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Department of Classics and Ancient History


Prof. Christopher Rowe, MA, PhD (Cantab.) OBE

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Christopher Rowe (Head of Department 2004-8) retired in 2009 as Professor of Greek. He is author of The Eudemian and Nicomachean Ethics: a study in the development of Aristotle's thought (CUP, 1971) and Plato (Harvester, 1984; second edition, Duckworth, 2003). He has written commentaries on Hesiod (Bristol Classical Press, 1978) and on four dialogues of Plato: Phaedrus (Aris & Phillips, 1986), Phaedo (CUP, 1993), Statesman (Aris & Phillips, 1995), and Symposium (Aris & Phillips, 1998).

He also edited Reading the Statesman: Proceedings of the III. Symposium Platonicum (Academia Verlag, 1995) and was joint editor of, and contributor to, The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Political Thought (CUP, 2000). He is joint editor (with Julia Annas) of New Perspectives on Plato, Modern and Ancient (Harvard University Press for the Center for Hellenic Studies, 2002), and has produced a new translation of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics to accompany a fine, full philosophical commentary by Sarah Broadie (OUP). With Terry Penner, he has written a monograph on Plato's Lysis, published by CUP in 2005, in the series Cambridge Studies in the Dialogues of Plato edited by M.M.McCabe.

In the past Professor Rowe has been Chair of the Council of University Classical Departments, Chair of Council of the Classical Association, interim Chair of the Classical Association Journals Board (the Managing Board for Classical Quarterly, Classical Review and Greece & Rome), President of the Hellenic Society, and Joint Editor of Phronesis, based in Leiden (1997-2003), of which he is now a member of the Advisory Board; he is also a member of the Founding Editorial Board of History of Political Thought (Exeter), of the Editorial Board of the Academia Verlag series International Plato Studies (Sankt Augustin), of the Consejo Consultivo for Méthexis (Buenos Aires), and of the Comité scientifique for Philosophie Antique. Problèmes, Renaissances, Usages (Lille).

He has been a Junior Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC, and a Solmsen Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, Wisconsin-Madison. He has held a Leverhulme Personal Research Professorship (1999-2004), for which his chief projects were Plato's Lysis (see above), and a major monograph on Plato as a philosophical writer: Plato and the Art of Philosophical Writing (CUP 2007).

Professor Rowe was appointed OBE in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to scholarship.

Research Interests

  • Aristotle
  • Greek philosophy
  • Greek political theory
  • Socrates and Plato

Selected Publications

Books: authored

  • Rowe, Christopher (2012). Plato, Republic (new translation, with introduction and notes). Penguin.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2010). The Last Days of Socrates. Penguin.
  • Rowe, Christopher. (2007). Plato and the Art of Philosophical Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Penner, Terry & Rowe, Christopher. (2005). Plato's Lysis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Books: booklets

Books: edited

  • Annas, Julia & Rowe, Christopher. (2002). New Perspectives on Plato, Modern and Ancient. Washington, DC: Harvard University Press for Center for Hellenic Studies (Trustees for Harvard University).
  • Rowe CJ, M Schofield [co-editor and co-author], [about 20 other contributors] (2000). The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Political Thought.

Books: sections

  • Rowe, Christopher (2005). What difference do Forms make to Platonic epistemology?. In Virtue, Norms, and Objectivity: Issues in Ancient and Modern Ethics. Gill, Christopher Oxford: Clarendon Press. 215-232.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2003). Plato. In The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Philosophy. Sedley, D.N. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 98-124.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2003). Plato on knowing and merely believing. In Ideal and Culture of Knowledge in Plato. Detel, W.,, Becker, A., & Scholz, P. Stuttgart: 57-68.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2003). Plato, Socrates and developmentalism. In Desire, Identity and Existence Studies in Honour of T.M.Penner. Reshotko, N. Kelowna, BC, Canada: 17-32.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2003). Reply to Richard Kraut. In Plato and Aristotle's Ethics. Heinaman, R. Aldershot: 168-176.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2003). Reply to Roger Crisp. In Plato and Aristotle's Ethics. Heinaman, R. Aldershot: 79-86.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2003). The status of the 'myth' in Plato's Timaeus. In Plato Physicus Cosmologia e antropologia nel Timeo. Natali, C., & Maso, S. Amsterdam: Adolf Hakkert. 21-31.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2002). Handling a philosophical text. In The Classical Commentary History, Practices, Theory. Gibson, R.K., & Kraus, C.S. Leiden: Brill. 295-318.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2002). The Politeiai of Zeno and Plato. In The Philosophy of Zeno. Scaltsas, T., & Mason, A. Larnaka: 291-308.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2002). Zwei oder drei Phasen? Der Mythos im Politikos. In Platon als Mythologe Neue Interpretationen zu den Mythen in Platons Dialogen. Janka, M., & Schäfer, C. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft. 160-175.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2001). Socrates. In Fifty Major Thinkers on Education from Confucius to Dewey. Palmer, Joy A. London: Routledge. 5-10.

Essays in edited volumes

  • Rowe, Christopher (Published). Charioteer and his Horses: an example of Platonic myth-making. In Plato’s Myths. C.Partenie Cambridge University Press. 134-147.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2011). Socratic citizenship. In The Notion of Citizenship in Greek Philosophy. E.Moutsopoulos & M.Protopapas-Marneli Academy of Athens Research Centre on Greek Philosophy. 58-69.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2010). Boys, Kingship, and Board-games: a note on Plato, Politicus 292E-293A. In Il quinto secolo. Studi di filosofia in onore di Livio Rossetti. S.Giombini & F.Marcacci Aguaplano-Officina del Libro. 529-533.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2010). L'argument relatif à la pleonexia dans le premier livre de la République deux conceptions de ce que c'est qu' “avoir davantage”. In Aglaïa. Autour de Platon. Mélanges offerts à Monique Dixsaut. A.Brancacci, D.El Murr & D.Taormina Vrin. 289-305.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2010). On Grey-haired Babies: Plato, Hesiod, and visions of the past (and future). In Plato and Hesiod. G.R.Boys-Stones & J.H.Haubold Oxford University Press. 298-316.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2010). Plato. In The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Ancient Greece and Rome. M.Gagarin Oxford University Press. 5: 297-307.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2010). Self-examination. In The Cambridge Companion to Socrates. D.Morrison Cambridge University Press. 201-214.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2010). The Good and the Just in Plato’s Gorgias. In Socrates, Plato, Aristotle. In Honor of G.Santas. G.Anagnostopoulos Philosophical Inquiry/Polyentupo Editions. 169-189.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2010). The relationship of the Laws to other dialogues: a proposal. In A Handbook to Plato’s Laws. C.Bobonich Cambridge University Press. 29-50.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2010). Thomas Taylor the Platonist. In Argumenta in dialogos Platonis, Teil I: Platoninterpretation und ihre Hermeneutik von der Antike bis zum Beginn des 19. Jahrhunderts. A.Neschke-Hentschke Basel. 315-325.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2009). Charioteer and his Horses: an example of Platonic myth-making. In Plato’s Myths. C.Partenie Cambridge University Press. 134-147.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2009). Greek Political Theory. In The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies. Boys-Stones, G. R., Graziosi, B. & Vasunia, P. Oxford University Press. 401 - 409.
  • Rowe, Christopher & OKell, Eleanor (2009). The “Research-Teaching Nexus” and the Learning-Teaching Relationship: who’s in charge?’. In Arts and Humanities in Higher Education 8. 180-190.
  • Rowe, Christopher. (2007). Plato and the Persian Wars. In Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars. Bridges, E., Hall, E. & Rhodes, P. J. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 85-104.

Translated: Book

Journal papers: academic

  • Rowe, Christopher (2011). Reading Socrates in Plato’s Dialogues. Hermathena 186: 25-41.
  • Rowe, C. (2010). How to Read Plato: Some Rival Approaches. The Journal of Greco-Roman Studies 42: 161-179.
  • Rowe, Christopher (2001). Killing Socrates Plato's later thoughts on democracy. Journal of Hellenic Studies 121: 63-76.

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