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Alex Long


Alex Long
Postal address:
School of Classics
The Scores
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 461607

Research overview

I work on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy. I have written two monographs, one about conversation and thought – especially thought as internal dialogue – in Plato, the other about death and immortality in Greek and Roman philosophy. I co-edit the journal Phronesis and the Cambridge University Press series Key Themes in Ancient Philosophy I have also translated two Platonic dialogues (with David Sedley) and edited a collection of papers on Plato and Stoicism.

Current Research

  • Editing a collection on immortality in ancient philosophy and theology, from the early Pythagoreans to Augustine
  • Nature in political philosophy and ethics
  • Belief and judgement, doxa and dogma (especially in Parmenides, Plato and the Stoic writer Epictetus)
  • Law and legislation in ancient writing on politics and education


PhD research projects available

I am glad to supervise PhD students in ancient philosophy and encourage prospective applicants to make contact. I recommend looking at the profiles of the other scholars in ancient philosophy working in St Andrews (see above) to see the range of expertise here. Postgraduate students currently or recently supervised by me have worked on Plato, Xenophon, political philosophy and Hellenistic philosophy.

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