School of Humanities
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Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Han Baltussen (FAHA) is the W.W. Hughes Professor of Classics —one of Adelaide University's two founding chairs (1874)— at the Department of Historical and Classical Studies. He received the B.A., M.A. in Classics from the University of Utrecht (1983, 1986) and Ph.D. in Ancient Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy at Utrecht University (1993). Before coming to the University of Adelaide he held several postdoctoral positions and worked at Kings College London (Philosophy Dept.) as a tutor in ancient philosophy and chief assistant editor to the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle Translation Project.
Professor Baltussen's research focuses on the history of ancient culture and thought from Homer to Simplicius. His first monograph 'Theophrastus Against the Presocratics and Plato' (Brill 1993) shows how applied dialectic operated in the school of Aristotle when criticising earlier ideas of perception. His second book 'Philosophy and Exegesis in Simplicius' (Duckworth 2008) clarifies the methodology of a late Platonist commentator and his importance for earlier Greek philosophy, while 'The Peripatetics' (Routledge 2016) studies the post-Aristotelian Peripatetics up to the second century CE. In several (co)edited volumes he has explored themes such as philosophical commentaries (2004), consolation (2013), censorship (2015), and pain narratives (2023). His many articles explore a range of topics in ancient philosophy and intellectual history. A new text and translation of Eunapius for Loeb (2023) lays the groundwork for a new interpretation of the text. His current projects include a short book on self-consolation, a book chapter on the physiology of blood in early Greece (with M. Harpas) and a co-edited volume on the cultural history of love (with Marguerite Johnson) for Bloomsbury (expected early 2024).
Professor Baltussen has been awarded prestigious visiting appointments, including fellowships at Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies (JRF, Washington D.C. 1996-97), the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (School of Historical Studies, 2006), the Royal Flemish Academy in Brussels (2010) and the Institute of Classical Studies, London (Dorothy Tarrant Fellowship, 2023).
He served as Head of Department (2009-2013) and as the Head of the Classical Studies Section of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2017–2020), and serves on the Advisory Boards of the journals 'Studies in Late Antiquity' and 'Aristotelica', the book series 'Rutgers Studies in the Humanities' (Routledge) and the ERC Project "Fragments of Aristotle" which is based at the University of Padua (Italy).
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My research interests cover a range of topics in intellectual history and the history of ideas -- from antiquity to the early modern age. My work has successfully connected the world of Greece and Rome with our own time, in both public talks and scholarly projects on topical subjects such as grief (see The Conversation and "The Power of the Humanities"), censorship, Stoicism. I have collaborated with colleagues on subversion and censorship (with P.J. Davis), the transmission of philosophy from the Hellenistic period to Late Antiquity (with DT Runia and J Mansfeld), and Stoicism in the Enlightenment (with Lisa Hill). I regularly give public talks and lectures to highlight the ongoing importance of human concerns so similar across time. I was co-editor of the journal Antichthon, published by Cambridge University Press 2015-2021. My current book projects concern ancient consolations, a commentary on Theophrastus' fragments in doxography. The most recent publications are a new text and translation of Eunapius. Lives of Philosophers and Sophists for the well-known Loeb Classical Library series (vol. 134 Harvard Press, combined with Graeme Miles' Philostratus. Lives of Sophists, June 2023) and Pain Narratives in Greco-Roman Writings (jointly edited with J.R. Clarke and D. King, EJ Brill, July 2023).
Excellence in Research Australia (ERA): My research outputs go mostly towards Field of Research (FoR) 2203 Philosophy, some towards 2202, History and Philosophy of Specific Fields & 2005 Literary Studies. In the 2015 and 2018 ERA results, Philosophy at Adelaide received a score of 5 out of 5.
Date Position Institution name 2011 - ongoing Walter W. Hughes Professor of Classics University of Adelaide 2010 - 2011 Associate Professor University of Adelaide 2005 - 2010 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide 2002 - 2005 Lecturer University of Adelaide 2001 - 2001 Adjunct lecturer Greek philosophy University College London 1997 - 2002 Research Associate and temporary lecturer & tutor King's College London 1997 - 2002 Chief Assistant Editor Ancient Commentators Project (0.8) King's College London 1996 - 1997 Postdoctoral research fellow Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies 1993 - 1996 Postdoctoral research associate Utrecht University
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2023 Fellowship Dorothy Tarrant Fellowship Institute of Classical Studies, London United Kingdom £5,000 2017 Fellowship Visiting Professor Institute for Advanced Study Institute for Advanced Studies, UWA Australia $3,000 2014 Scholarship Spinoza Fellow Leiden University Leiden University (LUCAS) Netherlands - 2010 Fellowship Fellowship Royal Flemish Academy Brussels Royal Academy Brussels Belgium - 2010 Research Award Faculty Research Award University of Adelaide Australia - 2009 Fellowship Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities Australian Academy of the Humanities Australia - 2006 Fellowship Member, School of Historical Studies (IAS Princeton) Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ United States $20,000 1996 Scholarship Junior Fellow Centre for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University United States 40,000
Language Competency Dutch; Flemish Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review French Can read, write and understand spoken German Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Italian Can read
Date Institution name Country Title 1988 - 1993 Utrecht University Netherlands PhD 1983 - 1986 Utrecht University Netherlands MA 1978 - 1983 Utrecht University Netherlands BA
Original Creative Works
Year Citation 2012 Authors: Baltussen JN, Share, M, Atkinson, M, Mueller, I.. Title: Simplicius, Commentary on Aristotle's Physics 1.5-9 (translated from Ancient Greek with annotations). Description: N/A. Extent: 1.5.
Year Citation 2015 Baltussen, H., & Marks, K. (2015). Learning lessons from Antiquity about Coping with Grief. Australia Academy of the Humanities. 2012 Baltussen, J. N. (2012). Coping with Bereavement and Grief: Lessons from History. The Conversation. - Baltussen, H. (n.d.). Theophrastus of Eresus. Oxford University Press.
|Dorothy Tarrant Fellow 2020 (postponed to Jan-Feb. 2023 due to covid restrictions)||Institute of Classical Studies, London||2023||$10,000|
|Short-term fellowship||Institute for Advanced Studies (UWA)||2017||$3,000|
|Paper international Conference||Center for the History of Emotions (AI)||2015||$3,000|
|"Stoic Liberalism and the Enlightenment" (with Lisa Hill)||Australian Research Council (DP)||2014-16||$300,000|
|"The Dynamics of Censorship in Antiquity" (with Peter J. Davis)||Australian Research Council (DP)||2011-13||$249,000|
|Short-term fellowship||Leiden University (Spinoza Fellow)||2014||$3,000|
|Invited paper international Conference||Center for the History of Emotions (AI)||2014||$3,000|
|"Hitching a Ride on iPods" (podcasting to enhance student engagement)||DVC(A) eLearning grant||2013||$13,000|
|Overseas conference papers, archival research in UK libraries||Various Faculty Travel Grants||2005-13||$18,000|
|Invited paper international Conference||Center for the History of Emotions (AI)||2012||$3,000|
|"Ancient consolation and psychotherapy"||Australian Research Council (DP)||2007-09||$69,000|
|Simplicius' Methodology||Faculty Small Research Grant||2003||$3,500|
|International conference London||Multiple sources (UK based)||2002||£10,220|
|Junior Fellowship||Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington D.C.||1996-97||$40,000|
|Travel grant short study leave, Fondation Hardt (Geneva, Switzerland)||Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)||1996||€2,000|
|PhD scholarship||Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)||1993-96||$68,000|
Courses I (co)teach:
- CLAS 1003 Introduction to Greek and Roman History [annually]
- CLAS 2008 True Lies: Science and Fiction in the Roman Empire 
- CLAS 2029 Rome! Rise of Empire [2023, 2025]
- CLAS 2032 Classical Mythology [2023, 2025]
- CLAS 2038OL Latin and Greek for Scientists: The Language of Science (summer Jan., online only)
- CLAS 3026 Journeys to the Underworld from Homer to Hollywood 
- CLAS 3030 Athens to Alexandria (capstone course) [annually, semester 2]
- CLAS 4001-3 Honours (common and special courses; thesis) [annually]
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2023 Principal Supervisor Greek Physicians Under Rome: Immigration and Integration Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Chelsea May Louise Schwartz 2022 Principal Supervisor Visualising Human Anatomy and Physiology in Medical Literature (10th - 17th c.) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Mary Elizabeth Harpas 2022 Co-Supervisor Love in Gethsemane: The Consolatory Legacy of Thomas More in the Writings of English Exiles and Martyrs Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mitchell Robert Thompson 2022 Co-Supervisor Legitimacy and Authoritarianism in the Late Roman Republic Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nicholas Keefe George 2021 Principal Supervisor From Magic to Medicine: The dynamics of faith and science in drug development in antiquity. Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Mr Greg Macpherson
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2020 - 2021 Co-Supervisor ‘A lightness that is both new and a return’: Nekyia and katabasis in twenty-first century receptions of the Iliad Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Patrick James Moritz 2019 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Classical Ideas of Physiology and Pathology: Understandings of the Living Body in the Hippocratic Corpus Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Mary Elizabeth Harpas 2019 - 2021 Principal Supervisor The Ascent to the Hidden One: The Reception of the Egyptian One God in Neoplatonism and the Greek Magical Papyri Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Tiana Blazevic 2019 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Veiled Criticism in Seneca’s Epistulae Morales Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Tamas Karoly Preston 2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Dental Crown Morphology Variations Associated with Congenital Syphilis and their Importance in Paleopathological Diagnosis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Stella Ioannou 2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Faunus and the Fauns in Latin Literature of the Republic and Early Empire Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Tammy DI-Giusto 2012 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Venus Restrained: The Regulation of Rome's Women in the Second Punic War. Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Lewis Mark Webb 2011 - 2017 Co-Supervisor A Dynamic Equilibrium: Doctors and Patients in Seventeenth Century England Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Elizabeth Connolly 2005 - 2008 Co-Supervisor Understanding and Dealing with Evil and Suffering: A Fourth Century A.D Pagan Perspective Master of Arts Master Part Time Ms Susanne Harvey Wallis
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2021 - 2022 Member Professorial Committee for Fellowship Program University of Adelaide Australia 2018 - 2018 Member ERA REC Humanities and Creative Arts University of Adelaide Australia 2014 - ongoing Member Research Committee School of Humanities University of Adelaide Australia 2014 - 2016 - Member Executive Council Australian Academy of the Humanities Australia 2011 - 2020 Advisory Board Member Barr Smith B. Cowan Scholarship Committee University of Adelaide Australia 2009 - 2014 - Member Faculty Research Committee University of Adelaide Australia 2004 - 2008 - Chair Faculty Library Committee University of Adelaide Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2010 - ongoing Member Australian Historical Association Australia 2003 - ongoing Board Member Australasian Society of Classical Studies Australia 1998 - ongoing Member Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies (UK) United Kingdom 1997 - ongoing Member Society for Classical Studies (US) United States
Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country 2023 - ongoing Padua University Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World Scientific research Italy 2020 - 2020 TEQSA College Scientific research Australia
Date Office Name Institution Country 2017 - 2020 Head of Classics Section, Australian Academy Australian Academy of the Humanities Australia 2015 - ongoing Editor Antichthon: journal of ancient world studies Australasian Society for Classical Studies Australia 2014 - 2016 Council Member, Australian Academy Australian Academy of the Humanities Australia 2013 - 2017 Program Coordinator BA(Advanced) University of Adelaide Australia 2009 - 2013 Head of Department University of Adelaide Australia 2003 - ongoing Adelaide Representative Executive Board Australasian Society for Classical Studies Australia
Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice
Date Title Type Institution Country 2019 - ongoing Flemish Science Foundation Grant Assessment Flanders Science Foundation (FWO) Belgium 2015 - 2021 Editor of Antichthon (Greek materials) Editorial University of Adelaide - 2014 - ongoing Reviewer fellowship applications Grant Assessment Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton United States
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