Johannes Baltussen

Professor Johannes Baltussen

Professor

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Han Baltussen (FAHA) was appointed to one of the University's founding chairs, the W.W. Hughes Professor in Classics (2011-present) at the Department of Classics (now Dept. of Historical and Classical Studies). He is also an affiliate of the Department of Philosophy and the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions. After his education in Classics and a PhD in Ancient Philosophy at Utrecht University (1993), he held several postdoctoral fellowships (Utrecht University; Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington D.C.; Kings College London).He was awarded fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2006), the Flemish Royal Academy in Brussels (2010), Leiden University (2014), the Institute of Advanced Studies (UWA, 2017) and the Dorothy Tarrant Fellowship, ICS/London (2021, postponed to 2022). He was co-editor of the Cambridge journal Antichthon (2015–2021) and served as the Head of the Academy's Section of Classical Studies (2017–2020). He has published 3 monographs, 3 edited volumes and written numerous articles on a range of topics in ancient philosophy and intellectual history.

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, and a new translation of Eunapius' VPS for the well-known Loeb Classical Library series.

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.

COver Peripatetics
Published Dec. 2016
Cover for The Art of Veiled Speech (2015)
Published 2015
Cover for Greek and Roman Consolations (2013)
Published 2013
Cover for translation of SImpicius book1.5-9
Published 2012
Cover for Philosophy and Exegesis in Simplifies (2008)
Published 2008
Cover of Commentary Conference
Published 2004 (2 vols)
Cover for Theophrastus monograph
Published 2000

 

PROJECT GRANTING BODY YEAR AMOUNT
Dorothy Tarrant Fellow 2020 (postponed to 2022-23 due to covid restrictions) Institute of Classical Studies, London 2020 $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

 

N.B.1. CC=Course Coordinator; L=Lecturer; T=Tutor; N.B.2. Course availability: annually [a], or alternating in even [e] or odd [o] years

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    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 Principal Supervisor The Broken Body in Greek and Roman Antiquity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Mary Elizabeth Harpas
    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
    2020 Co-Supervisor (Mis)translation of Sexual Violence in Ovid's Metamorphoses Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Gemma Caitlin Neall
  • 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 Miss Tiana Blazevic-Bastow
    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
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83135288
  • Email: han.baltussen@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83134341
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 8
  • Org Unit: School of Humanities

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