Hughes Professor of Classics
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Han Baltussen is the W.W. Hughes Professor at the Department of Classics, Archaeology and Ancient History. Initially trained as a Classical scholar with special focus on literature, comparative grammar and philosophy, he specialised in Greek and Roman philosophy and was awarded his PhD in Ancient Philosophy at Utrecht University (1993). Before coming to Adelaide he was postdoctoral fellow at Utrecht University (1993–1996), Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies (Washington D.C., 1996–1997) and Kings College London (Ancient Commentators on Aristotle Project, 1997–2002). While in London he taught ancient Greek philosophy at King's College (Dept. of Philosophy 1998–2002, University College London 2001). He has been Member of the School of Humanities at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2006), Fellow at the Flemish Royal Academy in Brussels (2010), Visiting Professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies (UWA, 2014). Since 2011 he holds the Chair as ninth Hughes Professor of Classics, one of the University's three founding chairs, which had been vacant since 1992. He is Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2009–present), Editor of the journal Antichthon (Greek materials, 2015–2020) and serves as the Head of the Academy's Section of Classical Studies (Nov. 2017–Nov. 2020). He has been awarded a Visiting Fellowship at the HRC/ANU (not taken up due to COVID) and a Dorothy Tarrant Fellowship at the ICS London for 2021 (April-June). He is the author of 3 monographs, has co-edited 3 volumes and written numerous articles on a range of topics in ancient philosophy and intellectual history.
- My Research
- Grants and Funding
- Professional Activities
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 am currently an Associate Investigator of the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions and co-editor of the journal Antichthon, published by Cambridge University Press. Other interests include the history of writing, reading and books. I am currently preparing a monograph on ancient consolations, a commentary on Theophrastus' fragmentary history of philosophy, and a new translation of the Lives of Philosophers and Sophists by Eunapius of Sardis 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.
Date Position Institution name 2011 Walter W. Hughes Professor of Classics University of Adelaide 2002 - 2011 Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor 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
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2021 Fellowship Dorothy Tarrant Fellowship Institute of Classical Studies United Kingdom £5,000 2020 Fellowship Visiting Professor Australian National University Australia non-stipendiary 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 — 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
Year Citation 2018 Baltussen, J. N. (2018). Theophrastus of Eresus. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics (ed. by D. Clayman), Oxford.
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.
|Short-term fellowship (not taken up due to covid restrictions)||Humanities Research Centre, ANU||2020||(in kind)|
|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 Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)||1996||€2,000|
|PhD scholarship||Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)||1993-96||$68,000|
On study leave July-Dec 2020.
- CLAS 1003 Introduction to Greek and Roman History (L, T) [a]
- CLAS 1004 Introduction to Greek and Roman Literature (L, T) [a]
- CLAS 2008 Life in the Golden Age of Rome (L, T) [e]
- CLAS 2029 Rome! Rise of Empire (CC, L, T) [o]
- CLAS 2032 Classical Mythology (L, T) [o]
- CLAS 2037 Athenian Democracy: Reacting to the Past (CC, L, T,) [e/not in 2020]
- CLAS 2038OL Latin and Greek for Scientists (summer school, online) (CC, L) [a]
- CLAS 3026 Afterlife and Underworld in Antiquity (CC, L, T) [e]
- CLAS 3030 Athens to Alexandria (capstone course) [a]
- CLAS 4001-3 Honours (common and special courses; thesis) [a]
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 2020 Co-Supervisor The influence of Ovid’s self-reception on Ovidian scholarship and translation Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Gemma Caitlin Neall 2019 Principal Supervisor Platonists, Magicians and Ritual Power in Late Antiquity Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Tiana Blazevic 2019 Principal Supervisor Seneca's Moral Epistles Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Tamas Karoly Preston 2019 Co-Supervisor Postmodern Homer: Receptions of the Iliad and the Odyssey in the 21st Century Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Patrick James Moritz 2019 Principal Supervisor The Living Body in Early Greek Thought: Presocratic Philosophy and Early Greek Medicine Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Mary Elizabeth Harpas 2018 Principal Supervisor Dying to Have a Say: Freedom of Speech in the Early Roman Empire Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Emily Jane Chambers 2014 Co-Supervisor The First Liberals: Stoicism and The Enlightenment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Astrid Claire Lane
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 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 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 - ongoing — 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 2020 - 2020 TEQSA College Scientific research Australia
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2017 - ongoing Member Rutgers University Studies in the Classical Humanities Rutgers University United States 2016 - ongoing Board Member Studies in Late Antiquity — United States
Date Office Name Institution Country 2017 - 2020 Head of Classics Section 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 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
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