Johannes Baltussen

Professor Johannes Baltussen

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 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.

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


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.

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
  • Position: Hughes Professor of Classics
  • Phone: 83135288
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  • Fax: 8313 4341
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 8
  • Room: 8 10
  • Org Unit: Classics, Archaeology & Ancient History

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