Elizabeth Asmis

Biography and Interests: 

Elizabeth Asmis

Title: Professor of Classics and in the College
Education: Ph.D. Yale University, 1970
Office: Classics 25B
Areas of Specialization: Ancient Philosophy

Asmis is the author of Epicurus’ Scientific Method and numerous articles on Plato, Philodemus, Lucretius, Seneca, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and others. Her current projects include a book on Lucretius, showing how he adapts Epicurus' physics and ethics to his audience. She also does research on ancient aesthetics, Cicero's political philosohpy, and the reception of ancient philosophy. Her teaching covers Greek and Roman philosophy, rhetoric, and medicine.

Recent Publications: 

Full List of Publications


  • Co-editor (with Shadi Bartsch, and Martha Nussbaum), Seneca’s Complete Works, 2010-17, University of Chicago Press.
  • Epicurus' Scientific Method. Cornell University Press, 1984.

Book Reviews


  • "A Tribute to a Hero: Marx's interpretation of Epicureanism in his Dissertation". Forthcoming in volume on the reception of Lucretius, edited by Donncha O'Rourke, Cambridge University Press.
  • "Lucretian Pleasure". Forthcoming in volume of conference proceedings edited by William V. Harris, Columbia University.
  • "The Stoics on the Craft of Poetry". Rheinisches Museum 160 (2017) 113–151.
  • "Lucretius' Reception of Epicurus: De Rerum Natura as a Conversion Narrative". Hermes 144/4 (2016): 239-61.
  • "Art and Morality". A companion to Ancient Aesthetics. Eds. P. Destrée and P. Murray. Malden, MA. (Wiley Blackwell) 2015: 486-504.
  • "Venus and the Passion for Renewal in Lucretius's On the Nature of Things." In Venus as Muse. Eds. H. Berressem, G. Blamberger, Sebastian Goth, Leiden, Brill/Rodopi 2015: 41-54.
  • "Seneca's Originality". In The Cambridge Companion to Seneca. Eds. S. Bartsch and A. Schiesaro. Cambridge 2015: 224-38.
  • "Cicero Mythologus: the Myth of the Founders in de republica." Classical Journal 110 (2014): 23-42.
  • "Galen's De indolentia and the Creation of a Personal Philosophy." In Galen's De indolentia. Ed. C. Rothschild and T. Thompson. Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum. Tübingen 2014: 127-42.


  • Greek Orators
  • Stoics and Epicureans
  • Roman Stoicism
  • Ancient Medicine
  • Vergil's Georgics
  • Lucretius and Marx
  • Cicero and Machiavelli
  • Plato’s Politicus