Elizabeth Asmis

Elizabeth Asmis

Elizabeth Asmis is Professor in the Department of Classics. She is the author of Epicurus’ Scientific Method and articles on Plato, Philodemus, Lucretius, Epictetus, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius. Her current research focuses on Roman Stoicism and Cicero’s political philosophy. Her teaching covers Greek and Roman philosophy and literary criticism. She is the editor of Classical Philology.

Contact

Department of Classics
1115 E. 58th St
Chicago, IL 60637

office: Classics 25B
email: e-asmis@uchicago.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Publications

Book

  • Epicurus’ Scientific Method. Cornell University Press, 1984.

Articles

  • “Philodemus on Anger”. In Epicurus and the Epicurean Tradition. Ed. J. Fish and K. Sanders, Cambridge University Press, 2011: 152–82
  • “Epicurean Empiricism.” In Cambridge Companion to Epicureanism, ed. by James Warren. Cambridge 2009: 84–104
  • “Seneca on Fortune and the Kingdom of God.” In Seneca and the Self, ed. by S. Bartsch and David Wray, Cambridge 2009: 115–38.
  • “Cicero on Natural Law and the Laws of the State.” In Classical Antiquity 27 (2008): 1–34.
  • “Lucretius’ New World Order: Making a Pact with Nature”. In Classical Quarterly 58 (2008): 141–57.
  • “Myth and Philosophy in Cleanthes’ Hymn to Zeus”. In Greek Roman and Byzantine Studies 47 (2007): 413–29.
  • “A New Kind of Model: Cicero’s Roman Constitution in De republica.” In American Journal of Philology 126 (2005): 377–416.
  • “The State as a Partnership: Cicero’s Definition of res publica in his work On the State.” In History of Political Thought 25 (2004): 569–98.
  • “L’education épicurienne” . In Que reste-t-il de l’education classique? Edited by Jean-Marie Pailler and Pascal Payen. Presses Universitaires du Mirail, 2004. Pp. 211–18.
  • “Sound and Sense in Philodemus’ Poetics.” Cronache Ercolanesi 34 (2004): 5–27.
  • “Epicurean Economics”. In Philodemus and the New Testament World, edited by John T. Fitzgerald, Glenn Holland, and Dirk Obbink. Supplements to Novum Testamentum. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2003.
  • “Choice in Epictetus’ Philosophy”. In Antiquity and Humanity: Essays on Ancient Religion and Philosophy presented to Hans Dieter Betz on his 70th Birthday, edited by Adela Yarbro Collins and Margaret M. Mitchell, Tübingen: 2001. Pp. 385–412.
  • “Basic Education in Epicureanism”. In Education in Greek and Roman Antiquity, edited by Yun Lee Too. Brill 2001. Pp. 209–39.
  • “The Politician as Public Servant in Cicero’s De Republica”. In Cicéron et Philodème. La Polémique en philosophie, edited by Clara Auvray-Assayas and Daniel Delattre. Paris, 2001. Pp. 109–128.
  • “Epicurean Epistemology”. Forthcoming in Cambridge History of Hellenistic Philosophy, edited by Jonathan Barnes, Jaap Mansfeld, and Malcolm Schofield, Cambridge University Press.
  • “Inner Selves and Outer Selves”. Response to Burkert, W. “Towards Plato and Paul: The ‘Inner’ Human Being.” In Ancient and Modern Perspectives on the Bible and Culture, ed. A. Y. Collins. 83–87. Atlanta, 1998.
  • “Hellenistic Aesthetics. Philosophers and Literary Critics”. Article in Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, ed. Michael Kelly. Vol. 2, 389–91. Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Articles on Epicurus, Panaetius, Philodemus, Seneca, and Epictetus, in Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. D. Zeyl, Greenwood Press, 1997
  • “Lucretius on the Growth of Ideas”. In Epicureismo greco e romano,Atti del Congresso internazionale Napoli, 19–26 maggio 1993, ed. by M. Gigante. 3 vols. Vol. 2, 763–78. Naples, 1996.
  • “The Stoics on Women”. In Ancient Philosophy and Feminism, ed. by J. Ward. 68–94. Routledge, 1996.
  • “Epicurean Semiotics”. In Knowledge Through Signs, Ancient Semiotic Theories and Practices, ed. by G. Manetti. 155–85. Brepols, 1995.
  • Foreword to: Mark Usher, Texts and Their Transformations: Continuity and Change to the Classical Tradition, Chicago 1994, pp. xi–xii.
  • “Philodemus on Censorship, Moral Utility, and Formalism on Poetry”. In Philodemus and Poetry: Poetic Theory and Practice in Lucretius, Philodemus and Horace, ed. by D. Obbink. 148–77. Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • “Asclepiades Rediscovered?” Review article of J. T. Vallance, The Lost Theory of Asclepiades of Bithynia Oxford 1992. In Classical Philology 88 (1993): 137–48.
  • “An Epicurean Survey of Poetic Theories (Philodemus On Poems 5, cols. 26–36)”. Classical Quarterly 42 (1992): 395–415.
  • “Plato on Poetic Creativity”. In The Cambridge Companion to Plato, edited by Richard Kraut. 338–64. Cambridge University Press, 1992.
  • “Neoptolemus and the Classification of Poetry”. Classical Philology 87 (1992): 206–31.
  • “Crates on Poetic Criticism”. Phoenix. 46 (1991): 138–69.
  • “Epicurean Poetics”. In Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 7, 1991, pp. 63–93. Reprinted in Philodemus and Poetry: Poetic Theory and Practice in Lucretius, Philodemus and Horace, ed. by D. Obbink, Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • “Philodemus’ Poetic Theory and ‘On the Good King According to Homer’”. Classical Antiquity, 10 (1991): 1–45.
  • “Free Action and the Swerve.” Review article of Walter G. Englert’s Epicurus on the Swerve and Voluntary Action. In Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 8 (1990): 269–285.
  • “Seneca on the Happy Life”. In The Poetics of Therapy, ed. by M. Nussbaum, Apeiron 23 (1990): 219–255.
  • “The Poetic Theory of the Stoic ‘Aristo’”. Apeiron 23 (1990): 147–201.
  • “Philodemus’ Epicureanism”. In Aufstieg und Niedergang der Römischen Welt, part II, v. 36.4, ed. by W. Haase, Berlin 1990, 2369–2406.
  • “The Stoicism of Marcus Aurelius”. In Aufstieg und Niedergang der Römischen Welt, part II, v. 36.3, Berlin 1989, 2228–2252.
  • “Roman Philosophical Movements”. In Civilization of the Ancient Mediterranean, edited by Michael Grant, v. 3, New York 1988, 1637–1649.
  • Psychagogia in Plato’s Phaedrus”. Illinois Studies in Classical Philology 11 (1986): 153–72.
  • “Rhetoric and Reason in Lucretius”. American Journal of Philology 104 (1983): 36–66.
  • “Lucretius’ Venus and Stoic Zeus”. Hermes 110 (1982): 458–470.
  • “Lucretius’ Explanation of Moving Dream Figures at 4.768–776”. American Journal of Philology 102 (1981): 138–145.
  • “What is Anaximander’s Apeiron?”. Journal of the History of Philosophy 19 (1981): 279–297.

Book Reviews

  • Voula Tsouna, The Ethics of Philodemus. Oxford 2007. In Bryn Mawr Classical Review (July 17, 2008)
  • Richard Janko, ed. and tr. Philodemus’ On Poems Book I. In Classical Philology 97 (2002): 383–94.
  • A. S. L. Farquharson, tr. The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Oxford 1989; and R. B. Rutherford, The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, Oxford 1989. In Ancient Philosophy 13 (1993): 475–80.
  • M. Griffin and J. Barnes, eds. Philosophia Togata. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989. In Ancient Philosophy 11 (1991):223–225.
  • G. E. R. Lloyd. Revolutions of Wisdom. In Philosophical Review 100 (1991):321–324.
  • Sven-Tage Teodorsson. Anaxagoras’s Theory of Matter. In International Studies in Philosophy 20 (1988): 116.
  • Guido Bonelli. I motivi profondi della poesia lucreziana. In Gnomon 1987, 160–62.
  • Richard D. Mohr. The Platonic Cosmology. In Phoenix 41 (1987): 89–90.
  • Philip De Lacy and Estelle De Lacy. Philodemus: On Methods of Inference. In Ancient Philosophy 6 (1986): 51–55.
  • Diskin Clay. Lucretius and Epicurus. In Journal of the History of Philosophy 23 (1985): 424–25.
  • David E. Hahm. The Origin of Stoic Cosmology. In Philosophical Review 87 (1978): 620–23.
  • Owsei Temkin. Galenism. Rise and Decline of a Medical Philosophy. In Philosophical Review 84 (1975): 567–70.
  • Edward Hussey. The Presocratics. In Philosophical Review 84 (1975): 287–90.
  • J. M. Rist. Epicurus: An Introduction. In Philosophical Review 83 (1974): 413–16.
  • Robert B. Palmer and Robert Hamerton-Kelly, eds. Philomathes: Studies and Essays in the Humanities in Memory of Philip Merlan. In Classical World 66 (1972): 179–80.

Most Recently Taught Courses

  • Greek Orators
  • Stoics and Epicureans
  • Study Abroad Program in Rome
  • Epicureanism
  • Cicero and Machiavelli
  • Intermediate Greek
  • The Roman Stoics
  • Plato’s Politicus