Dr Sophia Xenofontos

  • Lecturer in Classics (Classics)

Research interests

My research is primarily in the Greek literature of the 1st-2nd century AD with special emphasis on Plutarch. In my monograph Ethical Education in Plutarch: moralising agents and contexts, I look at how ethical knowledge operates in contexts of cultural identity and power.  Additionally, I have published extensively on the reconstruction of Plutarch’s lost hypomnemata (note-books), the use of different literary genres in his biographical corpus, and on complementarity and metatextuality in his Moralia.  I am also working on texts of practical ethics (protreptic, therapy, advice, consolation, diatribe etc) and the philosophical essays on the therapy of emotions.

Another principal area of research is Plutarch’s reception in Byzantium and the period of the Modern Greek Enlightenment. I am currently co-editing the Companion to the Reception of Plutarch for the Brill's Companions to Classical Reception series, which is meant to replace studies on Plutarch’s revival dating more than a century back.  I have just finished a book which centres on a fascinating late Byzantine work entitled On morals or concerning education written by the scholar and statesman Theodore Metochites. This provides the first ever English translation of the text together with Introduction and Notes, and is part of the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library series published by Harvard University Press.

I have recently developed a keen interest in the prominent physician Galen of Pergamum. I examine his psychological/moral writings and their interplay with Galenic medical theory and practice, attempting to cast light on notions of psychotherapy and moralising rhetoric. A five-year Wellcome Trust University Award will enable me to write a monograph entitled The physician of the soul: medicine and practical ethics in Galen. To that end, I co-organised an international conference ‘Greek medical texts and their audience: perception, transmission, reception’, which took place in London in December 2014; and more recently an interdisciplinary, Wellcome-funded conference on the history of psychotherapy across time, space and cultures (3-4 April 2017, University of Glasgow).

Currently I am the Principal Investigator and project leader on the AHRC-funded project “The reception of Aristotle in Byzantium”, which aims to compose the first-ever critical edition and English translation of the Commentary on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics by the Byzantine scholar George Pachymeres (1242-ca. 1310). For more information, see the project’s website.


Grants

  • July 2017: Wellcome Trust University Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Principal Investigator: “The Physician of the Soul: Medicine and Practical Ethics in Galen” (start date: December 2018, £248,257).
  • January 2017: AHRC Major Research Grant, BYZANTINE ARISTOTLE The reception of Aristotle in Byzantium: the first critical edition of George Pachymeres' Commentary on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (Principal Investigator, start date 1 September 2017, £199,827)
  • Feb 2016: John Robertson Bequest Grant, University of Glasgow, Research trips 
  • Jan 2016: Wellcome Trust Small Grant for the organisation of the conference ‘Other psychotherapies - across time, space, and cultures’, University of Glasgow (with G. Miller, R. White and C. McGeachan)
  • Dec. 2015: The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Research Incentive Grant (Principal Investigator)
  • Dec. 2015: School of Humanities Incentivisation Fund for presentations at international conferences
  • Aug 2014: A.G. Leventis Foundation and the Institute of Classical Studies Grants for the organisation of International conference on ‘Greek Medical Texts and their Audience’ at King’s College London 
  • May 2014: Wellcome Library Open Access Fund
  • 2013-2014: Wiener Anspach Postdoctoral Fellowship, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
  • 2013–2014: Mary O’ Seeger Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University, USA (declined in favour of the fellowship above)
  • Sep 2011: Conference Grant, Craven Committee, University of Oxford
  • 2009–2011: Alexander Onassis Foundation Doctoral Scholarship
  • 2007–2009: A.G. Leventis Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

Supervision

Supervision areas

  • Greek literature of the Imperial period, especially Plutarch and Galen
  • Practical ethics and history of emotions
  • Reception of the classical tradition

I am currently supervising the following PGR students:

  • Ian McElroy: "Converting temples; converting minds: temple-church conversion in the Mediterranean A.D. 300-800." (second supervisor)
  • Marisol Erdman: "A history of hallucinations in classical antiquity" (primary supervisor)

Teaching

At pre-Honours level, I lecture on Homer and Greek lyric as part of Classical Civilisation 1A: Greece from Troy to Plataea; on Catullus, Sallust, and aspects of Roman society, culture, and politics for Classical Civilisation 1B: Republican Rome; and on the ancient biographical tradition especially Suetonius and Plutarch for Classical Civilisation 2B: Imperial Rome.  I have convened Classical Civilisation 2B (2015), 1A (2016) and 1B (2017).

At Honours level, I teach the Core Travel Course (subject to demand), and contribute to the Greeks and Romans: Identity and Representation. The Honours courses I designed and implemented are the following: ‘How to lead the good life: Greek and Roman ethics’, ‘Ancient Medicine’,  ‘Ancient Biography’.  I also teach Greek 2B and 2C.

At MLitt level, I teach a course on Reception Studies entitled Explorations in the Classical Tradition and co-teach the Research Training course for postgraduates.


Additional Information

Membership of Professional and Learned Societies

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • External collaborator for the Borghesi-Mellon Interdisciplinany Workshops in the Humanities: “Plutarch in Byzantium”, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
  • External collaborator for the Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca et Byzantina (CAGB) project (under the auspices of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities), Germany
  • Member of the Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Glasgow
  • External collaborator for the Leverhulme-funded Network Project ‘Emotions through Time: from Antiquity to Byzantium’, University of Edinburgh
  • Affiliated scholar with Medical Humanities Network, University of Glasgow
  • Member of the Centre for the Study of Greek and Roman Antiquity, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford
  • Member of the Onassis Scholars Association
  • Member of the Leventis Scholars Association
  • Member of the International Plutarch Society

Research councils service

  • Research Assessor for the Carnegie Trust (Research Incentive Grants)
  • Outer Board Member and Evaluator for the Irish Research Council Postdoctoral International Assessment Board (Research Fellowship Scheme)
  • Evaluator of grant proposals for the National Science Center, Poland (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)

Commissions of trust

  • Referee for: Oxford University Press (book manuscripts); Wellcome Trust Open Research (articles); Transcultural Psychiatry (articles); Harvard Studies in Classical Philology (articles); Latomus (articles and book manuscripts); Illinois Classical Studies (articles); Philologus (articles); The Amphora Issue of the Melbourne Historical Journal (articles); Phoenix (articles)
  • Invited book reviewer for: Classical Review; Latomus; Journal of Hellenic Studies; Speculum

Publications

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2019

Oikonomopoulou, K. and Xenophontos, S. (Eds.) (2019) Brill's Companion to the Reception of Plutarch. Series: Brill's companions to classical reception. Brill: Leiden. (Accepted for Publication)

Xenofontos, S. (2019) Introduction. In: Oikonomopoulou, K. and Xenofontos, S. (eds.) Brill's Companion to the Reception of Plutarch. Brill: Leiden. (Accepted for Publication)

Xenofontos, S. (2019) Plutarch and Adamantios Koraes. In: Oikonomopoulou, K. and Xenofontos, S. (eds.) Brill's Companion to the Reception of Plutarch. Series: Brill's companions to classical reception. Brill: Leiden. (Accepted for Publication)

Xenofontos, S. (2019) Plutarch and Theodore Metochites. In: Oikonomopoulou, K. and Xenofontos, S. (eds.) Brill's Companion to the Reception of Plutarch. Series: Brill's companions to classical reception. Brill: Leiden. (Accepted for Publication)

Xenophontos, S. (2019) Theodore Metochites’ On Morals or Concerning Education: Introduction, Translation, and Notes. Series: Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library. Harvard University Press: Cambridge, Mass.; London. (Accepted for Publication)

2018

Xenofontos, S. (2018) The Byzantine Plutarch: self-identity and model in Theodore Metochites’ Essay 71 of the Semeiosis gnomikai. In: Mack, P. and North, J. (eds.) The Afterlife of Plutarch. Series: Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies Supplement. Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London: London, pp. 23-39. ISBN 9781905670666 (Accepted for Publication)

Xenofontos, S. (2018) J. Beneker and C. A. Gibson, eds. and trans., The Rhetorical Exercises of Nikephoros Basilakes: Progymnasmata from Twelfth-Century Byzantium. (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library 43.) Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press, 2016. Speculum, 93(3), pp. 792-793. [Book Review]

Bouras-Vallianatos,, P. and Xenophontos, S. (Eds.) (2018) Greek Medical Literature and its Readers: From Hippocrates to Islam and Byzantium. Series: Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London. Routledge. ISBN 9781472487919

Xenophontos, S. (2018) Galen’s Exhortation to the study of medicine: an educational work for prospective medical students. In: Bouras-Vallianatos, P. and Xenophontos, S. (eds.) Greek Medical Literature and its Readers: From Hippocrates to Islam and Byzantium. Series: Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 67-93. ISBN 9781472487919

2017

Xenofontos, S. (2017) Military space and paideia in the Lives of Pyrrhus and Marius. In: Georgiadou, A. and Oikonomopoulou, K. (eds.) Space, Time, and Language in Plutarch’s Vision of Greek Culture. De Gruyter: Berlin ; Boston, pp. 317-326. ISBN 9783110537710 (doi:10.1515/9783110539479-030)

Xenofontos, S. (2017) Review of Greek Manuscripts at the Wellcome Library: a Symposium and Concert. Society for the Social History of Medicine Gazette(78), pp. 3-4. [Book Review]

2016

Xenofontos, S. (2016) Stadter on Plutarch: Stadter (P.A.) Plutarch and his Roman Readers. Classical Review, 66(2), pp. 377-379. (doi:10.1017/S0009840X16001050) [Book Review]

Xenofontos, S. (2016) Casting light on the connection between Pseudo-Plutarch’s On the education of children and Galen’s Exhortation to the study of medicine. Latomus, 75(1), pp. 71-77.

Xenophontos, S. (2016) Ethical Education in Plutarch: Moralising Agents and Contexts. Series: Beiträge zur Altertumskunde, 349. De Gruyter. ISBN 9783110350364

2015

Xenophontos, S. (2015) The cultural dynamics of the term Hellanodikes in Palaiologan Byzantium. Byzantinische Zeitschrift, 108(1), pp. 219-228. (doi:10.1515/bz-2015-0012)

Xenofontos, S. (2015) S. Xenophontos on R. Rovira Reich. La educación política en la Antigüedad clásica. El enfoque sapiencial de Plutarco. Madrid: UNED, 2012. Latomus, 74(4), pp. 1168-1169. [Book Review]

Xenophontos, S. (2015) Plutarch and education. In: Bloomer, M. W. (ed.) A Companion to Ancient Education. Wiley Blackwell: Chichester, pp. 335-346. ISBN 9781444337532

2014

Xenofontos, S. (2014) Psychotherapy and moralising rhetoric in Galen’s newly discovered avoiding distress (Peri Alypias). Medical History, 58(4), pp. 585-603. (doi:10.1017/mdh.2014.54)

Xenophontos, S. (2014) Review of Mark Beck (ed.), A Companion to Plutarch. Blackwell companions to the ancient world, 98. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2014(09), p. 38. [Book Review]

Xenophontos, S. (2014) Review of The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire by Susan P. Mattern. Latomus, 73(2), pp. 534-536. [Book Review]

Xenophontos, S. (2014) Resorting to rare sources of antiquity: Nikephoros Basilakes and the popularity of Plutarch’s Parallel Lives in twelfth-century Byzantium. Parekbolai, 4(1), pp. 1-12.

Xenophontos, S. (2014) Xenophon, Memorabilia IV.1.4–5. Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 192, pp. 59-62.

Xenophontos, S. (2014) ‘A living portrait of Cato’: self-fashioning and the classical past in John Tzetzes’ Chiliads. Estudios Bizantinos, 2, 187 -204.

Xenophontos, S. A. (2014) Reading Plutarch in nineteenth-century Greece: classical paideia, political emancipation, and national awareness — the case of Adamantios Koraes. Classical Receptions Journal, 6(1), pp. 131-157. (doi:10.1093/crj/cls011)

2013

Xenophontos, S. (2013) Imagery and Education in Plutarch. Classical Philology, 108(2), pp. 126-138. (doi:10.1086/671417)

Xenophontos, S. (2013) Review of The Passionate Statesman: Eros and Politics in Plutarch’s Lives by J. Beneker. Classical Journal, [Book Review]

Xenophontos, S. (2013) From Chaeronea to Paris: Adamantios Koraes as a reader of Plutarch and the choice of heroes. In: Pace, G. and Cacciatore, P. V. (eds.) Plutarch’s Writings: Transmission, Translation, Reception, Commentary. Proceedings of the IX International Conference of the International Plutarch Society. Ravello, September 29 – October 1, 2011 = Gli scritti di Plutarco. D'Auria: Naples, pp. 455-464. ISBN 9788870923483

2012

Xenophontos, S. (2012) Peri agathou strategou: Plutarch’s Fabius Maximus and the ethics of generalship. Hermes, 140(2), pp. 160-183.

Xenophontos, S. (2012) Comedy in Plutarch’s Parallel Lives. Greek Roman and Byzantine Studies, 52(4), pp. 603-631.

Xenophontos, S. A. (2012) Plutarch's compositional technique in the An seni respublica gerenda sit: clusters vs. patterns. American Journal of Philology, 133(1), pp. 61-91. (doi:10.1353/ajp.2012.0001)

2010

Xenophontos, S. (2010) The complementarity of Plutarch’s Πῶς δεῖ τὸν νέον ποιημάτων ἀκούειν and Περὶ τοῦ ἀκούειν: Two educational ‘sessions’ (re)visited = The Complementarity of Plutarch's Quomodo adolescens poetas audire debeat and De recta ratione audiendi: Two educational ‘sessions’ (re)visited. Rosetta, 8(5), pp. 164-185.

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Number of items: 31.

Articles

Xenofontos, S. (2016) Casting light on the connection between Pseudo-Plutarch’s On the education of children and Galen’s Exhortation to the study of medicine. Latomus, 75(1), pp. 71-77.

Xenophontos, S. (2015) The cultural dynamics of the term Hellanodikes in Palaiologan Byzantium. Byzantinische Zeitschrift, 108(1), pp. 219-228. (doi:10.1515/bz-2015-0012)

Xenofontos, S. (2014) Psychotherapy and moralising rhetoric in Galen’s newly discovered avoiding distress (Peri Alypias). Medical History, 58(4), pp. 585-603. (doi:10.1017/mdh.2014.54)

Xenophontos, S. (2014) Resorting to rare sources of antiquity: Nikephoros Basilakes and the popularity of Plutarch’s Parallel Lives in twelfth-century Byzantium. Parekbolai, 4(1), pp. 1-12.

Xenophontos, S. (2014) Xenophon, Memorabilia IV.1.4–5. Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 192, pp. 59-62.

Xenophontos, S. (2014) ‘A living portrait of Cato’: self-fashioning and the classical past in John Tzetzes’ Chiliads. Estudios Bizantinos, 2, 187 -204.

Xenophontos, S. A. (2014) Reading Plutarch in nineteenth-century Greece: classical paideia, political emancipation, and national awareness — the case of Adamantios Koraes. Classical Receptions Journal, 6(1), pp. 131-157. (doi:10.1093/crj/cls011)

Xenophontos, S. (2013) Imagery and Education in Plutarch. Classical Philology, 108(2), pp. 126-138. (doi:10.1086/671417)

Xenophontos, S. (2012) Peri agathou strategou: Plutarch’s Fabius Maximus and the ethics of generalship. Hermes, 140(2), pp. 160-183.

Xenophontos, S. (2012) Comedy in Plutarch’s Parallel Lives. Greek Roman and Byzantine Studies, 52(4), pp. 603-631.

Xenophontos, S. A. (2012) Plutarch's compositional technique in the An seni respublica gerenda sit: clusters vs. patterns. American Journal of Philology, 133(1), pp. 61-91. (doi:10.1353/ajp.2012.0001)

Xenophontos, S. (2010) The complementarity of Plutarch’s Πῶς δεῖ τὸν νέον ποιημάτων ἀκούειν and Περὶ τοῦ ἀκούειν: Two educational ‘sessions’ (re)visited = The Complementarity of Plutarch's Quomodo adolescens poetas audire debeat and De recta ratione audiendi: Two educational ‘sessions’ (re)visited. Rosetta, 8(5), pp. 164-185.

Books

Xenophontos, S. (2019) Theodore Metochites’ On Morals or Concerning Education: Introduction, Translation, and Notes. Series: Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library. Harvard University Press: Cambridge, Mass.; London. (Accepted for Publication)

Xenophontos, S. (2016) Ethical Education in Plutarch: Moralising Agents and Contexts. Series: Beiträge zur Altertumskunde, 349. De Gruyter. ISBN 9783110350364

Book Sections

Xenofontos, S. (2019) Introduction. In: Oikonomopoulou, K. and Xenofontos, S. (eds.) Brill's Companion to the Reception of Plutarch. Brill: Leiden. (Accepted for Publication)

Xenofontos, S. (2019) Plutarch and Adamantios Koraes. In: Oikonomopoulou, K. and Xenofontos, S. (eds.) Brill's Companion to the Reception of Plutarch. Series: Brill's companions to classical reception. Brill: Leiden. (Accepted for Publication)

Xenofontos, S. (2019) Plutarch and Theodore Metochites. In: Oikonomopoulou, K. and Xenofontos, S. (eds.) Brill's Companion to the Reception of Plutarch. Series: Brill's companions to classical reception. Brill: Leiden. (Accepted for Publication)

Xenofontos, S. (2018) The Byzantine Plutarch: self-identity and model in Theodore Metochites’ Essay 71 of the Semeiosis gnomikai. In: Mack, P. and North, J. (eds.) The Afterlife of Plutarch. Series: Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies Supplement. Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London: London, pp. 23-39. ISBN 9781905670666 (Accepted for Publication)

Xenophontos, S. (2018) Galen’s Exhortation to the study of medicine: an educational work for prospective medical students. In: Bouras-Vallianatos, P. and Xenophontos, S. (eds.) Greek Medical Literature and its Readers: From Hippocrates to Islam and Byzantium. Series: Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 67-93. ISBN 9781472487919

Xenofontos, S. (2017) Military space and paideia in the Lives of Pyrrhus and Marius. In: Georgiadou, A. and Oikonomopoulou, K. (eds.) Space, Time, and Language in Plutarch’s Vision of Greek Culture. De Gruyter: Berlin ; Boston, pp. 317-326. ISBN 9783110537710 (doi:10.1515/9783110539479-030)

Xenophontos, S. (2015) Plutarch and education. In: Bloomer, M. W. (ed.) A Companion to Ancient Education. Wiley Blackwell: Chichester, pp. 335-346. ISBN 9781444337532

Xenophontos, S. (2013) From Chaeronea to Paris: Adamantios Koraes as a reader of Plutarch and the choice of heroes. In: Pace, G. and Cacciatore, P. V. (eds.) Plutarch’s Writings: Transmission, Translation, Reception, Commentary. Proceedings of the IX International Conference of the International Plutarch Society. Ravello, September 29 – October 1, 2011 = Gli scritti di Plutarco. D'Auria: Naples, pp. 455-464. ISBN 9788870923483

Book Reviews

Xenofontos, S. (2018) J. Beneker and C. A. Gibson, eds. and trans., The Rhetorical Exercises of Nikephoros Basilakes: Progymnasmata from Twelfth-Century Byzantium. (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library 43.) Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press, 2016. Speculum, 93(3), pp. 792-793. [Book Review]

Xenofontos, S. (2017) Review of Greek Manuscripts at the Wellcome Library: a Symposium and Concert. Society for the Social History of Medicine Gazette(78), pp. 3-4. [Book Review]

Xenofontos, S. (2016) Stadter on Plutarch: Stadter (P.A.) Plutarch and his Roman Readers. Classical Review, 66(2), pp. 377-379. (doi:10.1017/S0009840X16001050) [Book Review]

Xenofontos, S. (2015) S. Xenophontos on R. Rovira Reich. La educación política en la Antigüedad clásica. El enfoque sapiencial de Plutarco. Madrid: UNED, 2012. Latomus, 74(4), pp. 1168-1169. [Book Review]

Xenophontos, S. (2014) Review of Mark Beck (ed.), A Companion to Plutarch. Blackwell companions to the ancient world, 98. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2014(09), p. 38. [Book Review]

Xenophontos, S. (2014) Review of The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire by Susan P. Mattern. Latomus, 73(2), pp. 534-536. [Book Review]

Xenophontos, S. (2013) Review of The Passionate Statesman: Eros and Politics in Plutarch’s Lives by J. Beneker. Classical Journal, [Book Review]

Edited Books

Oikonomopoulou, K. and Xenophontos, S. (Eds.) (2019) Brill's Companion to the Reception of Plutarch. Series: Brill's companions to classical reception. Brill: Leiden. (Accepted for Publication)

Bouras-Vallianatos,, P. and Xenophontos, S. (Eds.) (2018) Greek Medical Literature and its Readers: From Hippocrates to Islam and Byzantium. Series: Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London. Routledge. ISBN 9781472487919

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