Classically Inclined

March 15, 2019

Musonius Rufus workshop – registration now open!

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I’m delighted to share that the registration for the Musonius Rufus workshop that I’m co-organising with my Royal Holloway colleague John Sellars is now open! The programme is as follows:

10.00-10.30: Arrival / Registration
10.30-11.20: ‘Musonius’ and Epictetus’ lectures on exercise: a case-study of influence in
Roman Stoicism?’ – Jean-Baptiste Gourinat (Paris)
11.20-12.10: ‘Musonius on oikeiosis and appropriate relations’ – Georgia Tsouni (Basel)
12.10-1.00: ‘Musonius Rufus on Gender Equality’ – René Brouwer (Utrecht)
1.00-2.00: Lunch
2.00-2.50: ‘Sexual Pleasure in Musonius Rufus’ – Kurt Lampe (Bristol)
2.50-3.40: ‘The Diet of a Stoic Knight: Musonius Rufus on Food Ethics’ – William
Stephens (Creighton)
3.40-4.00: Tea/Coffee
4.00-5.00: Roundtable Discussion

The workshop is free to attend but spaces will be limited so we are asking people to register in advance. You can do this via Eventbrite.

Musonius is a really interesting yet underappreciated figure in Roman Stoicism, and I’m really looking forward to a day of discussion about him and his thought.

December 11, 2018

Call for Papers: Musonius Rufus Workshop

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Musonius Rufus Workshop
10.00-5.00, 12 April 2019
Room 102, Senate House,
University of London,
Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Call for Papers:

The Roman Stoics have received renewed attention in recent years, both from scholars and from the wider public looking for guidance in everyday life. Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius are now being worked on and read in ways that would have few would have expected a couple of decades ago. Lesser known Stoics such as Hierocles and Cornutus have also benefitted from new studies and translations. The poor relation, though, is Musonius Rufus, who has not yet benefited from a similar resurgence in fortune.

To address this undeserved oversight, we invite proposals for papers for an informal workshop dedicated to Musonius. We welcome submissions relating to any aspect of his thought; possible themes could include philosophies of gender, adapting Stoicism for a Roman audience, politics and exile, the role of the sage, textual traditions, practice versus theory, methods of moral education, and asceticism, although these suggestions are offered as prompts rather than as limitations.

We hope that the workshop will offer an opportunity for those with interests in Musonius and Roman Stoicism more widely to come together, make new contacts, and think collectively about further research and publication collaborations.

We welcome submissions from people at any stage in their career, from doctoral students and early career researchers through to more established academics. We hope to be able to offer bursaries to those who might need financial assistance with travel or caring responsibilities in order to attend. The event will take place on the first floor of the University of London’s Senate House, which has lift access. If anyone has specific access or dietary requirements, please contact us and we will do our best to cater for them.

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words long. Presentations will be around 30 minutes long, and followed by discussion. The deadline for abstracts is 11th February 2019.

If you are unable to attend the workshop but would like to be kept informed of future developments, please do get in touch.

Abstracts and any questions should be sent to the organizers:

Dr Liz Gloyn (Liz.Gloyn at, Department of Classics, Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr John Sellars (John.Sellars at, Department of Philosophy, Royal Holloway, University of London

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