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Han Baltussen

The University of Adelaide

I am the W.W. Hughes Professor of Classics. I have a keen interest in the ideas of the ancient Mediterranean world and how they impacted on various early modern and modern cultures. I have written on various topics in cultural and intellectual history, for instance, on grief and consolation, on self-censorship, and on the roots of liberalism. I enjoy reading, good music and excellent coffee.


Han Baltussen is the Walter W. Hughes Professor of Classics at the University of Adelaide and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities. His main field of research is ancient philosophy from a perspective of cultural and intellectual history. His work charts intellectual trends and concepts and he tries to make connect these to the modern world. He has held fellowships at the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. His published monographs are on a range of topics, such as Theophrastus, successor of Aristotle and theories of sense perception (2000), commentaries on Aristotle in late antiquity (Simplicius of Cilicia 2008), the school of Aristotle (Peripatetics 2016). He has also (co)edited a number of volumes (ancient commentaries 2004, ancient consolations 2012 and self-censorship 2013). He is currently working on a monograph that charts the tradition and efficacy of consolation strategies in antiquity, pain narratives, ancient theories of life, and a new translation of the fourth century pagan author Eunapius (Lives of Philosophers and Sophists) for the Loeb Classical Library series (Harvard Press).

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Classics, Ancient Philosophy, History of Ideas, Cultural History

Personal Interests

    Non-fiction books and documentaries, travel, coffee, court case movies and whodunnits


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