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Dr Alex Long

Dr Alex Long

Senior Lecturer

Researcher profile

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Research areas

I work on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and have written two monographs. One is about conversation and thought ? especially thought as internal dialogue ? in Plato. The other is about death and immortality in philosophy and literature from Homer to Marcus Aurelius. The second book was published for the Cambridge University Press series Key Themes in Ancient Philosophy which was edited at the time by Catherine Rowett and G.R.F.Ferrari. From 2019 I will co-edit the series with Professor Voula Tsouna at the University of California, Santa Barbara. We would be glad to hear from scholars interested in writing a book on Greek and Roman philosophy for the series. I have also translated two Platonic dialogues (with David Sedley) and edited a collection of papers on Plato and Stoicism. I write the Book Notes on Socrates and Plato for the journal Phronesis

I am one of several specialists in ancient philosophy working at St Andrews. See also the profiles of Sarah Broadie, Stephen Halliwell and Barbara Sattler.

Current Research

  • Editing a collection on immortality in ancient philosophy and theology, from the early Pythagoreans to Augustine
  • Ancient conceptions of belief and judgement; criteria for belief-attribution (especially in Parmenides, Plato and the Stoic writer Epictetus)
  • Law and legislation in ancient writing on politics and education
  • Nature in political philosophy


PhD supervision

  • Mary Dodd

Selected publications


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