Meet Our Speakers for ‘On Seneca’

We are thrilled to present to you the esteemed academics and authors who will be gracing our virtual event, On Seneca: Anger, Fear, and SadnessJoin us as we delve into the insightful works of Seneca and explore how his teachings can guide us in navigating our emotions in today’s ever-changing world.


Program of speakers

David Fideler has worked as a college professor, editor and publisher, and the director of a humanities center. He studied ancient Greek philosophy and Mediterranean religions at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a PhD in philosophy. He is the author of Breakfast with Seneca and the editor of the Stoic Insights website.

Margaret Graver is the author of Stoicism and Emotion and Seneca: The Literary Philosopher. Prof. Graver is also the Aaron Lawrence Professor in Classics. Her area of specialization is Hellenistic and Roman philosophy, especially the philosophy of mind and emotion. After completing her doctorate at Brown University, she taught briefly at Princeton University, then joined the faculty at Dartmouth College in 1996, where she offers a variety of courses on Greek and Roman philosophy, Plato, Aristotle, Latin literature including Lucretius, Cicero, and Seneca, and on the Latin language.

Christopher Star is the author of The Empire of the Self: Self-Command and Political Speech in Seneca and Petronus. His most recent book is Apocalypse and the Golden Age. He has received degrees in Classics from Bates College (BA), the University of Cambridge (MPhil) and the University of Chicago (PhD). Dr. Star has also studied at the Humboldt University in Berlin and his teaching and research focus on the late Roman Republic and early Roman Empire. His primary interest is in how the Romans dealt with the shift from freedom to autocracy, its impact on their self-concept, and its relevance in present-day discussions.

Lalya Lloyd is a writer and Classics specialist with ten years’ experience in education, at Eton College, University College School, and as a private tutor. An editor for Yale University Press, she has edited Donald Robertson’s forthcoming biographies on Marcus Aurelius and Socrates. She’s currently in production on a title about Seneca’s life and works to be announced later this year.

James S. Romm is an author of Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero. He’s also a reviewer and the James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College in Annandale, NY. He specializes in ancient Greek and Roman culture and civilization. His reviews and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, the London Review of Books, the Daily Beast, and other venues. 

Hosted by Anya Leonard of Classical Wisdom and Donald Robertson!

Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to gain invaluable insights from these brilliant minds as they guide us through Seneca’s timeless wisdom, offering practical tools to embrace our emotions and thrive in the modern world, Saturday, August 19th at 12 pm EDT. There is no need to worry if you’re unavailable on the day. A recording will be sent to all registrants post event.

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We hope to see you Saturday, August 19th!

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