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Professor Han Baltussen
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Han Baltussen was born in Maastricht, a Dutch city founded by the Romans (Mosae Trajectum), where he was educated at the Henric van Veldeke College (starting Greek and Latin), going on to study Classics and Ancient Philosophy at Utrecht University. His doctoral thesis, written under the supervision of Prof. Jaap Mansfeld (Utrecht) and Dr Hans B. Gottschalk (Leeds), dealt with the role of Theophrastus' De sensu in the transmission of Presocratic thought. (Revised version published in 2000 by E.J. Brill, Leiden).
Between 1993 and 2002 he held postdoctoral Research positions in Utrecht, Washington D.C. and London (Commentators on Aristotle Project), and taught ancient Greek philosophy as Temporary Lecturer and Tutor (King's College, Dept. of Philosophy 1997-2002). Since coming to Adelaide in 2002 he has made significant contributions to teaching and research in Classical studies and ancient thought. He is a member of the Faculty Research Committee (2008-) and was part of the University's panel responsible for the ERA publication submissions in 2009 and 2012.
Awards & Achievements
Han teaches Classics at all levels of the BA (year 1-3) and the Honours program (year 4). For my course involvement see the online Undergraduate listings (courses).
At Honours level he teaches topics in the history of ideas (intellectual history, history of medicine) exploring the importance and far-reaching influence of ideas on ancient and modern societies (e.g. madness, prejudice, medical ethics, censorship).
PG / Thesis supervision: He welcomes proposals from students who would like to do postgraduate work on topics in Greek and Roman philosophy, ancient medicine, cultural history and the history of ideas.
Current (co)supervisions: Introduction and suppression of eastern Cults in Republican Rome (L. Webb); seventeenth c. relations between physicians and patients (E. Connolly); an analysis of cosmopolitanism from the Stoics to Bentham (R. Loring)
Topics in the history of ideas & intellectual history which often take their starting point in Greek philosophy, science and medicine. Current projects are:
Current work in progress includes (titles are provisional):
Media interest: In Nov. 2009 he appeared on the talk show "The Philosopher's Zone" to discuss the Aristotelian tradition (ABC Radio National). In Feb. 2012 he appeared on Peter Goers' show (Adelaide local radio: 891 ABC) to talk about ancient medicine. In August 2012 he appeared on ABC 666 Canberra with regard to his public lecture on ancient and modern grief management (summary here). In Sept. 2012 he spoke to Ewart Shaw of Radio Adelaide on ancient Greek science. In Feb. 2013 he was interviewed by Radio ABC Perth about the value of Latin after Pope Benedict resigned in Latin. In March 2013 he was interviewed by Radio ABC SA about the Roman calendar and by ABC NT about the phrase "Ides of March" after the political coup in the NT Country Liberal Party on March 13.
2002 Various conference grants (London, UK)
2013 (edited volume) Greek and Roman Consolations. Eight Studies of a Tradition and its Afterlife. (Classical Press of Wales) More information here
2012 (scholarly translation with notes) Simplicius' Commentary on Aristotle's Physics book 1.5-9 -- vol. 93 in a major series which has just reached its 100th volume (with M. Share, M. Atkinson, and I. Mueller; Duckworth, London) Amazon link
2008 (monograph) Philosophy and Exegesis in Simplicius. The Methodology of a Commentator(Duckworth: London, Hb. 292 pp.) ISBN 9780715635001 Click here for additional information. [Review: "In this stimulating book Han Baltussen provides an account of important specific features of the extant Aristotelian commentaries of the Neoplatonist Simplicius." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review2009.05.19)]
2004 (conference proceedings, 2 vols.) P. Adamson, H. Baltussen, M.W.F. Stone (eds)Philosophy, Science and Exegesis in Greek, Latin and Arabic Commentaries (Supplements to the Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies; London: ICS, 83.1-2) Click here for additional information.
2000 (monograph) Theophrastus Against the Presocratics and Plato. Peripatetic Dialectic in the De sensibus (Brill, Leiden/ xiv & 285 pp) Click here for additional information.
II. Recent /forthcoming articles & book chapters
2014 (forthc.) (invited book chapter) "Simplikios" in Ueberwegs Grundriss der Geschichte der Philosophie (14. Neuauflage) Bd. 5: Die Philosophie der Kaiserzeit und der Spätantike (ed. by C. Horn et al.) Darmstadt, Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft. [submitted Feb. 2013: 13,529 words]
2014 (forthc.) (invited book ch.) "The Aristotelian Tradition and the Second Sophistic", in W. Johnson and Daniel RIchter (eds) The Oxford Handbook of the Second Sophistic (OUP, under contract) [revised final draft submitted May 1, 2013] 7,543 words
2014 (forthc.) (book ch.) "A Bark Worse than his Bite? Diogenes the Cynic and the Politics of Tolerance in Athens", in H. Baltussen and P. Davis (eds) Parrhêsia, Censorship and the Art of Veiled Speech (ed. vol. under consideration with E.J. Brill) [draft submitted] 7,638 words
2014 (forthc.) (invited book chapter) "Strato of Lampsacus on Plato's Phaedo: A Critique of the Soul's Immortality", in M.-A. Gavray et al. Ancient Readings of Plato's Phaedo (presented at an international conference in Brussels, Oct. 2012) [draft submitted] 10,521 words
2013 (forthc.) (invited book chapter) "Early Peripatetics" for the new Routledge Companion to Ancient Philosophy (ed. by J. Warren, Cambridge and F. Sheffield, London) [accepted March, 2012] 8,000 words
2013 (forthc.) (invited book ch.) "'Hippocratic' Oaths: A Cross-Cultural Exploration of Medical Ethics in the Ancient World" (Festschrift Heinrich von Staden) [accepted Sept. 2012] 7,882 words
2013 "Consolatory Writings in Antiquity" in H. Baltussen (ed.) Introductory Chapter for Greek and Roman Consolations. Eight Studies of a Tradition and its Afterlife. (Classical Press of Wales), xiii-xxv.
2013 "Cicero's Consolatio ad se: Character, Purpose and Impact of a Curious Treatise", in H. Baltussen (ed.) Greek and Roman Consolations. Nine Studies of a Tradition and its Afterlife. (Classical Press of Wales), 67-91.
2012 "Classics at the University of Adelaide 1874-2012", by R. Newbold, H. Baltussen and M. O'Hea, in: A History of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide 1876-2012, ed. by N. Harvey et al. (Adelaide University Press 2012), Ch. 4.
2011 "Cicero's Translation of Greek Philosophy: Personal Mission or Public Service?" in Complicating the History of Western Translation: The Ancient Mediterranean in Perspective, ed. by S. McElduff and E. Sciarrino (St Jerome Press - UK, 2011), 37-47.
2010a "Marcus Aurelius and the therapeutic use of soliloquy" in B. Sidwell & D. Dzino (eds) Emotion, Power and Status. Papers in Honour of R.F. Newbold (conference Univ. of Adelaide, Dec. 2008; Gorgias Press), 39-57.
2010b "Simplicius of Cilicia", ch. 39 in Cambridge History of Philosophy in Late Antiquity, ed. by Lloyd Gerson (Cambridge University Press), 711-32.
2010c  "Galen of Pergamon" (vol. 3, 258-60),  "Hippocratic Corpus" (vol. 4, 1-4),  "Hippocratic Oath" (vol. 4, 4-6),  "Perception, Theories of" (vol. 5, 205-8)in Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome ed. by M. Gagarin (Oxford University Press, USA)
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