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Associate Professor Sean McConnell

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Office 5N3, Arts Building
Tel +64 3 479 8659
Email sean.mcconnell@otago.ac.nz

Academic qualifications

  • 2010: PhD, University of Cambridge
  • 2007: MPhil, University of Cambridge
  • 2005: BA(Hons), University of Otago

Background and research interests

Sean completed first his MPhil and then his PhD at the University of Cambridge.

His current research focuses on ancient philosophy, in particular Graeco-Roman philosophy in the first century BC and the interface of philosophy and politics at Rome during the decline and fall of the Roman republic. A major interest is how ethical and political theory, appropriated from the Greek philosophical tradition, is put into practice and developed by figures such as Lucretius, Cato, Varro, and Cicero in the light of Roman cultural and socio-political circumstances.

Teaching

2022

  • CLAS 238 Fantasies, Phobias and Families in Graeco-Roman Myth
  • CLAS 340 Love, Death and the Good Life: Socrates and Plato
  • CLAS 345 Tales of Troy: from Homer to Hollywood
  • CLAS 440 Advanced Studies in Socrates and Plato
  • LATN 212 Intermediate Latin Authors
  • LATN 329 Advanced Latin Authors 2
  • LATN 464 A Topic in Latin Literature

Has also taught

Areas of research supervision

  • Cicero
  • Classical philosophy
  • Lucretius
  • Plato

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Publications

McConnell, S. (2014). Philosophical life in Cicero's letters. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 260p.

McConnell, S. (2021). Cicero on the emotions and the soul. In J. W. Atkins & T. Bénatouïl (Eds.), The Cambridge companion to Cicero's philosophy. (pp. 150-165). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108241649.012

McConnell, S. (2021). Cicero and the golden age tradition. In P. Destrée, J. Opsomer & G. Roskam (Eds.), Utopias in ancient thought. (pp. 213-230). Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter. doi: 10.1515/9783110733129-012

Gilbert, N., & McConnell, S. (2021). Cicero's philosophical works. In R. Scodel (Ed.), Oxford bibliographies: Classics. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780195389661-0361

McConnell, S. (2019). Cicero and Socrates. In C. Moore (Ed.), Brill's companion to the reception of Socrates. (pp. 347-366). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Academic.

McConnell, S. (2014). Philosophical life in Cicero's letters. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 260p.

Authored Book - Research

McConnell, S. (2021). Cicero on the emotions and the soul. In J. W. Atkins & T. Bénatouïl (Eds.), The Cambridge companion to Cicero's philosophy. (pp. 150-165). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108241649.012

Chapter in Book - Research

McConnell, S. (2021). Cicero and the golden age tradition. In P. Destrée, J. Opsomer & G. Roskam (Eds.), Utopias in ancient thought. (pp. 213-230). Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter. doi: 10.1515/9783110733129-012

Chapter in Book - Research

Gilbert, N., & McConnell, S. (2021). Cicero's philosophical works. In R. Scodel (Ed.), Oxford bibliographies: Classics. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780195389661-0361

Chapter in Book - Research

McConnell, S. (2019). Cicero and Socrates. In C. Moore (Ed.), Brill's companion to the reception of Socrates. (pp. 347-366). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Academic.

Chapter in Book - Research

McConnell, S. (2019). Why is Latin spectrum a bad translation of Epicurus' EIΔΩΛON? Cicero and Cassius on a point of philosophical translation. Mnemosyne, 72(1), 154-162. doi: 10.1163/1568525x-12342572

Journal - Research Article

McConnell, S. (2018). Lucretius on the nature of parental love. Antichthon, 52, 72-89. doi: 10.1017/ann.2018.1

Journal - Research Article

McConnell, S. (2017). Magnitudo animi and cosmic politics in Cicero's De re publica. Classical Journal, 113(1), 45-70. doi: 10.5184/classicalj.113.1.0045

Journal - Research Article

McConnell, S. (2017). Demetrius of Laconia and the debate between the Stoics and the Epicureans on the nature of parental love. Classical Quarterly, 67(1), 149-162. doi: 10.1017/S0009838817000313

Journal - Research Article

McConnell, S. (2017). The Epicurean virtue of μεγαλοψυχία. Classical Philology, 112, 175-199. doi: 10.1086/691539

Journal - Research Article

McConnell, S. (2015). Plato’s critique of Antisthenes on pleasure and the good life (Philebus 44a–53c). Ancient Philosophy, 35(2), 329-349. doi: 10.5840/ancientphil201535225

Journal - Research Article

McConnell, S. (2015). Epicurean education and the rhetoric of concern. Acta Classica, LVIII, 111-145. doi: 10.15731/AClass.058.05

Journal - Research Article

McConnell, S. (2012). Cicero and Dicaearchus. In B. Inwood (Ed.), Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy (Vol. XLII). (pp. 307-349). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644384.003.0008

Chapter in Book - Research

McConnell, S. (2012). Lucretius and civil strife. Phoenix, 66(1/2), 97-121. doi: 10.7834/phoenix.66.1-2.0097

Journal - Research Article

McConnell, S. (2010). Epicureans on kingship. Cambridge Classical Journal, 56, 178-198. doi: 10.1017/S1750270500000312

Journal - Research Article

McConnell, S. (2008). How Kant might explain ugliness. British Journal of Aesthetics, 48(2), 205-228. doi: 10.1093/aesthj/ayn006

Journal - Research Article

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