John A. Stevens
Associate Professor of Classics

Spring Office Availability: T-Th 3:30-4:30, W 11-2, and by appt. (preferred contact)
Ragsdale 133 · (252) 328-6056


Director of Classical Studies

CLASSES Spring 2019

CLAS 4000 Seminar in Classics: Alexandria, the Platonic City
GRK 2004 Ancient Greek Level IV
LATN 3002 Age of Augustus


BA, MA Classics, University of Iowa
PhD Classical Studies, Duke University


Vergil, Plato, Stoicism, Seneca, Xenophon

Professor Stevens is author of a Bryn Mawr Commentary on Cicero's Somnium Scipionis and an article on its imagery, as well as articles on the intersection of classical philosophy and literature. They include pieces on the Stoic Posidonius, the Stoic theory of preliminary passions, Vergil's debt to Platonism and Stoicism, a chapter on Xenophon's Socratic dialogue Oeconomicus in The Socratic Movement (Cornell 1995), and articles on Senecan tragedy, including his use of the Chorus, etymological wordplay and Stoicism. He is currently at work on a monograph series on ancient imitations of Plato's Republic.

He has been Director of Classical Studies (2003-2008, 2015-), Director of Great Books (2003-2014), Interim Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (2004-05, 2011-2014), a member of the UNC Language Assembly (2011-), and President of the North Carolina Classical Association (2017-19). In Spring 2004, he received the University Award for Outstanding Teaching.


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