FLL Faculty Fall 2016
John Stevens 2004

John A. Stevens

Associate Professor
Classical Studies
252-328-6056 (phone)
252-328-6233 (fax)
Ragsdale 133 (office)
Dept. Foreign Languages & Literatures
East Carolina University Mailstop #556
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Director of Classical Studies
Great Books


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

Areas of Interest

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 etymological wordplay and the Chorus. He is currently at work on a monograph on Xenophon's Cyropaedia and its debt to Plato's Republic. In Spring 2004, he received the University Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Courses Taught

  • CLAS 2220-2230 Great Works of Ancient Literature
  • CLAS 4000 Seminar in Classics
  • GRBK 2000 Intro to Great Books
  • GRK 1002 thru Upper Division
  • LATN Upper Division


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