Dr Myrto Hatzimichali


College position:

Director of Studies in Classics and University Senior Lecturer in Classics (Philosophy)

Photo of Dr Myrto Hatzimichali
Photo of Dr Myrto Hatzimichali

Myrto joined Homerton in September 2012, when she started her university lectureship at the Faculty of Classics. She previously spent four years in Cambridge (2005-9) as a Research Associate in the Faculty of Classics and Fellow of Girton College. In the intervening years, she lectured at University College London and the University of Exeter.

She is now directing studies for all Classics students at Homerton (Prelim to Part IA, Part IA+B and Part II), and supervises them for Greek language, Greek and Roman Philosophy (an optional topic) and some Latin language. In the Faculty, she lectures on various Ancient Philosophy topics (including Aristotle, Hellenistic Ethics and Epistemology, and philosophical set texts from Plato and Lucretius), and also takes some of the Intensive Greek language classes.

Myrto has done a lot of work on the philosophy of the late Hellenistic period, a crucial transitional period when philosophers first started engaging in the systematic scholarly study of texts by authorities such as Plato and Aristotle. She is particularly interested in the ancient commentators on Aristotle’s Categories and in ancient theories on language and grammar, and is now starting to work on Aristotle’s biological works and their reception (with forthcoming articles in the Cambridge Companion to Aristotle’s Biology and the Critical Guide to Aristotle’s Parts of Animals). Another major area of interest is the famous Library of Alexandria, the stories told about it and the work of scholars who were based there. Myrto’s two PhD students are working on the Neoplatonist Proclus’ reception of Aristotle and on Aristotle’s metaphysics.

Links to online publications, articles or other work

Potamo of Alexandria and the Emergence of Eclecticism in Late Hellenistic Philosophy, CUP 2011

‘Poetry, science and scholarship: the rise and fall of Nicander of Colophon’, in M.A. Harder, R.F Regtuit., G.C. Wakker (eds.), Nature and Science in Hellenistic Poetry, Hellenistica Groningana 15, Leuven-Peeters 2009: 19-40

‘Plutarch: the Philosophical Writings’, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, ed. M. Gagarin, OUP 2010: Volume 5, 333-5.

‘Antiochus’ biography’ in D. Sedley (ed.) The Philosophy of Antiochus, CUP 2012: 9-30

‘The texts of Plato and Aristotle in the first century BC’ in M. Schofield (ed.) Plato, Aristotle and Pythagoreanism in the First Century BC, CUP 2013: 1-27

‘Ashes to ashes? The Library of Alexandria after 48 BC’, in J. König, K. Oikonomopoulou and G. Woolf (eds.) Ancient Libraries, CUP 2013: 167-82.

‘Encyclopaedism in the Alexandrian Library’, in J. König and G. Woolf (eds.), Encyclopaedism from Antiquity to the Renaissance. CUP 2013: 64-83.

‘Andronicus of Rhodes and the construction of the Aristotelian corpus’, in A. Falcon (ed.) Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Aristotle in Antiquity. Leiden-Brill 2016: 81-100.

‘Strabo’s philosophy and Stoicism’, in D. Dueck (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Strabo. Abingdon & New York – Routledge 2017: 9-21.

‘Stoicism and Platonism in “Arius Didymus”’, in T. Engberg-Pedersen (ed.) From Stoicism to Platonism. The Development of Philosophy, 100 BCE – 100 CE. CUP, 2017: 80-99.

‘Text and wisdom in the Letter of Aristeas’, in B. Chrubasik and D. King (eds.) Hellenism and the Local Communities of the Eastern Mediterranean. OUP, 2017: 155-176.

Bodily and external goods in relation to happiness’ in W. W. Fortenbaugh (ed.) Arius Didymus on Peripatetic Ethics, Household Management and Politics, Abingdon and New York (Routledge), 2017: pp. 205-226.

Pseudo-Archytas and the Categories’ in Authors and Authorities in Ancient Philosophy, ed. J. Bryan, R. Wardy and J. Warren, Cambridge (Cambridge University Press), 2018: pp. 162-183.

‘Circulation of lexica in the Hellenistic and early Imperial period’ in Scholastic Culture in the Hellenistic and Roman Eras. Greek, Latin and Jewish, ed. S. A. Adams, Berlin/Boston (De Gruyter), 2019: pp. 31-50.

‘The Academy through Epicurean eyes: some Lives of Academic philosophers in Philodemus’ Syntaxis’ in Plato’s Academy. Its Workings and its History, ed. P. Kalligas, Ch. Balla, E. Baziotopoulou-Valavani and V. Karasmanis, Cambridge (Cambridge University Press), 2020: pp. 256-275.

Appendix: ‘Philodemus’ History of the Philosophers: Plato and the Academy (PHerc 1021 and 164)’, Translated with Introduction by Paul Kalligas and Voula Tsouna, and Notes by Myrto Hatzimichali, in the above volume, pp. 276-383.