Alex Lee



I am interested generally in the ways Greeks and Romans thought about and represented human behavior and cognition, especially issues concerning character, emotions, motivation, and action. At the moment, I am thinking about these issues mostly in relation to Greek prose literature of the 4th century BCE, and am in the beginning stages of a dissertation, tentatively entitled “Character and Characterization in Xenophon,” in which I examine how the concept of character figures into Xenophon’s corpus alongside his literary techniques of characterization. In addition, I have projects underway on the Socratic circle and Plutarch. I try to keep up with debates about the topics mentioned above in contemporary philosophy, social psychology, and cognitive science, and am interested in finding productive ways to place these fields in dialogue with antiquity.

Research Interest: Ancient historiography, philosophy, and biography



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