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Dr Fritz-gregor Herrmann

Dr Fritz-gregor Herrmann

Reader, Classics

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 295661
Academic Office - 209
Second Floor
James Callaghan
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Fritz-Gregor Herrmann’s area of research is Ancient Philosophy and Literature, with a focus on Plato, Greek Tragedy and Ancient Thought. His special interest is the relationship between words and ideas, and the ways in which language influences the ways thinking develops – and vice versa. His monograph Words and Ideas: The roots of Plato’s philosophy (Swansea 2007) and other early publications explore this on the level of philosophical terminology and the ontology of Plato and the Presocratics. More recent work focuses on metaphor, allegory, myth and ideology, and how those features of language and thought are employed in structuring stories. He is currently working on Plato’s Republic as a literary text that responds to historical and political events as much as to earlier poetry, science and philosophy. His work on Greek drama looks at the question of decision, action and responsibility as well as the social, political and ideological ramifications of tragedy and comedy. He is also part of a team of editors of the new Oxford Classical Text (OCT) of Plato, vol.2, to appear in due course. His teaching covers Philosophy and Literature as well as Greek and Latin Language. Past and present PhD research areas supervised include: Plato’s Philosophy; Greek Tragedy; Greek Thought in the Roman Empire.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Plato
  • Presocratics
  • Greek Literature
  • Tragedy
  • Greek and Latin Language
  • Comparative Philology
  • Ancient History

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Ancient Philosophy

Greek Literature

Latin Literature

Greek History

Greek Language

Latin Language

Indo-European Comparative Philology