Dr Gordon Campbell
Gordon was born in Bembridge, Isle of Wight, England. He began as a mature student at the University of Wales, Lampeter, and subsequently attended Jesus College, Oxford. He has been lecturer in Ancient Classics at NUI Maynooth since 2000.
Gordon Campbell works primarily on ancient philosophical poetry, particularly Lucretius and Empedocles. He has published a commentary on part of Book Five of Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of the Universe), and also a monograph on anthropology in antiquity. At present he is editing a multi-author volume on animals in the ancient world. His other specialist areas are Epicurus, and Presocratic cosmology.
Lucretius on Creation and Evolution: a Commentary on De rerum natura 5.772-1104 (Oxford, OUP, 2003) - for further information see the Oxford University Press website.
Strange Creatures: Anthropology in Antiquity (London: Duckworth, 2006) - for further information click here.
(ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Animals in Classical Thought and Life (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012) (forthcoming).
Articles, Chapters etc.
‘Zoogony and Evolution in Timaeus, The Presocratics, Lucretius and Darwin’, in Wright, M. R. (ed.), Reason and Necessity: Essays on Plato’s Timaeus (Classical Press of Wales, 2000)
Seven articles in A. Traver (ed.), From Polis to Empire: A Biographical Dictionary (Westport CT, 2001):
‘Zeno of Citium’
‘Lucretius and the Memes of Prehistory’, (Discussion Paper 1, November 2002) in Leeds International Classical Studies (2002)
‘Lucretius 5.1011-27: the Origins of Justice and the Prisoner’s Dilemma’, Leeds International Classical Studies 1.3 (2002), 1-12
Encyclopedia article, ‘Empedocles’, in Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2004) - available online at the IEP website.
Seven articles in G. Shipley, D. Mattingly and L. Foxhall (eds.), The Cambridge Dictionary of Classical Civilization (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2006):
‘Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism’
‘Bicycles, Centaurs and Man-Faced Ox-Creatures: Ontological Instability in Lucretius’, in S. J. Heyworth (ed.), Classical Constructions: Papers in Memory of Don Fowler, Classicist and Epicurean (Oxford, OUP, 2007) - see the Oxford University Press website.
‘“And Bright was the Flame of their Friendship” (Empedocles B130): Humans, Animals, Justice and Friendship in Lucretius and Empedocles’, Leeds International Classical Studies 7.4 (2008), 1-23.
‘Evolution and Progress’, in M. Gagarin (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome. (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2009).
‘Epicurus, the Garden, Culture, Horticulture and the Golden Age’, in D. O’Brien (ed.), Gardening and Philosophy: Cultivating Wisdom (Blackwell-Wiley, 2011).
‘Lucretius’, in R. Bagnall et al. (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) (forthcoming).
‘Atomism’, in R. Bagnall et al. (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) (forthcoming).
‘Anthropology’, in R. Bagnall et al. (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).
‘Philosophy, Roman’, in R. Bagnall et al. (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).
''Lucretius', Oxford Bibliographies Online (New York, Oxford University Press, 2011) - see theOxford Bibliographies Online website.
‘Lucretius, Empedocles, and Cleanthes’, in Myrto Garani and David Konstan (eds) The Philosophising Muse: the Influence of Greek Philosophy on Roman Poetry (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011) (forthcoming).
‘Introduction’, in G. L. Campbell, (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Animals in Classical Thought and Life (Oxford, OUP, 2012) (forthcoming).
‘Ancient Ideas on the Origins of Life, and Origins of Species’, in G. L. Campbell, (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Animals in Classical Thought and Life (Oxford, OUP, 2012) (forthcoming).
‘Ancient Ideas on Humans, Animals, and Cultural Evolution’, G. L. Campbell, (ed.), The OxfordHandbook of Animals in Classical Thought and Life (Oxford, OUP, 2012) (forthcoming).
D. N. Sedley, Lucretius and the Transformation of Greek Wisdom (Cambridge, 1998) in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 99.10.29
P. Michael Brown, Lucretius De Rerum Natura 3 (Warminster, 1997), in Journal of Roman Studiesvol. 89 (1999), 228-229
P. Schrijvers, Lucrèce et les sciences de la vie (Leiden, 1999), in Journal of Roman Studies vol. 90 (2000), 226-7
'W. R. Johnson, Lucretius and the Modern World (London, 2000), in Journal of Roman Studies vol. 92 (2002), 232-4
M. F. Smith, Lucretius On the Nature of Things (Indianapolis, 2001) in Hermathena 173/174 (2002/2003), 240-43
R. Janko, Philodemus On Poems Book One (Oxford, 2000) in Hermathena 172 (2003), 102-110
D. F. Kennedy, Rethinking Reality: Lucretius and the Textualization of Nature (Ann Arbor, 2002) inClassical Review 53 (2003), 352-54
K. Volk, The Poetics of Latin Didactic (Oxford, 2002), and C. Schindler, Untersuchungen zu den Gleichnissen im romischen Lehrgedicht: Lucrez, Vergil, Manilius (Göttingen, 2000) in Journal of Roman Studies vol. 94 (2004), 209-10
D. Gera, Ancient Greek Ideas on Speech, Language, and Civilization (Oxford, 2003) in Classical Review 55.2 (2005), 477-9
J. Bollack, Empédocle, Les purifications: un projet de paix universelle (Paris, 2003) in Classical Review 55.1 (2005), 12-13
A. Cucchiarelli, La Veglia di Venere: Pervigilium Veneris (Milan, 2003) in Classical Review 55.1 (2005), 153-4
G. E. R. Lloyd, Principles and Practices in Ancient Greek and Chinese Science(Aldershot/Burlington, VT, 2006) in British Journal for the History of Science 41.2 (2008), 290-91.
M. R. Gale (ed.), Oxford Readings in Lucretius (Oxford, 2007) in Classical Review 59.1 (2009), 115-16.
S. Gillespie and P. Hardie (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Lucretius (Cambridge, 2007) inClassical Review 59.1 (2009), 116-17.
D.N. Sedley, Creationism and its Critics in Antiquity (Berkeley, 2007) in Journal of Hellenic Studies128 (2009).
M. R. Gale, Lucretius: de Rerum natura v (Oxford, Aris & Phillips, 2008) in Exemplaria Classica 13 (2010).
D. Markovic, The Rhetoric of Explanation in Lucretius (Leiden, Brill, 2008), Journal of Roman Studies (2010).
Work in Progress
A commentary on Lucretius, De rerum natura 5.
‘The Hard and the Soft in Roman Views of Cultural Evolution’.
‘Lucretius as Prophet, Mystic, and Magician: DRN 5.91-125’.
‘Chance and Intelligent Design in Empedocles and Other Presocratics’.
Select Public Presentations, 2000-2010
- ‘Lucretius 5.1011-27: The Prisoner’s Dilemma Revisited’, Leeds International Latin Seminar, University of Leeds (5th May, 2000)
- ‘Bicycles, Centaurs, and Man-Faced Ox-Creatures: Ontological Instability in Lucretius’,Classical Constructions: a Conference in Honour of the Late Don Fowler, Jesus College Oxford (21st September, 2000)
‘Lucretius and the Memes of Prehistory’, Leeds International Latin Seminar, University of Leeds (31st March, 2001).
‘Lucretius 2.600-60: The Magna Mater and Didactic Poetry’, Joint Conference of the Hellenic and Roman Societies, Triennial Conference in Classics, Wadham College, Oxford (23rd July, 2001).
‘Fragments and The Ruin of Time’, 2nd Don Fowler Memorial Lecture, Examination Schools, University of Oxford (25th April, 2002).
‘Rewriting the Book of Nature: Reality and Representation in Roman Epic’, Epic Proportions, Schools Classics Conference 2003, Queens University Belfast (3rd April, 2003).
‘Man-faced Ox-creatures in the Twenty-first Century: New Interpretations of Empedocles’ Zoogony’, NUI Maynooth Philosophy Seminar on Evolution, NUI Maynooth (23rd October, 2003).
‘Man-faced Ox-creatures in the Twenty-first Century: New Interpretations of Empedocles’ Zoogony’, Dublin Classics Seminar, University College Dublin (4th November, 2003).
‘Ea quae ad effeminandos animos pertinent: Roman views of the role of feminisation in cultural evolution’, Classical Association of England and Wales Annual Conference, University of Leeds (3rd April, 2004). (Organiser of the panels ‘Ethnography I and II’ at this conference).
‘Lucretius’, Posthellenistic Philosophy conference, University of London School of Advanced Study, Institute of Classical Studies (19th-23rd July, 2004).
‘Hopeful Monsters: Ancient Theories of the Origin of Species’, Trinity College DublinClassical Society (9th February, 2005).
‘A Cosmic Mistake? Ancient Greek Arguments on Intelligent Design’, University CollegeDublin Classical Society (10th November, 2005).
‘“Where Ocean Breezes Blow Around the Island of the Blessed”: Ancient and Medieval Island Paradises’, Maynooth Medieval Forum, NUI Maynooth (14th November, 2006).
‘“Where Ocean Breezes Blow Around the Island of the Blessed”: Ancient and Medieval Island Paradises’, Classical Association of Ireland, University College Dublin (16th February, 2007).
‘Lucretius as Prophet, Mystic, and Magician: DRN 5.91-125’, Classics Research Discussion Group, NUI Maynooth (12th October 2007).
- ‘Lucretius: Myth, Magic and Prophecy’, Hibernian Hellenists Annual Conference, NUI Maynooth (8th March 2008)
- ‘Lucretius as Prophet, Mystic, and Magician: DRN 5.91-125’, Classical Association ofEngland and Wales Annual Conference, University of Liverpool (27th-30th March 2008). Panel: ‘Philosophy in Latin’.
- ‘“And Bright was the Flame of their Friendship” (Empedocles B130): Humans, Animals, Justice and Friendship in Lucretius and Empedocles’, Leeds International Classics Seminar, University of Leeds (9th May 2008).
- ‘The Hard and the Soft in Roman Views of Cultural Evolution’, What is Masculinity? How Useful is it as a Historical Category?, Birkbeck College, University of London (16th May 2008). Panel: ‘Masculinity and Imperialisms’.
- ‘Roman Anthropology’, Hunt Museum, Limerick, (4th March 2009)
‘Caesar among the Gauls, Germans and Britons: at the ends of the Earth, and beyond’,Travels and Encounters: Journeys to the Known and the Unknown in Greco-Roman Antiquity, Royal Irish Academy Greek and Latin Studies Colloquium, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin (19th-20th November).
‘Lucretius and Empedocles on Piety and Sacrifice’, Empedocles: a Poet and his Reception, University of Geneva, Autumn 2010