Leo Trotz-Liboff is a fifth-year PhD candidate in the department of Classical Studies. His research focuses on ancient philosophy and political thought. Leo’s dissertation "Platonic Esotericism from Greece to Rome" represents the first full-length study dedicated to esoteric philosophy (the deliberate concealment of philosophic views) in Greco-Roman antiquity. Chapters on Polybius, Cicero, and Plutarch trace the arrival of Platonic esoteric philosophy in Rome against the backdrop of Rome’s change from republic to empire. In addition, he has three publications forthcoming: an article on Lucretius and Epicureanism in Vergil's Georgics
in The Classical
Journal; an article on Plato in Polis
: The Journal for Greek and Roman Political Thought
and a book-chapter on Cicero's De oratore
(with Jed W. Atkins). Leo is also interested in spoken Greek and Latin pedagogy. He received a BA in Classics from Middlebury College and an MSt in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature from the University of Oxford.
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