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Stephen Newmyer

Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Classics

College Hall 408
Phone: 412.396.6452
newmyer@duq.edu

Education:

Ph.D., Classics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1976
B.A., Classics, Duquesne University, 1970
Biography

Dr. Newmyer's research centers on ancient views on animals, in particular on issues of animal rationality, as these ancient ideas anticipate arguments in modern animal rights philosophy and cognitive ethology pertaining to intellect and emotions in animals.  He has published extensively on many topics relating to Greek and Roman views on human-animal relations, and has authored three books on animals in classical culture, The Animal and the Human in Ancient and Modern Thought: The "Man Alone of Animals" Concept ( Routledge 2017),  Animals in Greek and Roman Thought: A Sourcebook of Readings (Routledge 2011), and Animals, Rights, and Reason in Plutarch and Modern Ethics (Routledge 2006).  In his spare time, he enjoys reading, traveling, attending operas, and discussing world affairs with his cat.

Courses Offered

New Courses Developed & Taught at Duquesne University 

Ancient Satire (CLSX 233)
History of Ancient Medicine (CLSX 244)
Egyptian Civilization (CLSX 249)
Hellenism and the Jews (graduate-level seminar) (CLSX 600)
Animals in Antiquity (CLSX 255)

Courses Taught at Duquesne University (1976-2015) 

Undergraduate Courses

Original Language

Basic Latin 101-102
Introduction to Latin Readings 201-202
Cicero 305
Catullus 305
Sallust 305
Lucretius 305
Ovid 306
Roman Drama 309
Roman Letters 309
Roman Elegy 309
Basic Greek 103-104
Introduction to Greek Readings 203-204
Biblical and Patristic Greek 207
Herodotus 302

Courses in Translation

Etymology of Scientific Terms 122
Classical Mythology 123
Shaping of the Ancient World 150 (Core Curriculum)
Arts and the Human Experience 161 (Core Curriculum)
Sophocles 168 (mini-course)
Ancient Epic 231
Ancient Satire 233
History of Ancient Medicine 244
Egyptian Civilization 249
Classical Archaeology 250
Animals in Antiquity 255

Graduate Courses

Original Language

Latin Lyric Poetry 512
Minor Works of Vergil 513
Silver Latin Epic 507
Roman Oratory 513
Greek Historians 509
Greek for Reading 551

Course in Translation

Hellenism and the Jews 600

Publications & Book Reviews

PUBLICATIONS

A. Books

The Silvae of Statius: Structure and Theme. Leiden, The Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 1979 (Mnemosyne Supplement 53).

Herodotus III: A Commentary. Bryn Mawr College: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, 1986 (Bryn Mawr Greek Commentaries) Two volumes: Text; commentary.

Statius: Selections from the Silvae: A Commentary. Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania: Bryn Mawr College, 1987 (Bryn Mawr Latin Commentaries) Two volumes: Text; commentary.

Animals, Rights and Reason in Plutarch and Modern Ethics. Oxford: Routledge, 2006.

Animals in Greek and Roman Thought: A Sourcebook. (Routledge Sourcebooks for the Ancient World). Oxford: Routledge, 2011.

The Animal and the Human in Ancient and Modern Thought: The "Man Alone of Animals" Concept. (Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies) Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2017.

Plutarch's Three Treatises on Animals: A Translation and Commentary. (Routledge Classical Translations). Under contract for publication by Routledge (2019).

B. Book Chapters and Articles

"Pessimistic Prometheus: A Comparison of Aeschylus and Robert Lowell." Helios 6, 2 (Fall-Winter 1978-79), pp. 33-43.

"Ancient and Talmudic Medicine: A Course Syllabus." Helios 7,1 (Winter-Spring 1979-80), pp. 45-53; reprinted under the title "A Syllabus for a Course Unit on Biblical-Talmudic Medicine for a Course on Ancient Medicine" in Teaching the Ancient World, ed. Douglas M. Astolfi (Chico, California: Scholars Press, 1983), pp. 125-133.

"Talmudic Medicine: A Classicist's Perspective." Judaism 29, 3 (1980), pp. 360-367.

"Robert Lowell and the Weeping Philosopher." Classical and Modern Literature 1, 2 (Winter 1980), pp. 121-131.

"Talmudic Medicine." Jewish Digest 26 (February 1981), pp. 72-76.

"Charles Anthon: Knickerbocker Scholar." The Classical Outlook 59, 2 (December 1981 -January 1982), pp. 41-44.

"Imagery as a Means of Character Portrayal in Lucan." Latomus Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History III (1983), pp. 226-252.

"The Concept of Climate and National Superiority in the Talmud and its Classical Parallels." Transactions and Studies of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Series V, Volume 5 (1983), pp. 1-12.

"The Triumph of Art over Nature: Martial and Statius on Flavian Aesthetics." Helios 11, 1 (Spring 1984), pp. 1-7.

"Climate and Health: Talmudic and Classical Perspectives." Judaism 33, 4 (Fall 1984), pp. 426-438.

"Talmudic Medicine and Greek Sources." Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Medicine in Bible and Talmud. Koroth (Special Issue), Volume 9, 1-2 (Fall 1985), pp. 34-57.

"Gildersleeve on the Study of the Classics," in Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve: An American Classicist, ed. by Ward W. Briggs, Jr. and Herbert W. Benario (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986) (American Journal of Philology Monographs I), pp. 27-35.

"Antoninus and Rabbi: Stoic Elements of a Puzzling Encounter." Koroth (Special Issue), Volume 9 (1988), pp. 108-123.

"The Guillotine as Muse: Classical Music Inspired by the French Revolution," in The French Revolution, Literature, and the Arts: Proceedings of the Sixteenth Annual Western Pennsylvania Symposium on World Literatures (Greensburg, PA: Eadmer Press, 1989), pp. 35-40.

"Some Lesser Lights at Dido's Pyre: Forgotten Musical Portraits of Vergil's Queen." Vergilius 36 (1990), pp. 35-41.

"Asaph's ‘Book of Remedies': Greek Science and Jewish Apologetics." Sudhoffs Archiv 76 (1992), pp. 28-36.

"Flavian Epic and Vergil: Reverence and Challenge." The Western Pennsylvania Symposium on World Literatures: Selected Proceedings (1974-1991) (Greensburg, PA: Eadmer Press, l992), pp. 119-127.

"Plutarch on Justice toward Animals: Ancient Insights on a Modern Debate." Scholia: Natal Studies in Classical Antiquity, N. S. 1 (1992), pp. 38-54.

"Asaph the Jew and Greco-Roman Pharmaceutics," in The Healing Past: Pharmaceuticals in the Biblical and Rabbinic World, ed. by Irene and Walter Jacob. Studies in Ancient Medicine 7 (Leiden: Brill, 1993), pp. 107-120.

"Climate and Zion in the Kuzari." Korot 10 (1993-94), pp. 9-18.

"Plutarch on the Moral Grounds for Vegetarianism." The Classical Outlook 72, 2 (Winter 1995), pp. 41-43.

"Climate as Science and Metaphor in the Writings of Jehuda Halevi," in Climate and Literature: Reflections of Environment, ed. by Janet Pérez and Wendell Aycock. Studies in Comparative Literature 25 (Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 1995), pp. 19-27.

"Commenting on Plutarch on Animals: Past and Future of a Moral Debate." Ploutarchos 12, 1 (1995), pp. 18-23.

"Talmudic Medicine and Greco-Roman Science: Crosscurrents and Resistance." Aufstieg und Niedergang der Römischen Welt (ANRW), Band II 37, 3 (Berlin: DeGruyter, 1996), pp. 2895-2911.

"Public Health in the Holy Land: Classical Influence and its Legacy," in Health, Disease and Healing in the Holy Land, ed. by Manfred Waserman and Samuel S. Kottek (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1996), pp. 67-101.

"Of Pigs and People: Plutarch and the French Beast Fable." Ploutarchos 13, 1 (1996), pp. 15-22.

"Plutarch on the Treatment of Animals: The Argument from Marginal Cases." Between the Species 12, 1-2 (Winter-Spring 1996), pp. 40-46.

"Just Beasts? Plutarch and Modern Science on the Sense of Fair Play in Animals." The Classical Outlook 74, 3 (Spring 1997), pp. 85-88.

"Ovid on the Moral Grounds for Vegetarianism," in Ovid: Werk und Wirkung, ed. by Werner Schubert. Studien zur Klassischen Philologie 100 (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1999), I, pp. 477-486.

"Statius," in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 211: Ancient Roman Writers, ed. by Ward W. Briggs (Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc., 1999), pp. 291-298.

"Speaking of Beasts: The Stoics and Plutarch on Animal Reason and the Modern Case against Animals." Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica N. S. 63, 3 (1999), pp. 99-110.

"Plutarch and Shelley's Vegetarianism." The Classical Outlook 77, 4 (Summer 2000), pp. 145-148.

"Philo on Animal Psychology: Sources and Moral Implications," in From Athens to Jerusalem: Medicine in Ancient Jewish and Early Christian Literature, ed. by Samuel Kottek and Manfred Horstmanshoff (Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Erasmus Publishing, 2000), pp. 143-155.

"Paws to Reflect: Ancients and Moderns on the Religious Sensibilities of Animals." Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica N. S. 75, 3 (2003), pp. 111-129.

"Tool Use in Animals: Ancient Insights and Moral Consequences." Scholia: Studies in Classical Antiquity, N. S. 14 (2005), pp. 3-17.

"Animals in Ancient Philosophy: Conceptions and Misconceptions," in A Cultural History of Animals in Antiquity, ed. by Linda Kalof (Oxford: Berg, 2007), pp. 151-174.

"Calculating Creatures: Ancients and Moderns on Understanding of Number in Animals." Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica, N. S. 89, 2 (Vol. 118) (2008), pp. 117-124.

"The Human Soul and the Animal Soul: Stoic Theory and Its Survival in Contractualist Ethics," in Mensch und Tier in der Antike - Grenzziehung und Grenzüberschreitung, ed. by Annetta Alexandridis, Markus Wild and Lorenz Winkler-Horaček (Wiesbaden: Ludwig Reichert Verlag, 2008), pp. 71-80.

"Animal Philanthropia in the Convivium Septem Sapientium," in Symposion and Philanthropia in Plutarch, ed. by José Ribeiro Ferreira, Delfim Leão, Manuel Tröster and Paula Barata Dias (Coimbra: Centro de Estudos Clássicos e Humanísticos da Universidade de Coimbra, 2009), pp. 497-504.

"Some Ancient and Modern Views on the Expression of Shame in Animals." Journal of Animal Ethics 2, 1 (Spring 2012), pp. 87-97.

"Animals in Plutarch," in A Companion to Plutarch, ed. by Mark Beck. Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World (Oxford: Blackwell, 2014), pp. 223-234.

"Being the One and Becoming the Other: Animals in Ancient Philosophical Schools," in the Oxford Handbook of Animals in Classical Thought and Life, ed. by Gordon L. Campbell (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 507-534.

"Human-Animal Interactions in Plutarch as Commentary on Human Moral Failings." Accepted for publication in Interactions between Animals and Humans in Graeco-Roman Antiquity, ed. by Thorsten Fögen and Edmund Thomas (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2017).

C. Book Reviews

Koroth. Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Medicine in the Bible, ed. by Samuel S. Kottek (Jerusalem: The Israel Institute of Medical History, 1982), in Bulletin of the History of Medicine 58, 2 (Summer 1984), pp. 248-249.

Julius Preuss, Julius Preuss' Biblical and Talmudic Medicine, translated and edited by Fred Rosner (New York: Hebrew Publishing Company, 1983), in Clio Medica 19 (1984), pp. 165-167.

Sefer Hanisyonot: The Book of Medical Experiences Attributed to Abraham ibn Ezra, edited, translated and commented by J. O. Leibowitz and S. Marcus (Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 1984), in Bulletin of the History of Medicine 59, 4 (Winter 1985), pp. 538-539.

Fred Rosner, Modern Medicine and Jewish Ethics (New Jersey-New York: Ktav and Yeshiva University Press, 1986), in Bulletin of the History of Medicine 62 (1988), pp. 683-684.

Maimonides, Maimonides Medical Writings, translated and annotated by Fred Rosner, Volume 2: Maimonides' Commentary on the Aphorisms of Hippocrates (Haifa, Israel: Maimonides Research Institute, 1987), in Bulletin of the History of Medicine 63 (1989), pp. 148-149.

Statius: Silvae IV, edited by K. M. Coleman (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988), in The Classical Outlook 66, 3 (March-April, 1989), p. 103.

Classical Scholarship: A Biographical Encyclopedia, edited by Ward W. Briggs and William M. Calder III (New York: Garland, 1990), in The Classical Outlook 68, 3 (1991), p. 108.

Michael Jerome Carella, Matter, Morals and Medicine: The Ancient Greek Origins of Science, Ethics and the Medical Profession (New York: Peter Lang, 1991), in Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 47 (1992), pp. 347-348.

Statius: Thebaid IX, edited by M. Dewar (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991), in American Journal of Philology 113, 4 (1992), pp. 641-643.

Jody Rubin Pinault, Hippocratic Lives and Legends. Studies in Ancient Medicine 4 (Leiden: Brill, 1992), in Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 49 (1994), pp. 114-116.

Plutarque: Opinions des Philosophes, edited by Guy Lachenaud (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 1993), in Scholia: Natal Studies in Classical Antiquity, N. S. 3 (1994), p.142.

William J. Dominik, The Mythic Voice of Statius: Power and Politics in the Thebaid (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1994), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 6, 3 (1995), pp. 189-193.

Karl Galinsky, Classical and Modern Interactions: Postmodern Architecture, Multiculturalism, Decline, and Other Issues. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1992), in The Classical Outlook 72, 3 (Spring 1995), pp. 110-112.

William J. Dominik, Speech and Rhetoric in Statius' Thebaid (Hildesheim: Olms, 1994) and The Mythic Voice of Statius: Power and Politics in the Thebaid (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1994), in The Classical Outlook 72, 4 (Summer 1995), pp. 143-144.

J. Donald Hughes, Pan's Travail: Environmental Problems of the Ancient Greeks and Romans (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994), in the International Journal of the Classical Tradition 3, 2 (Fall 1996), pp. 240-242.

Dieting for an Emperor: A Translation of Books 1 and 4 of Oribasius' Medical Complilations, edited by Mark Grant. Studies in Ancient Medicine 15 (Leiden: Brill, 1997). Published in Religious Studies Review 25. 4 (October 1999), p. 420.

Graham Shipley and John Salmon, ed. Human Landscapes in Classical Antiquity: Environment and Culture (London: Routledge, 1996), in the International Journal of the Classical Tradition 6, 2 (Fall 1999), pp. 269-271.

Albertus Magnus: On Animals-A Medieval Zoologica, translated and annotated by Kenneth F. Kitchell and Irven Michael Resnick (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999, in The Classical Outlook 77, 4 (Summer 2000), p. 170.

Gudrun Vögler, Öko-Griechen und grüne Römer? (Zürich and Düsseldorf: Artemis and Winkler, 1997), in the International Journal of the Classical Tradition 7, 1 (Summer 2000), pp. 106-108.

Peter Coates, Nature: Western Attitudes Since Ancient Times (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998), in the International Journal of the Classical Tradition 7, 2 (Fall 2000), pp. 273-275.

The Voyage of the Argo-The Argonautica of Gaius Valerius Flaccus, translated by David R. Slavitt (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999), in The Classical Outlook 78, 2 (Winter 2001), p. 92.

Porphyry: On Abstinence from Killing Animals, translated by Gillian Clark. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2000), in The Classical Outlook 78, 3 (Spring 2001), p. 143.

Tim Duff, Plutarch's Lives: Exploring Virtue and Vice (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), in The Classical Outlook 78, 4 (Summer 2001), pp. 174-175.

Robert Lamberton, Plutarch (Yale University Press, 2001) (Hermes Books), in The Classical Outlook 80, 2 (Winter 2003), pp. 91-92.

Statius: Silvae, edited and translated by D. R. Shackleton Bailey. Loeb Classical Library 206 (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2003). Published online in Scholia: Studies in Classical Antiquity at Scholia Reviews 14 (2005) 9 at www.classics.und.ac.za/reviews/.

The Silvae of Statius, translated with notes and introduction by Betty Rose Nagle (Bloomington and Indianapolis: University of Indiana Press, 2004). Published in New England Classical Journal 32, 2 (May 2005), pp. 177-180.

Gary Steiner, Anthropocentrism and its Discontents: The Moral Status of Animals in the History of Western Philosophy (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005). Published in New England Classical Journal 33, 2 (May 2006), pp. 144-146.

Ingvild Saelid Gilhus, Animals, Gods and Humans: Changing Attitudes to Animals in Greek, Roman and Early Christian Ideas. (New York and London: Routledge, 2006). Published in New England Classical Journal 34, 2 (May 2007), pp. 182-184.

Randall T. Ganiban, Statius and Virgil: The Thebaid and the Reinterpretation of the Aeneid (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007). Published in New England Classical Journal 34, 4 (November 2007), pp. 372-375.

Louise Calder, Cruelty and Sentimentality: Greek Attitudes to Animals, 600-300 BC

(Oxford: Beasley Archive in the University of Oxford and Archaeopress, 2011). Published in Phoenix 66, 3-4 (2012), pp. 444-446.

Kenneth F. Kitchell, Jr., Animals in the Ancient World from A to Z (London and New York: Routledge, 2014). Published in Ancient History Bulletin Online Reviews 4 (2014), pp. 39-41.

D. Editorships

Edited series of three articles on the subject "Pioneers of Classical Scholarship in America," for Classical Outlook 59, 2 (December 1981 - January 1982), pp. 37-44.

Member, Editorial Board of Korot, the Israeli journal of the history of medicine, 1992- ; member, Editorial Advisory Board, Scholia: Natal Studies in Classical Antiquity, 1995-.

E. Referee

Referee for book-length manuscripts on the history of medicine submitted for publication to The University of Oklahoma Press, 1988; for a book-length manuscript on Egyptian civilization submitted to Oxford University Press, 2003; for a book-length manuscript on early Christian attitudes toward animals submitted to Routledge, 2003; for a book-length manuscript on Aristotle on animals submitted to Oxford University Press, 2014.

Referee for articles on the history of ancient medicine submitted to Bulletin of the History of Medicine (1986), and to Korot (1995); for articles on classics submitted to The Classical Outlook (1987); to Illinois Classical Studies (1991); to Scholia: Natal Studies in Classical Antiquity (1992-2003); to Classical Journal (1992); to Mnemosyne (2013); to Cambridge Classical Journal (2014); to Eos (2015) and to Ancient Philosophy (2015); to the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies (2017).

Fellowships, Grants, & Awards

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

Fellow, the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute for the Teaching of the Post-Biblical Foundations of Western Civilization at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York City, Summer, 1978.

Fellow, the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers on "The Encounter between Judaism and Hellenism in the Hellenistic Period" at Yeshiva University, New York City, Summer, 1983.

American Council of Learned Societies Travel Grant for travel to Israel in December, 1984, awarded August 17, 1984.

Member of Committee for development of successful ($333,000) Challenge Grant from NEH for Faculty Development and Library Resources in the Humanities at Duquesne University, 1985-86.

Hunkele Faculty Development Grant from Duquesne University for study at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in London, Summer, 1988.

Study Visit Grant from Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst to study at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich, May-June 1989.

Deutsch-Amerikanischer National Kongress (DANK) Travel Grant to attend educational seminar "Berlin, Prague and the Two Germanies" in Germany and Czechoslovakia, July 6-21, 1990.

National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant award for purchase of books needed for composition of a translation and commentary on Porphyry, De abstinentia, awarded May 15, 1992.

Presidential Scholarship Award for composition of an article on the sense of justice in animals, awarded June 10, 1996.

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award, awarded March 20, 2007.

Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship, awarded September 7, 2007.

Presidential Scholarship Award for composition of the monograph, The Animal and the Human in Ancient and Modern Thought: The ‘Man Alone of Animals' Concept, awarded March 27, 2012.

Miscellaneous Honors

Nominated for inclusion in Directory of American Scholars, July, 1978.

Nominated for inclusion in International Who's Who in Education, July, 1981.

Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, March 26, 2008.

A Cultural History of Animals in Antiquity, ed. by Linda Kalof (Oxford: Berg, 2007), containing "Animals in Ancient Philosophy: Conceptions and Misconceptions," pp. 151-174, awarded Choice 2008 Outstanding Academic Title Award, December, 2008.

Presentations

Papers Delivered at Professional Meetings 

"Prometheus and the Cosmos." Delivered at the meeting of the American Philological Association in Vancouver, British Columbia, December 29, 1978.

"Robert Lowell and the Weeping Philosopher." Delivered at the meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South - Southern Section in Columbia, South Carolina, March 27, 1980.

"The Colosseum: Martial and Statius on Flavian Aesthetics." Delivered at the meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South - Southern Section in Athens, Georgia, November 6, 1980.

"Charles Anthon of Columbia College." Delivered at the meeting of the American Philological Association in New Orleans, Louisiana, December 29, 1980.

"Schubert's Die Verschworenen: Aristophanes at the Crusades." Delivered at the meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South in St. Louis, Missouri, April 2, 1981.

"Statius and the Image of the Emperor in Society." Delivered at the conference "The First Century A.D.: Its Achievement and its Legacy" sponsored by the Department of Classics of Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, May 8, 1981.

"Environmental Medicine in the Talmud: Hippocrates in the Holy City." Delivered at the meeting of the American Philological Association in San Francisco, California, December 30, 1981.

"Climate and National Superiority: The Persistence of an Ancient Idea." Delivered at the Missouri Conference on History in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, April 16, 1982.

"Basil Gildersleeve on the Study of the Classics." Delivered at the meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South in Charlottesville, Virginia, November 5, 1982.

"Talmudic Medicine and Greek Sources." Delivered at the Second International Symposium on Medicine in Bible and Talmud at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, December 18, 1984.

"The Morality of Healing: The Ancient Jewish Perspective." Delivered at the meeting of the Society for Ancient Medicine in Toronto, Ontario, December 28, 1984

"Zion and Science in Jehuda Halevi." Delivered at the Eleventh International Conference on Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies at Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, October 12, 1986.

"Flavian Epic and Vergil: Reverence and Challenge." Delivered at the Thirteenth Annual Western Pennsylvania Symposium on World Literatures: "Vergil and the Vergilian Tradition" in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 9, 1987.

"Italian Jewish Physicians in the Renaissance." Delivered at the American Association for Italian Studies Seventh Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 10, 1987.

"Scipio in Salzburg: Young Mozart's Vision of Roman Virtue." Delivered at the Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 18, 1987.

"The Classical Tradition and Mozart's Operas." Delivered at the meeting of the Pennsylvania Classical Association in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, October 9, 1987.

"Antoninus and Rabbi: Stoic Elements of a Puzzling Encounter." Delivered at the Third International Symposium on Medicine in Bible and Talmud at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, December 9, 1987.

"The Book of Asaph: A Jewish Medical Textbook." Delivered at the Duquesne University History Forum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 27, 1988

"The Guillotine as Muse: Classical Music Inspired by the French Revolution." Delivered at the Sixteenth Annual Western Pennsylvania Symposium on World Literatures: "The French Revolution, Literature, and the Arts" in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 6, 1989.

"Asaph the Jew and Greco-Roman Pharmaceutics." Delivered at the international symposium "Drugs and Pharmaceuticals in the Biblical World" presented by The Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden, Rodef Shalom Temple, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 15, 1989.

"The Oath of Asaph and its Hippocratic Original." Delivered at the meeting of the Society for Ancient Medicine and Pharmacy in Boston, Massachusetts, December 29, 1989.

"Some Lesser Lights at Dido's Pyre: Forgotten Musical Portraits of Vergil's Queen." Delivered at the Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 22, 1990.

"Dido in Music: Some Forgotten Tributes." Delivered at the meeting of the Pennsylvania Classical Association in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 13, 1990.

"Climate as Science and Metaphor in the Writings of Jehuda Halevi." Delivered at the Twenty-Fourth Annual Comparative Literature Symposium at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, March 15, 1991.

"Hippocrates Transformed: Medieval Medical Oaths and Their Greek Origin." Delivered at the Carroll F. Reynolds Historical Society, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 7, 1991. Presentation videotaped for instructional use of medical students at the University of Pittsburgh.

"War as Propaganda in Flavian Poetry." Delivered at the Duquesne University History Forum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 23, 1991.

"The Hippocratic Oath in Medieval Jewish Literature." Delivered at the Second Conference of the International Society for the Classical Tradition in Tübingen, Germany, August 14, 1992.

"Plutarch on Animal Rights: The Argument from Marginal Cases." Delivered at the meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, April 24, 1993.

"Mozart's Dream of Scipio: Roman Virtue in Salzburg." Delivered at the meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South in Atlanta, Georgia, April 7, 1994.

"Plutarch on the Moral Grounds for Vegetarianism." Delivered at the meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, May 6, 1994.

"Commenting on Plutarch on Animals: Past and Future of a Moral Debate." Delivered at the meeting of the International Plutarch Society-North American Section in Atlanta, Georgia, December 30, 1994.

"Of Pigs and People: Plutarch and the French Beast Fable." Delivered at the meeting of the International Plutarch Society-North American Section in San Diego, California, December 28, 1995.

"Just Beasts? Plutarch and Modern Science on the Sense of Fair Play in Animals." Delivered at the meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States in Baltimore, Maryland, April 27, 1996.

"Philo on Animal Psychology: Sources and Moral Implications." Delivered at the international symposium "From Athens to Jerusalem: Medicine in Hellenized Jewish Lore and Early Christian Literature" at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, September 10, 1996.

"Lysistrata at the Crusades: Schubert's Aristophanic Opera." Delivered at the meeting of the Pennsylvania Classical Association in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, April 5, 1997.

"Beastly Thoughts: Animal Speech and Reason in Plutarch and the Modern Case against Animals." Delivered at the meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South in Charlottesville, Virginia, April 17, 1998.

"Contractualism in Modern Ethical Theory and the Stoic Case Against Animals." Delivered at the Fourth Meeting of the International Society for the Classical Tradition in Tübingen, Germany, July 30, 1998.

"Ovid on the Moral Grounds for Vegetarianism." Delivered at the meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States in New York, New York, October 3, 1998.

"Plutarch and Shelley's Diet." Delivered at the meeting of the International Plutarch Society-North American Section in Dallas, Texas, December 28, 1999.

"Winged Words: Plutarch on the Language of Birds and the Modern Debate on Animal Intelligence." Delivered at the meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States in New Rochelle, New York, April 27, 2001.

"The Kuzari of Jehuda Halevi: Environment in Literature." Delivered at the conference "Symbiosis/Synergism: The Relationship between Science, Literature, and Film," the Twenty-Sixth Colloquium on Literature and Film, at the University of West Virginia, Morgantown, West Virginia, September 29, 2001.

"Are Animals Just Beasts? Some Ancient and Modern Views." Delivered at the meeting of the Pennsylvania Classical Association in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 27, 2001.

"Paws to Reflect: Ancients and Moderns on the Religious Sensibilities of Animals." Delivered at the meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South in Austin, Texas, April 6, 2002.

"Do Animals Believe in God? The Ancient Debate and its Modern Revival." Delivered at the meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States in New Brunswick, New Jersey, October 11, 2002.

"Philo's Stoic Defense of the Biblical Concession to Humans of Dominion over Animals." Delivered at the meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States in Wilmington, Delaware, October 10, 2003.

"Birds at Work: Ancient and Modern Insights on Tool Use in Animals." Delivered at the meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South - Southern Section in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, November 4, 2004.

"The Human Soul and the Animal Soul: Stoic Theory and Its Survival in Modern Ethical Philosophy." Delivered at the international conference "Mensch und Tier in der Antike-Grenzziehung und Grenzüberschreitung/Humans and Animals in Antiquity--Boundaries and Transgressions" at the University of Rostock, Germany, April 8, 2005.

"Nature's Engineers: Tool Use by Animals in Ancient and Modern Zoology." Delivered at the meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States in Wilmington, Delaware, October 7, 2005.

"Making Animals Count: Ancients and Moderns on Understanding of Number in Animals." Delivered at the Celtic Conference in Classics at the University of Wales, Lampeter, September 1, 2006.

"Creatures That Really Count: Ancients and Moderns on Understanding of Number in Animals." Delivered at the meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South - Southern Section in Memphis, Tennessee, November 3, 2006.

"Animal Philanthropia in the Convivium Septem Sapientium." Delivered at the Eighth Congress of the International Plutarch Society on "Symposion and Philanthropia in Plutarch" in Coimbra, Portugal, September 26, 2008.

"Beasts at the Banquet: Animals in Plutarch's Convivium Septem Sapientium." Delivered at the meeting of the Classical Association of Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 13, 2009.

"The Sense of Shame in Animals: Some Ancient and Modern Views." Delivered at the Celtic Conference in Classics, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 29, 2010.

"Mourning Doves and Crocodile Tears? Ancients and Moderns on Grief in Animals." Invited lecture delivered at Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Virginia, October 26, 2010.

"Some Ancient and Modern Views on the Expression of Grief in Animals." Delivered at the conference "Thinking about Animals," the 10th Annual North American Conference on Critical Animal Studies, St. Catharines, Ontario, March 31, 2011.

"Grieving Animals in Ancient Zoology and Modern Ethology." Delivered at the conference "Grievings 2012," the Annual International Conference of the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures of the University of Silesia in Katowice, Ustroń, Poland, September 21, 2012.

"‘Man Alone of Animals'? Ancient and Modern Views of Emotions in Animals." Delivered at the Eleventh Annual International Conference on History: From Ancient to Modern, sponsored by the Athens Institute for Education and Research, in Athens, Greece, July 30, 2013.

"Intellect and Morality in Animal Emotions: Ancient and Modern Views." Invited lecture elivered at the Rose-Marie Lewent Conference "Animals in Antiquity," sponsored by the Center for Ancient Studies and the Animal Studies Initiative of New York University, February 14, 2014.

"Guarding the Boundary: ‘Human Exceptionalism' in Greek Natural Philosophy." Delivered at the conference "The Human-Animal Boundary: Exploring the Line in Philosophy and Fiction" at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez, April 10, 2015.

"Animals in Greco-Roman Consciousness: Sources, Uses and Abuses." Invited lecture delivered in the lecture series "Kult, Kunst und Konsum-Tiere in Alten Kulturen," at Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz, Germany, December 1, 2016.

"‘Man Alone of Animals'? Animal Emotions in Ancient and Modern Thought." Invited lecture

delivered at the Forschungsstelle für Ethik und Wissenschaft im Dialog at the Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria, December 5, 2016.

"‘Human Exceptionalism': Past, Present and Future of an Idea." Invited lecture delivered at Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, April 12, 2017.