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2009 Speaker - Lesley A. Dean-Jones

Associate Professor at UT Austin


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University of Texas at Austin

Department of Classics, WAG 123

1 University Station, C3400 

Austin, TX 78712-0308  

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Stanford University, September 1979-August 1986

        Ph.D. in Classics, June 1987

        M.A. in Classics, September 1981

University College London, September 1974-June 1977

        B.A. (First Class) in Classics. (Awarded Arthur Platt Scholarship in Classics for best Classics graduate in University of London 1977)



Associate Professor at UT Austin, September 1994-present

Assistant Professor at UT Austin, July 1987-August 1994

Fellow at the Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, October-November 1990

Instructor at Barnard College, Columbia University, August 1986-June 1987



James W. Vick Texas Excellence Award for Academic Advising, January 1998

James W. Vick Texas Excellence Award for Academic Advising, January 1996

WCC Award for best article written from a feminist perspective for "Politics of Pleasure", December 1994



Loeb Foundation Award, September 2008-August 2009

Faculty Research Award, University of Texas, September 2008-August 2009

Rachael & Ben Vaughan Fellowship, Department of Classics, UT, September 2007-August 2008

Rachael & Ben Vaughan Fellowship, Department of Classics, UT, September 2003-August 2004

Faculty Research Award, University of Texas, January-June 2003

Texas Classical Association Professional Scholarship, August 2002

Dean's Fellowship, University of Texas, January-May 1999

Faculty Research Award, University of Texas, January-June 1996

Rachael & Ben Vaughan Fellowship, Department of Classics, UT, September 1992-June 1993

ACLS Recent Recipient's Fellowship, September1989-June 1990

Faculty Research Award, University of Texas, September1989-June 1990

Rachael & Ben Vaughan Fellowship, Department of Classics, UT, September 1989-June 1990

Summer Research Grant, University of Texas, June 1989

Summer Research Award, University of Texas, June-August 1988

Whiting Fellowship, Whiting Foundation, September 1985-September 1986

Mellon Fellowship (awarded by Center for Population Studies, Stanford University), January 1985

Dougherty Fellowship for year's study at American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Stanford University, September 1982-May 1983



Women's Bodies in Classical Greek Science  pp.293, (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 1994).  Reprinted in paperback 1996.  Put on-line by OUP with Questia in 2001.  Conclusion translated into Spanish and used as Introduction to separate fascicle on ancient gynecology in Arenal 7 (2000), 267-300.

In preparation

“What’s Hippocratic about the Hippocratics?’ Proceedings of the XIIIth Colloquium Hippocraticum, August 11th-13th 2008, Austin, Texas, ed. for Brill.

Pseudo-Aristotle: On Failure to Reproduce: Translation & Commentary of HA X, with R.J. Hankinson.

The Guild of Asklepios: The Professionalization of Ancient Greek Medicine.

Greek and Latin Roots of Modern Medical Language.  Blackwell.



In preparation

Medicine in Ancient Greece, produced by George Kouvataris (Paideia Projects, 2010).



 “The Role of Ephialtes in the Development of Athenian Democracy,” Classical Antiquity 6 (1987), 53-76.

“Menstrual Bleeding According to the Hippocratics and Aristotle,” Transactions of the American Philological Association 119 (1989), 179-194.

“The Cultural Construct of the Female Body in Classical Greek Science,” Women's History and Ancient History, ed. Sarah B. Pomeroy (Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 1991), 111-137. (Reprinted in Sex and Difference in Ancient Greece and Rome, edd. Mark Golden & Peter Toohey (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2003), 183-201.)

“The Politics of Pleasure:  Female Sexual Appetite in the Hippocratic Corpus,” Helios 19 (1992), 72-91.

        (Reprinted in Discourses of Sexuality:  From Aristotle to Aids, ed. Domna Stanton (Ann Arbor:  University of Michigan Press, 1992), 48-77.) 

“The ‘Proof’ of Anatomy,” Women in the Classical World:  Image and Text, edd. Elaine Fantham et al. (New York:  Oxford University Press, 1994), 183-205.

“Autopsia, Historia and What Women Know:  The Authority of Women in Hippocratic Gynaecology,” Knowledge and the Scholarly Medical Traditions:  A Comparative Study, ed. Don Bates (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press 1995), 41-58.

“Menexenus—Son of Socrates,” Classical Quarterly  45 (1995), 51-57.

"Philosophy and Science," Cambridge Illustrated History of Ancient Greece, ed. Paul Cartledge (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998), 288-319.

"Teaching Medical Terminology as a Classics Course," Classical Journal 93 (1998), pp.290-6.

“Aristotle’s understanding of Plato’s Receptacle and its significance for Aristotle’s theory of familial resemblance,” Reason and Necessity: Essays on Plato’s Timaeus, ed. M.R. Wright (London: Duckworth 2000), 101-12.

“Written Texts and the Rise of the Charlatan in Ancient Greek Medicine,” Writing into Culture: Written Text and Cultural Practice in Ancient Greece, ed. Harvey Yunis, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2003), 97-121.

Translations with commentary of Pseudo-Aristotelian Problems 4.26 & Caelius Aurelianus’ On Chronic Disorders 4.9 for Sourcebook for Homosexuality in the Ancient World, ed. T.K. Hubbard (Berkeley: University of California Press 2003), 262-4 & 463-5.

“Prostitution as a Smoke-screen in a 4th c. B.C.E. Law Case,” Zmanin (Israeli equivalent of History Magazine) 90 (2005), 40-9.

“Hippocratic Corpus, Gynecological Works,” Encyclopedia of Ancient Natural Scientists: The Greek Tradition and its Many Heirs, edd. Paul T. Keyser & Georgia L. Irby-Massie (New York: Routledge 2008), 401-3.

De medico: a metapaedogogical text,” in Ancient Medical Education: Proceedings of the XIIth Colloque Hippocratique, ed. H.F.J. Horstmannshoff (Leiden: Brill 2009), 1-15

“Too much of a good thing: the health of Olympic athletes in ancient Greece,” in East meets West at the Olympic Games, vol. I, ed. Susan E. Brownell (New York: Greekworks forthcoming 2009)

“Hair,” in 100,000 Years of Beauty, vol.2, Ancient Civilizations, ed.Claude Calamé (Paris: Les Éditions Babylone, forthcoming 2009).

“Clinical gynecology and Aristotle’s biology,” in The Female Patient in Antiquity, ed. David Ladouceur (Toronto: Toronto University Press, forthcoming 2009).




Pandora's Daughters by Eva Cantarella (Baltimore:  Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986) for Ancient Philosophy 8 (1988), 138-141.

Knidische Medizin Teil II by Hermann Grensemann (Hermes Einzelschriften 51 1987) for American Journal of Philology 110 (1989), 164-166.

The Human Embryo:  Aristotle and the Arabic and European Traditions, ed. G. R. Dunstan, (Exeter:  Exeter University Press, 1990) for Ancient Philosophy 13 (1993), 206-209.

Companions to ancient thought 2:  Psychology, ed. Stephen Everson (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1991) for Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences  29 (1993), 363-366.

Conception and Abortion from the Ancient World to the Renaissance by John M. Riddle (Cambridge Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1992) for Journal of the History of Sexuality  5 (1994), 142-144.

Hippocrates' Woman: Reading the Female Body in Ancient Greece by Helen King (London: Routledge, 1998) for Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 74 (2000), 812-3.

Hippocrates: Places in Man, trans., ed. & comm. by Elizabeth M. Craik (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998) for Classical World 94 (2000), 100-1.

Hippocrates by Jacques Jouanna, trans. M.B. DeBevoise (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999) for Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 56 (2001), 81-3.

Compendium of Greek Thought, edd. Jacques Brunschwig et al. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000) for The Washington Times (2/17/01).

Abortion in the Ancient World, Konstantinos Kapparis (London: Duckworth, 2002) for American Journal of Philology 124 (2003), 613-6.

The Staff of Oedipus: Transforming Disability in Ancient Greece, Martha L. Rose (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press 2003) for The American Historical Review, 110 (2005), 531-2..

Galen on the Brain, Julius Rocca (Leiden: Brill Publishing 2004) for Apeiron, 39 (2006), 221-4.

In the Grip of Disease, G.E.R. Lloyd (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2003) for Ancient Philosophy 27 (2007), 205-8.



“The Itinerancy of the Ancient Physician,” at Annual Convention of the Association of Ancient Historians, Princeton, May 2007.

“Too much of a good thing: the health of Olympic athletes in ancient Greece,” conference on East meets West at the Olympic Games, University of Missouri at St. Louis, April 2007.

“Asklepios: the Doctor-god and the God-doctor,” conference on Religion and Science, Austin College, April 2007.

"A Representation of a Uterine Fumigation on an Attic Skyphos," Washington University, St. Louis, April 2006 and previously at Conference on Approaches to Ancient Medicine, University of Newcastle, August 2005, Benefactors’ Lecture, Dartmouth College, May 2005, Annual Classics Lecture, Texas Tech, February 2005, Colloquium on Aspects in Ancient Medicine, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, February 1997, and Four Informal Lectures on Women in the Greek World, University of Texas at Austin, March 1996.

The Physician: A Metapedagogical Text?” XIIth International Hippocrates Colloquium, Leiden

      University, August 2005.

“Why women are akuros,” Ancient Philosophy Workshop, April 2005.

“Galen and the Pulmonary Circulation,” Anatomy in the Ancient World, SAM conference, University of

      Birmingham Medical School, UK, June 2004.

“Pseudo-Aristotle on a Woman’s Sexual Emissions,” Blechler Lecture, University of South Carolina,

      February 2004 and previously at Conference on Women and Medicine in the Ancient World,

      Notre Dame University, September 2003.

“Prostitution as a Smoke-screen in a 4th c. B.C. Law Case,” Annual Convention of the American Society for Legal History, Washington D.C., November 2003.

“Galen and the Culture of Dissection,” Konstantine Lecture, University of Virginia, October 2003,

      and previously Erling Holtsmark Lecture, University of Iowa, February 2003 and at Annual

      Convention of the Association of Ancient Historians, Savannah, April 2002

“Natural Slaves: How Inferiority is Inscribed in the Body according to Aristotle,” The Humanities

      Symposium, Loyola College in Maryland, March 2003.

“Polybus’ Heartless Man,” XIth International Hippocrates Colloquium, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, August 2002.

“Literacy and Orality in Classical Greek Medical Education,” Vth International Colloquium on Orality &

      Literacy, University of Melbourne, July 2002.

“Exercise and Nutrition in the Ancient World,” Annual Convention of the American Academy of Osteopathy, San Diego, October 2001.

“Extending the Family: the protreptic aim of some Hippocratic treatises,” Conference on Approaches to Ancient Medicine, University of Reading, September 2001.

“Ancient Roots of Modern Medical Terminology,” Continuing Medical Education Series, Fort Hood, April 2001.

"Bodies by the Book," Conference on Written Text and the Transformation of Thought in Classical Antiquity, Rice University, Houston, April 2000.

"The Influence of Plato's Timaeus on Aristotle's Theory of Reproduction," Workshop on Ancient Philosophy, Trinity University, San Antonio, February 1999.

"Teaching Medical Terminology as a Classics Course," CAMWS annual convention, Boulder Colorado, April 1997.

Response to "Magic, Religion and Science: Divine and Human in the Hippocratic Corpus," Workshop on Reason and Religion in Fifth-century Greece, University of Texas at Austin, September 1996.

“Women as Authorities in Greco-Roman Gynecology,” Rice University, October 1993, and previously at Workshop on Ancient Societies, Chicago University, May 1993, and at Symposium on Epistemology and the Scholarly Medical Traditions, Department of Humanities and Social Studies in Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, May 1992.

“Menopause and Menarche:  Cultural Perspectives on Women's Biological Transitions in Greece and Rome,” Madeleine Smith Lecture, University of Illinois at Carbondale, April 1996, and previously at Conference on Historicizing the Body, University of Wisconsin at Madison, March 1991, The Women's Studies Research Seminar of UT Austin, February 1991, and the APA annual convention, San Francisco December 1990.

“The Politics of Pleasure:  Female Sexual Appetite in the Hippocratic Corpus,” Conference on Foucault/Sexuality/Foucault, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, November 1990 and previously at Stanford University, April 1990, Center for the Study of Science in Society, Virginia Tech, March 1990 and Columbia University Seminar on Women and Society, April 1987.

“The Cultural Construct of the Female Body in Classical Greek Science,” Texas A&M University, April 1990 and previously at Mary J. Pearl Lecture in Ancient Classical Studies, Sweet Briar College, March 1990, Symposium on Women and Greek Medicine, Brown University, October 1988 and Graduate Center, City University of New York, April 1987.

“Evolution of the Species?  Biological Elements in Aristotle's Theory of the Development of Tragedy,” Stanford University, January 1991 and previously at CAMWS annual convention, New Orleans, April 1988.

The Letters of Plato: An Epistolary Novel?” University of Michigan, January 1991.

“Plato's Menexenus: The dog it was that died,” CAMWS annual convention, Columbia Missouri, April 1990.

“Andrology in the Hippocratic Corpus,” APA annual convention, Baltimore January 1989.

“Gender and Medicine in Ancient Greece,” Institute for the Medical Humanities, UT Medical Branch at Galveston, May 1988.

“Hippocrates and Galen in School Curricula,” Texas Classical Association annual meeting, Austin, November 1987.

“Menstrual Bleeding according to the Hippocratics and Aristotle,” APA annual convention, San Antonio, December 1986.

“The Shifting Hypothesis of Plato's Parmenides,” APA annual convention, Toronto, December 1984.



Graduate:  Introduction to Ancient Medicine; The Heart and Vascular System in Antiquity; Aristotle's Biology; Hippocratic Literature; Medicine and Rhetoric; Places in Man & the Hippocratic Corpus; Greek Gynecology; Plato; Lucretius; Teaching Methods

Undergraduate Language:  Elementary Greek and Latin; LEXIS Summer Intensive Greek; Lysias; Herodotus; Homer; Sophocles; Greek Lyric; Greek Female Poets; Aristophanes; Plato; Vergil; Petronius; Sallust; Cicero; Caesar; Lucretius; Tacitus (with a Roman Britain component).

Undergraduate in Translation:  Introduction to Ancient Greece; Classical Literature Homer to Vergil; Classical Drama Aeschylus to Seneca; Women in Greco-Roman Antiquity; Introduction to Ancient Medicine; Hippocratic Medicine; Medical and Scientific Terminology (with a History of Medicine component); Greek and Latin Roots of English; Greek and Roman Mythology


THESES DIRECTED (* signifies Co-chair)

Ph.D.: Aspects of Asklepios Cult in the Greek and Roman World (Won the Humanities Outstanding

                                Dissertation Award at UT, May 2003)

            *Peri Technês: Translation and Commentary (Philosophy)

          *“Backwards to your sources…”: Feminist Poets’ Rewriting of Classical Myth (English)

            *The Biological Underpinnings of Aristotle’s Ethical Theory

                The ıdÒw of Ancient Science

M.A.:  The Sicilian School of Medicine

          The Development of nous in Aristotle’s Embryology

            The Locus of Masculinity in the Hippocratic Corpus

Plan II: Littré's translation of “Hippocrates” On Sterile Women: Introduction, Translation & Commentary       

           The Influence of Ancient Theories of the Mind on Treatment of Mental Disease

Classics Honors: The Extent of Incision in Hippocratic Surgery;

                        The Development of the Concept of nosos in Ancient Greek Literature



XIIIth Colloquium Hippocraticum: What’s Hippocratic about the Hippocratics, University of Texas, Austin, August 2007 (supported by $25,000 Award from the National Science Foundation).

Anatomy in the Ancient World, First Society for Ancient Medicine Conference, University of Birmingham, UK, May 2004, with R.G. Arnott.



Member of Board of Trustees, J.J. Winkler Trust, 1990 (foundation)-present

American Philological Association Committee on Professional Matters, 1997-99

Vice-President Society for Ancient Medicine, 1998-2000

External Reviewer for University of Maryland College Park Department of Classics, May 2000

President Society for Ancient Medicine, 2001-2006

Editorial Board, Apeiron, January 2002-present

Director, Classics Research Network, June 2007-present



Freshman Orientation, summer 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005

Faculty Review Committee for Continuing University Fellowships Sept. 1997-May 1998

Committee on Committees Sept. 1999-August 2001

Educational Policy Committee Sept. 2000-August 2002

Faculty Council Sept. 2001-August 2002

Faculty Building Advisory Committee Sept. 2001-August 2002

Graduate Assembly Sept. 2003-May 2008 (Academic & Administrative Committees)

Committee for Outstanding Graduate Adviser March 2004

Committee for Outstanding Dissertation April 2005

Committee for Outstanding Graduate Teacher December 2005

Committee for Outstanding Graduate Student Academic Employee Award March 2008



(Dates only noted for Chairing)

Undergraduate Adviser, Department of Classics, University of Texas at Austin, Sept. 1994-May 1998

Graduate Adviser, Department of Classics, University of Texas at Austin, Sept. 2004-August 2007

Executive Committee, Dept. of Classics, Sept. 2003-present

Graduate exam committees: Greek literature (chair 2004-2005), Greek translation (chair 1999-2001, 2007-2008),

                                                  Greek philosophy, Latin translation

Course Committee (chair 2001-2003)

Search Committee (chair 2001, 2006)

AI supervision (chair 2003-2004)

Colloquium Committee (chair 1988-90)

Graduate Admissions Committee

University Re-accreditation Committee (chair 2005-2008)



Professor Steven White, Chair, Department of Classics, University of Texas at Austin

Professor R.J. Hankinson, Department of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin

Professor Sir Geoffrey Lloyd, Cambridge University

Professor Heinrich von Staden, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton