Welcoming Incoming Chair Professor George Boys-Stones

June 29, 2023 by Department of Classics

The Department of Classics is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Professor George Boys-Stones as Chair, effective July 1, 2023. Professor Boys-Stones graduated with a BA in Classics from Cambridge University (Christ’s College) in 1992, and went from there to St John’s College, Oxford to work for a PhD on Plutarch. From 1995 to 1998, he was a Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he wrote his first book (recently reissued, and now being translated into Chinese): Post-Hellenistic Philosophy, a study of innovations in philosophical methodology during the first three centuries of our era. After a year as a teaching fellow in the Classics Department at Bristol University, Professor Boys-Stones moved to a permanent job in the Department of Classics and Ancient History in Durham University, which he Chaired from 2009 to 2012. During his 20 years at Durham University, he also took leadership roles in national subject bodies for Classics and twice served on the “REF” (national review) panel for the Classics. From 2012, he was Managing Editor of Phronesis, the leading (and oldest) specialist journal for ancient philosophy. In 2019, he joined the University of Toronto as Professor of Classics and Philosophy. Professor Boys- Stones’ publications cover a wide range of topics and figures in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, but he has retained a special concern to promote interest in the efflorescence of philosophical activity around the Mediterranean in the post-Hellenistic period. The Department also extends its deepest thanks to Professor Victoria Wohl, who has served as Chair since July 1, 2020, for her exceptional service, unwavering dedication, and successful leadership through the COVID-19 pandemic.