Stavros Kouloumentas


Ancient Greek Philosophy

O.G.G. of Appointment
2153/17.9.2021, issue 3
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Curriculum vitae

Stavros Kouloumentas studied Philosophy and Education at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He completed his doctoral thesis at the Faculty of Classics of the University of Cambridge, working on the development of a cosmological pattern of early Greek philosophy: the depiction of the cosmos as an orderly system whose equilibrium can be illustrated by projecting socio-political concepts, especially justice and equality, onto a larger scale. He has participated in two international interdisciplinary projects for four years at the Humboldt Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (“Medicine of the Mind, Philosophy of the Body: Discourses of Health and Well-Being in the Ancient World”) and the Centre Léon Robin, Université Paris IV-Sorbonne (“Religions et Sociétés dans le Monde Méditerranéen: Rationalité et Religion”). He has also carried out independent post-doctoral research at academic institutes of USA (Center for Hellenic Studies-Harvard, Texas at Austin, Cincinnati) and has taught various courses of Ancient Philosophy at the Humboldt Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, University of Patras, University of Crete, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Open University of Cyprus. His research interests cover a wide range of topics pertaining to Ancient Philosophy, including the composition and transmission of philosophical texts in antiquity, the emergence of rational thinking, cosmology, atheism, and the interconnection between philosophy and medicine.


1999-2003: BA in Philosophy and Education. School of Philosophy and Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Major: Philosophy; Grade: “Very good”.

2003-2004: MPhil in Classics (Ancient Philosophy). Faculty of Classics, St John’s College, University of Cambridge; Supervisor: David Sedley; Grade: “First class”.

2004-2010: PhD in Ancient Philosophy. Faculty of Classics, St John’s College, University of Cambridge; Supervisor: Malcolm Schofield; Τhesis: “The Conception of Cosmic Justice in Early Greek Philosophy”.

Research interests
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Ancient Science
  • Critical Edition of Texts
  1. “The Derveni Papyrus on Cosmic Justice”, Rhizai 4.1 (2007), 105-132.
  2. “The Body and the Polis: Alcmaeon on Health and Disease”, British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22.5 (2014), 867-887.
  3. “Alcmaeon and His Addressees: Revisiting the Incipit”, στο P. Bouras-Vallianatos και S. Xenophontos (επιμ.), Greek Medical Literature and Its Readers: From Hippocrates to Islam and Byzantium. London, New York: Routledge (2018), 7-29.
  4. “Prodicus on the Rise of Civilization: Religion, Agriculture, and Culture Heroes”, Philosophie antique 18 (2018), 127-152.
  5. “Heraclitus and the Medical Theorists on the Circle”, Dialogues d’histoire ancienne 44.2 (2018), 43-63.
  6. “Aristotle on Alcmaeon in Relation to Pythagoras: an addendum in Metaphysics Alpha?”, στο P. Golitsis και K. Ierodiakonou (επιμ.), Aristotle and His Commentators: Studies in Memory of Paraskevi Kotzia. Berlin: De Gruyter (2019), 49-67.
  7. “Tracing the Origins of Beings: Cosmogony and Anthropogony in On Flesh”, στο D. Manetti, L. Perilli και A. Roselli (επιμ.), Ippocrate e gli altri. Rome: Publications de l’École française de Rome (2022), 73-88.
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