Margaret Graver

Academic Appointments
  • Chair, Department of Classics

  • Aaron Lawrence Professor in Classics

Margaret Graver is the Aaron Lawrence Professor in Classics. Her areas of specialization is Hellenistic and Roman philosophy, especially the philosophy of mind and emotion. After completing her doctorate at Brown University, she taught briefly at Princeton University, then joined the faculty at Dartmouth College in 1996, where she offers a variety of courses on Greek and Roman Philosophy, Plato, Aristotle, Latin literature including Lucretius, Cicero, and Seneca, and on the Latin language. In addition to her teaching at Dartmouth, Prof. Graver regularly lectures and gives seminars at institutions throughout the U.S. and Europe, including two short-term appointments at French universities.

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Classical Studies


  • B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Ph.D. Brown University 1996

Selected Publications

  • Seneca: Letters on Ethics. Translated and with an Introduction and Commentary by Margaret Graver and A.A. Long. Chicago, 2015; paperback 2017.

  • Stoicism and Emotion. Chicago, 2007; paperback 2009.

  • Cicero on the Emotions: Tusculan Disputations 3 and 4. Chicago, 2002; paperback 2002.

  • “The Dregs of Romulus: Stoic Philosophy in Cicero’s Pro Murena and De Oratore.” In Ciceroniana 1.1 (2017)., online May 22, 2017.

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Speaking Engagements

  • "An Ethics of Positive Aid: Beneficence, Intention, Gratitude." At The Israel Institute for Advanced Study (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), May 22, 2018. Also a seminar: "Paradoxes of Giving" on May 23.  

    “The Psychology of Honor in Cicero’s De Re Publica.” At the University of Durham (England). Feb. 10, 2018. Conference Title: “New Perspectives on Cicero’s Philosophy.” Also at the University of Cambridge, Feb. 12, 2018, and at the University of Edinburgh, Feb. 15, 2018.

  • "The Dispassionate Life." At Stoicon in Toronto, Oct. 14, 2017 (visit

  • "How not to feel what there is to feel: Cynic apatheia, atomist ataraxia, Stoic apatheia." At the University of Bern, Switzerland, June 8, 2017.

  • “The Money-Box, the Mouse, and the Six-Footed Scurrying Solecism: Satire and Riddles in Seneca’s Letters.” At Cornell University, April 25, 2017.

  • Six lectures at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, March - April 2016: “Introduction à Sénèque” (March 15); “Le loisir et la lecture” (March 24); “Sénèque contre Aristote” (March 31); “Les émotions et les sentiments du lecteur” (April 1);  “Le lecteur-abeille et l’écriture de soi” (April 8); “Épicure, maître de Sénèque ?” (April 11, rescheduled to Paris-3)

Works In Progress

Prof. Graver is currently working on a collection of essays on Seneca’s philosophy, under contract with Cambridge University Press, and on a monograph studying Cicero’s reception of Stoic ethics throughout his career.