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Professor John Dillon

Fellow Emeritus (Classics)

 


DATE OF BIRTH: 15. 9 .1939 PLACE OF BIRTH: Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A. NATIONALITY: Irish/U.S. EDUCATION: 1948-53 St. Gerard's School, Bray, Co. Wicklow 1953-7 Downside School, Nr. Bath, Somerset 1957 Entrance scholarship in Classics to Oriel College, Oxford 1957-61 Oriel College, Oxford, B.A. (Lit. Hum.) 1963 M.A. (Oxon). 1963 -4 Ist. Year Law studies, King's Inns, Dublin 1964-6 Graduate studies at U.C.D. with Prof. John O'Meara. Topic: 'The Commentary of Calcidius on Plato's Timaeus' 1966-9 Graduate studies at University of California, Berkeley, with Prof. Gerson Rabinowitz. 1969 Ph. D. (Univ. of California, Berkeley), 'The Commentary of Iamblichus on Plato's Timaeus: A Collection of the Fragments, with Translation and Commentary.' TEACHING POSITIONS 1961-3 Teaching English and Latin, The English School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1964-6 Teaching Latin and Greek, Glenstal Abbey School, Murroe, Co. Limerick, Ireland 1966-69 Associate in Classics, University of California, Berkeley 1969-72 Assistant Professor of Classics, U.C. Berkeley 1972-77 Associate Professor of Classics, U.C. Berkeley, 1974-76 Chairman, Division of Interdisciplinary and General Studies, U.C. Berkeley 1976-77 Visiting Professor of Classics, Trinity College, Dublin 1977-80 Professor, and Chairman of the Dept. of Classics U.C, Berkeley, 1980- Regius Professor of Greek, Trinity College, Dublin 1982 Visiting Professor of Classics, U.C. Berkeley Spring Quarter 1984 Visiting Professor of Classics, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Fall Semester 1993 Visiting Professor of Classics, University of Washington, Winter Term RESEARCH/ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS 1988 Visiting Scholar, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Jan. - April 1996 Visiting Directeur de Recherche, C.N.R.S., Paris, Winter-Spring 1997-- Director, Dublin Centre for the Study of the Platonic Tradition 2003 -- Director, Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies in Athens 2003 Oct.-Nov. Visiting Research Fellow, Universidad Carlos III - Madrid 2006 March Visiting Professor, Gakushuin University, Tokyo PROFESSIONAL AWARDS AND HONORS 1976-7 Faculty Research Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley 1982 Elected to Fellowship, Trinity College, Dublin 1983 Member, Royal Irish Academy (Council: 1987-8; 1990-4; 1998-2002; Senior Vice-President, 2001/2) 2004-7 President, International Plato Society 2005 Gold Medal in the Humanities of the Royal Irish Academy 2010 Elected Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens
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Director, Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies in Athens 2003 -- Present
Director, Dublin Centre for the Study of the Platonic Tradition 1997 - Present
Chairman, Division of Interdisciplinary and General Studies, U.C. Berkeley 1974-76
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Royal Irish Academy; International Society for Neoplatonic Studies; American Philological Association, Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, International Plato Society (President, 2004-7) 1983 Present
Speusippus and the Ontological Interpretation of the Parmenides in, editor(s)John D. Turner and Kevin Corrigan , Plato's Parmenides and its Heritage, Vol. I, Atlanta, SBL Publications, 2011, pp67-78 , [John M. Dillon], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
John M. Dillon & Wolfgang Polleichner, Iamblichus of Chalcis: The Letters, Atlanta, Brill, 2010, 146pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Pythagoreanism in Plutarch in, editor(s)H.-G. Nesselrath , On the daimonion of Socrates. Human liberation, divine guidance and philosophy, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2010, pp139-441 , [John M. Dillon], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Iamblichus of Chalcis and His School in, editor(s)Lloyd P.Gerson , The Cambridge History of Philosophy in Late Antiquity , Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp358-74 , [John M. Dillon], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Les origins du dogmatisme platonicienne in, editor(s)A. Brancacci, D. El Murr, et D. P. Taormina , Autour de Platon. Mélanges offerts à Monique Dixsaut , Paris, Vrin, 2010, pp433-446 , [John M. Dillon], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
John M. Dillon, Intellect and the One in Porphyry's Sententiae, International Journal of the Platonic Tradition , 4, 2010, p27-35 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
John M. Dillon, The Heirs of Plato: A Study of the Old Academy (347 - 274 B.C.), Paperback Edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2005, 251pp, Book, PUBLISHED
John M. Dillon, Salt and Olives: Morality and Custom in Ancient Greece, Paperback Edition, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2005, Book, PUBLISHED
John Dillon & Monique Dixsaut, Agonistes: Essays in Honour of Denis O'Brien, Hbk., Aldershot, Ashgate, 2005, 1 - 289pp, Book, PUBLISHED
John Dillon & S. E. Wilmer, Rebel Women: Staging Ancient Greek Drama Today, Hbk, London, Methuen, 2005, 1 - 272pp, Book, PUBLISHED
  

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Award Date
Member, Royal Irish Academy (Council: 1987-8; 1990-4; 1998-2002; Senior Vice-President, 2001/2) 1983
Elected to Fellowship, Trinity College, Dublin 1982
Faculty Research Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley 1976-7
My chief area of interest is in Greek Philosophy, and in particular Plato and the Platonic Tradition, with special reference to the Old Academy. Middle Platonism and Neoplatonism. I have an interest also in the philosophy of the early Fathers of the Christian Church, such as Origen and the Cappadocian Fathers, and in Islamic philosophy, in particular Sufism.