• Ryan Fowler
Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics



Office: GOE 100


My research interests include ancient rhetoric and philosophy generally, but focus specifically on Platonism in the early Imperial era (first century CE through the fourth century CE), and on the impact of Greek philosophy on Early Christianity. Even more specifically, I am interested in Platonic handbooks and expositions in the second century CE. 

I am currently working on an article on the idea of the Platonic philosopher-king in the early Common Era for a companion volume on leadership in the ancient world, an article on varying uses of Platonism during this same time period for the Brill Companion for the Reception of Plato in Antiquity, and a paper on the Symposium of Methodius of Olympus for the 2015 Conference on Patristic Studies in Oxford. 

I also teach Biblical Greek for the Lancaster Theological Seminary. 

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  • Latin 102
  • Latin 103 
  • Latin 201
  • CLS 27x: Ancient Medicine
  • Latin Philosophy 320: Lucretius


My main interest in teaching classics focuses on the expression of ideas through works in Greek and Latin, primarily through prose (although the opportunity to teach a class on Lucretius’ philosophical dactylic epic De Rerum Natura in Latin in the spring term is very exciting). In particular, I am interested in discovering and exploring ancient ideas with students as important and helpful examples of the ars vivendi (the “art of living”).  

In addition to Latin language courses this fall, I will also be teaching a course that explores the way medicine and philosophy influenced one another in antiquity as they developed over a number of centuries. We will read a variety of texts in translation—selections from the Hippocratic corpus, Plato, Aristotle, Aretaeus, and Galen—which cover a long period of development, from the 5th century BCE to the second century CE. 


  • Ph.D., Classics. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,  2008
    Dissertation: The Platonic Rhetor in the Second Sophistic

  • M.A., Classical Greek. Columbia University, 2003

  • M.A., Philosophy. San Francisco State University,  1998
    Masters Thesis on Friedrich Nietzsche

  • B.A., Philosophy. University of Arizona,  1993



  • ed. 2014. Plato in the Third Sophistic. Millennium-Studien/Millennium Studies 50. De Gruyter Publishing.



  • ed., trans. The Imperial Plato. Parmenides Press.



  • /K. Meinking/K. Morrell/N. Sandridge/B. Walker. 2014. “Adapting Content from a Massive Open Online Course to a Liberal Arts Setting.” In: Transformations, National Institute  for Technology in Liberal Education. August.

  • 2011. “Literary Platonism and the Platonic Rhetor.” In The Cambridge History of Philosophy in Late Antiquity. L.P. Gerson, ed. Cambridge UP: pp. 100-115.

  • /T.C. Brennan/T.A. Broughton/A.G. Scott/K.J. Shea, edd. 2006 [2008]. T.R.S. Broughton, AutobiographyAJAH 5, Gorgias Press: pp. 304.