• Ryan C. Fowler in DC
Senior Adjunct Professor of Classics



Office: GOE 100


My research interests generally include the evolution of ancient rhetoric and ancient medicine alongside concurrent developments in Greek philosophy, but specifically focus on Platonism in the early Roman Imperial era (first century CE through the fourth century CE) and its impact on some of the early Christian apologists.


Ph.D. in Classics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
M.A. in Classical Greek, Columbia University
M.A. in Philosophy, San Francisco State University
​B.A. in Philosophy, University of Arizona


Current projects:

Review of D.L. Norman. The Aesthetics of Hope in Late Greek Imperial Literature: Methodius of Olympus' Symposium and the Crisis of the Third Century. 2019, for the Journal of Hellenic Studies.  (w/A. Quiroga-Puertas)

Translation (from Latin) of portions of Benito Arias Montano of Sevilla's Bezalel, or On the Tabernacle

Commemtary on the Hippocratic On the Heart

Introduction and vocabulary for Book 2 of Plato's Republic for Bloomsbury Classical Library. 

"Counter-Apostate, Counter-Christianity in John Christopher’s Fireball" for edited volume in The Ancient World in Alternative History and Counterfactual Fictions for the Bloomsbury Studies in Classical Reception.


2020. Review in Classical World of A. G. Long. Death and Immortality in Ancient Philosophy. Key Themes in Ancient Philosophy. Cambridge University Press, 2019. 

2017. “Σωφροσύνη and Self-knowledge in Methodius’ Symposium,” in Rhetorical Strategies in Late Antique Literature: Images, Metatexts and Interpretation. Ed. A. Quiroga. Brill. Pp. 26-43.
(See review by Josiah Davis here)

2017. “Platonism,” in The Oxford Handbook to the Second Sophistic. Edd. W. Johnson and D. Richter. Oxford. Pp. 563-580.
(See review by Jean Alverez here)
(See review by Martin Korenjak here)

2017. “Varieties of Platonic reception in the early Imperial era,” in The Brill Companion to the Reception of Plato in Antiquity. Edd. H. Tarrant, D. Layne, D. Baltzly, & C. Renaud. Brill. Pp. 223-249.
(See review by Anna Motta here)

2016. The Imperial Plato: Albinus, Maximus, Apuleius. Parmenides Publishing. Pp. 376. 
(See review by Robert Lamberton here)
(See review by Darren Gardner here)
(See review by Elsa Giovanna Simonetti here)

w/A. Quiroga-Puertas. 2014. “Silence and Rumor as Rhetorical Strategies in Basil’s Letters.” CHS Research Bulletin 3.1.

2014. Plato in the Third Sophistic. Millennium-Studien/Millennium Studies 50. De Gruyter Publishing. Pp. 318.
(See review here by Fotini Hadjittofi here)

w/K. Meinking, K. Morrell, N. Sandridge, and 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, ed. L.P. Gerson. Cambridge. Pp. 100-115. 

w/T.C. Brennan, T.A. Broughton, A.G. Scott, K.J. Shea, eds. 2006 [2008]. T.R.S. Broughton, Autobiography. AJAH 5, Gorgias Press. Pp. 304.