Jula Wildberger

Professor

  • Department: Comparative Literature and English
  • Complementary Department(s): History
  • Graduate Program(s): 
    Cultural Translation
  • Office: 
    G-106
  • Office Hours: 
    Wednesdays 17:00-18:00 or by appointment

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Professor Wildberger teaches the languages and literatures of classical antiquity (Greek and Latin), ancient philosophy and ethics. She applies her training in classical philology to the intersections between pragmatic, philosophical and literary questions. She aims at critical, innovative and rigorous scholarship that contributes to her academic discipline but also provides insights relevant to any intellectual and moral agent in the modern world.

After studying and teaching in Germany (Frankfurt am Main; Würzburg; Bonn) and an excursion into the British academic world (University College London; Glasgow), she has settled in Paris to work in a vibrant international research community. Her interest in masculinities and erotic poetry began with a book on Ovid's Art of Love in which she reveals the workings of this highly sophisticated intertextual exercise that transforms the plaintiveness of Latin love elegy into well-controlled erotic technology.

More recent research focuses on the Roman philosopher Seneca and ancient philosophy. In addition to numerous articles, she has published a systematic analysis of Seneca’s ideas about the role of the human being within the cosmos, including extensive new readings of Stoic physics, metaphysics, theology and theory of language, Current projects concern the sources for our knowledge about Stoic ethics, Stoic conceptions of identity, and the pragmatics of so-called diatribe, a wide range of Greek and Latin texts for moral exhortation.



Education/Degrees

  • Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University College London (2006) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2007)
  • Habilitation, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main (2004)
  • Dr. phil., Julius-Maximilians Universität, Würzburg (1997)
  • Magistra Artium, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main (1984)

Publications

Books
Selected articles
  • “Amicitia and Eros: Seneca’s Adaptation of a Stoic Concept of Friendship for Roman Men in Progress.” Philosophie in Rom. Ed. Gernot Michael Müller. Schwabe: Basel, forthcoming.
  • “Types of Freedom and Submission in Tacitus’ Agricola.” Festschrift Carlo Santini, ed. Aldo Setaioli. Trieste: EUT, forthcoming.
  • “Senecan Progressor Friendship and the Characterization of Nero in Tacitus’ Annals.” Translatio humanitatis: Festschrift zum 60. Geburtstag von Peter Riemer. Ed Christoph Kugelmeier. St. Ingbert: Röhrig Universitätsverlag, 2015. 471-492.
  • “Simus inter exempla! Formen und Funktionen beispielhafter Weltflucht in der frühen Kaiserzeit.” Der Mensch zwischen Weltflucht und Weltverantwortung: Lebensmodelle der paganen und der jüdisch-christlichen Antike. Ed. Heinz-Günther Nesselrath and Meike Rühl. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014. 85-109.
  • “The Epicurus Trope and the Construction of a ‘Letter Writer’ in Senecas Epistulae Morales.” Seneca Philosophus. Ed. Marcia L. Colish and Jula Wildberger. Berlin; New York: De Gruyter, 2014. 431-465.
  • “Ethics IV: Wisdom and Virtue.” Brill’s Companion to Seneca, Philosopher and Dramatist. Ed. Gregor Damschen and Andreas Heil. Leiden: Brill, 2014. 301-322. http://books.google.de/books?id=9jqOAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA301&dq=brill+companion+seneca+ethics+Iv:+Wisdom+and+virtue&hl=de&sa=X&ei=bcn3UpmGF-vG7AbjzoHABg&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false
  • “Bodies, Predicates, and Fated Truths: Ontological Distinctions and the Terminology of Causation in Defenses of Stoic Determinism by Chrysippus and Seneca.” Fate, Chance, Fortune in Ancient Thought. Ed. Francesca Guadalupe Masi and Stefano Maso. Amsterdam: Hakkert (Lexis Ancient Philosophy) 2013. 103-123.
  • “Stertinian Rhetoric: Pre-Imperial Stoic Theory and Practice of Public Discourse.” Continuity and Change: Oratory in the Hellenistic Period. Ed. Kathryn Tempest and Christos Kremmydas. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 249-276. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199654314.do#
  • “Delimiting a Self by God in Epictetus.” Religious Dimensions of the Self in the Second Century CE. Ed. Jörg Rüpke and Greg Woolf. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013 (Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum). 23-45.
  • “Paraenesis and argument in Arrian’s Dissertations of Epictetus.” Argument und literarische Form in antiker Philosophie. Ed. Michael Erler. Berlin; New York: De Gruyter 2013 (Beiträge zur Altertumswissenschaft). 411-434.
  •  “Copia-e-incolla e la struttura del Compendio di etica stoica attribuito ad Ario Didimo.” Vestigia Notitiai: Miscellanea in onore di Michelangelo Giusta. Eds. Giuseppina Magnaldi and Edoardo Bona. Alessandria: Edizioni dell’Orso, 2012. 167-177. http://www.ediorso.it/vestigia-notitiai-scritti-in-memoria-di-michelangelo-giusta.html
  • Together with Jonathan Shimony (AUP): “Teaching Classics through Art: Visual Arts as a Tool for Enhancing Text Comprehension and Appreciation." The Iconic Turn in Education. Eds. András Benedek and Kristóf Nyíri. Frankfurt am Main et al.: Peter Lang, 2012. 25-37.
  • “Die komplexe Anlage von Vorgespräch und Rahmenhandlung und andere literarisch-formale Aspekte des Symposion (172a1-178a5).” Platon, Symposion. Christoph Horn, ed. Berlin: Akademie Verlag (Reihe: Klassiker Auslegen), 2012. 17-34. https://books.google.de/books?id=YQ-AuxJC7MYC&printsec=frontcover&hl=de#v=onepage&q&f=false
  • “Seneca und die Stoa.” Geschichte der Bioethik. Ed. Stefan Lorenz Sorgner. Paderborn: Mentis, 2011. 85-96.
  • “Praebebam enim me facilem opinionibus magnorum uirorum: Platonic Readings in Seneca Ep. 102.” Aristotle and the Stoics Reading Plato. Ed. Verity Harte, Mary M. McCabe, Robert A. Sharples and Ann Sheppard. London: Institute of Classical Studies (BICS Supplement 107), 2010. 205-232. http://events.sas.ac.uk/icls/publications/873
  • “Male Youths as Objects of Desire in Latin Literature: Some Antinomies in the Priapic Model of Roman Sexuality.” Eros und Aphrodite: Von der Macht der Erotik und der Erotik der Macht. Ed. Barbara Feichtinger and Gottfried Kreuz. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier (IPHIS 4), 2010. 227-253.
  • “Partikel und Erinnerungsspuren: Der Mensch Epikurs.” Philosophische Anthropologie in der Antike. Ed. Ludger Jansen and Christoph Jedan. Frankfurt am Main: Ontos, 2010. 205-244.
  • “The Stoics on Time, Eternity and the Actions of God.” Zeit und Ewigkeit als Raum göttlichen Handelns: Religionsgeschichtliche, theologische und philosophische Perspektiven. Ed. Reinhard Kratz and Hermann Spieckermann. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2009. 123-152. http://books.google.de/books?id=QR3D7tW6w3oC&printsec=frontcover&hl=de#v=onepage&q&f=false
  • “Iam nocte Titan dubius expulsa redit: Paradoxon, Spaltung und Integration in Senecas Oedipus.” Die Dichter und die Sterne: Beiträge zur lateinischen und griechischen Literatur für Ludwig Braun. Ed. Ulrich Schlegelmilch and Tanja Thanner. Würzburg: Kommissionsverlag Ferdinand Schöningh 2008. 101-123.
  • “Ovids Remedia amoris aus affektpsychologischer Sicht.” Ovid: Werk – Kultur – Wirkung. Ed. Markus Janka, Ulrich Schmitzer and Helmut Seng. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft 2007. 85-112.
  • “Seneca and the Stoic Theory of Cognition – Some Preliminary Remarks.” Seeing Seneca Whole: Perspectives on Philosophy, Poetry, and Politics. Ed. Katharina Volk and Gareth Williams. Leiden: Brill 2006. 75-102.
  • “Quanta sub nocte iaceret nostra dies (Lucan, BC 9,13f.): Stoizismen als Mittel der Verfremdung bei Lucan.” Lukan im 21. Jahrhundert. Lucan in the 21st Century. Lucano nei primi del XXI secolo. Ed. Christine Walde. München and Leipzig: Saur 2005. 56-88.
  • “‘Der eine der beiden Vögel …’: ein Konjekturvorschlag zu Lukian, Symposion 43.” Hermes 133 (2005): 383-387.

For a complete list of publications, see the Curriculum Vitae, above.

Conferences & Lectures

  • “Doxographien der stoischen Ethik und ihre Rezeption in Rom,” II. Workshop der AG „Philosophie in Rom“ (Gesellschaft für Antike Philosophie): „Antike Philosophie in Rom – Paradigmen einer interkulturellen Aneignung,“ Universität Würzburg, July 2015.
  • “Die Visualisierung von Ovids Mythen: Was lernen wir daraus?” International conference “Mythenbilder in Kunst und Literatur: Ovids Werk und sein kultureller Kontext”, Institut für Klassische Archäologie der Ludwig-Maxilians-Universität München, July 2015.
  • “Cleanthes’ Poetry and Poetics.” International workshop on Cleanthes. Institut für Philosophie, Universität Wien, May 2015.
  • “‘To understand each phenomenon as it intended itself’: Hermann Fraenkel as a Historian of Mentalities.” International conference “Formalism / Idealism: Comparative Literary History, 1860-1960.” The University of Chicago Center in Paris, April 2015.
  • “Antinomien des alternden Selbst im Stoizismus.” Internationale Tagung “Alter und Selbstbeschränkung.” Universität Kiel, September 2014.
  • “Beauty and Sociability in Stoic Accounts of Providence and Human Nature: A Foundation for an Environmental Ethic as Love of the Other?” International Conference “Greening the Gods: Ecology and Theology in the Ancient World.” St Edmund’s College, Cambridge (Faculty of Classics; The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion), March 2014 .
  • “Politics of friendship in Seneca’s Epistulae morales.” American Philological Association: Annual Meeting. Chicago, January 2014.
  • Hermann Fränkel: A Scholar between Two Worlds.” Journées d’étude Le regard de l’éxile.” Université Paris IV Sorbonne, The American University of Paris, June 13.
  • “The Inner and the Outer Daimon: Stoic Eudaimonia as a Relation to God.” International conference Forms of Religious Individualisation: Concepts and Processes. Max-Weber-Kolleg, University of Erfurt, May 2013.
  • “Individualismus vs. Holismus? Stoische Schönheit und die Paradoxa des erweiterten Selbst in der Tiefenökologie.” Guest lecture at the Max-Weber-Kolleg, University of Erfurt, May 2013.
  • “Lautliche Ausdrucksmittel zur Darstellung von Emotion und Charakter in Senecas Tragödien.” Conference Seneca und das Drama der Antike, University of Saarbrücken, May 2013.
  • “De ira 1.5-12.” Lectures du De ira de Sénèque. 4es Rencontres internationales de philosophie ancienne. Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon. April 2013.
  • “Bodies vs. Predicates: fatum, confatalia and affata in Cicero’s De fato and Seneca’s Naturales quaestiones 2.38.” Fato, caso e fortuna nel pensiero filosofico antico: Fate, Chance and Fortune in Ancient Thought. Università Ca’Foscari, Venezia. September 2012.
  • "Copia-e-incolla e la struttura del compendio di etica stoica attribuito ad Ario Didimo." Università degli Studi di Firenze. Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia. March 2012.
  • "Teaching Classics through Art: Visual Arts as a Tool for Enhancing Text Comprehension and Appreciation." Paper presented together with artist Jonathan Shimony. 2nd Visual Learning Conference – Budapest. Visual Learning Lab, Department of Technical Education,Budapest University of Technology and Economics. December 2011.
  • "Simus inter exempla! Beispielhafte Weltflucht im Epikureismus und der kaiserzeitlichen Stoa." Menschenbilder zwischen Weltverantwortung und Weltflucht: 14. Internationales Symposion des Graduiertenkollegs „Götterbilder-Gottesbilder-Weltbilder: Polytheismus und Monotheismus in der Welt der Antike.“ Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. November 2011.
  • “Corporealist ontology and its consequences for defining a good life in Stoicism.” Individuals - Individualism - Individuality. 17th International Philosophy Colloquium Evian (Lake Geneva), France. July 2011.
  • “Questions of Value and Agency in Environmental Ethics: A Stoic Response.” Old World and New World Perspectives on Environmental Philosophy. 8th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Environmental Ethics. Nijmegen, The Netherlands. June 2011.
  • “Cic. Tusc. 4, 11-33, Ar. Did. apud Stob. 2, 7, 10, p. 88-93 Wachsmuth ed un perduto manuale Stoico sulle passioni.” Giornata di Studi, Dipartimento di Filologia, Linguistica e Tradizione Classica “Augusto Rostagni,” Università dei studi di Torino. June 2011.
  • “La maîtrise de l‘'orexis chez Épictète.“ Cycle de conférences Léon Robin 2010 - 2011: Le stoïcisme. Centre Léon Robin de recherches sur la pensée antique. CNRS- Paris IV Sorbonne-ENS Ulm. April 2011.
  • “Paraenesis and argument in Arrian’s Dissertations of Epictetus 1.4.1-8.” Dritter Kongress der Gesellschaft für antike Philosophie: Argument und literarische Form in antiker Philosophie. Würzburg, September 2010.
  • Three lectures: (1) ”De initio libelli, quem Tacitus de Agricola scripsit;” (2) “De Q. Mucio Scaevola apud Livium et apud alios Latinos scriptores;” (3) “Exempla aut praecepta? Sen. Epist. mor. 6.” MONVMENTA VIAEQVE. In honorem et memoriam Iohannis Ørberg. Rome, July 2010.
  • “Stertinian Rhetoric – Where does it come from?” After Demosthenes: Continuity and Change in Hellenistic Oratory. London, July 2009.
  • “The Emperor as a Moral Person in the Context of Friendship: The Example of Nero.” Conference Identity, Representation And The Principate AD14–68. St Andrews. June 2008 .
  • “Innovative Assessment: Beyond the Essay.” Panel of the Classics in the Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy at the Classical Association Annual Conference 2008. University of Liverpool, March 2008.
  • “Über den Versuch, Seneca zu übersetzen.” Pontes V: Übersetzung als Vermittlerin antiker Literatur. Universität Innsbruck, September 2007.
  • Sumpsisti uirilem quam statim muliebrem togam reddidisti (Cic. Phil. 2,44): Der jugendliche Mann als Objekt der Begierde von Mann und Frau.” 4. Tagung Gender Studies in den Altertumswissenschaften: Eros und Aphrodite: Von der Macht der Erotik und der Erotik der Macht. Universität Konstanz, July 2007.
  • “Colores Platonici in Seneca.” Ancient Philosophy Seminar. Institute of Classical Studies, London, January 2006 .
  • “Beast or God? – The Intermediate Status of Humans and the Physical Basis of the Stoic Scala Naturae.” Conference Mensch und Tier in der Antike. Rostock, April 2005.
  • “Stoa für Hirnforscher.” Max Planck Institut für Hirnforschung. Frankfurt am Main, Oktober 2004.
  • Quanta sub nocte iaceret nostra dies (Lucan, BC 9,13f.): Stoizismen als Mittel der Verfremdung.” Internationale Lukan-Konferenz. Universität Basel, August 2004.

For a complete list, see the Curriculum Vitae, below.

Affiliations

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Membership in various associations of classicists, such as the American Philological Association

Research Areas

  • Stoicism and Hellenistic philosophy in general; Seneca philosophus; sources of Stoic ethics and theory of the emotions
  • Philosophy in literary texts; literary representation of philosophy; “Diatribe”
  • Latin love poetry; Roman masculinities
  • Latin prosody (pronuntiatus restitutus); metrics; prose-rhythm

Curriculum Vitae