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Jenny Bryan


Lecturer in Classical Philosophy

Term time office hours:    Term 2: Tuesdays 1-2 p.m. and Fridays 11-12 p.m.


Research interests: Ancient Philosophy, especially Plato and the Presocratics.

IRIS research profile

Jenny read Classics at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. She remained in Cambridge for her graduate and postdoctoral work before moving to UCL in 2010. She works on Ancient Philosophy, with a focus on Presocratic and Platonic epistemology. Her first book, Likeness and Likelihood in the Presocratics and Plato (CUP, 2012) is a study of the philosophical development of the meaning of the Greek word eikos. Jenny has an interest in philosophical methodology and, in particular, in the interaction of form and content within ancient philosophical writing. At present, she is working on articles on several topics, including Xenophon's Socratic writings and Parmenides' physics, and collaborating in a project on the Platonic Epistles.


  • Likeness and Likelihood in the Presocratics and Plato (CUP 2012)
  • Ancient Philosophy and Literature (Acumen, forthcoming)

Articles and Chapters:

  • 'Pseudo-dialogue in Plato's Clitophon', CCJ vol.58 (2012), 1-22.
  • ‘Neronian philosophy’ in E. Buckley and M. Dinter (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to the Neronian Age (Wiley-Blackwell 2013), 134-148.
  • 'Chrysippus and Plato on the fragility of the head' in A. Long (ed.) Plato and the Stoics (CUP 2013), 59-79.
  • ‘Socrates: sources and interpretations’ in F. Sheffield and J. Warren (eds.) Routledge Companion to Ancient Philosophy (Routledge 2013), 111-124.
  • 'Eikos in Plato's Phaedrus' in V. Wohl (ed.) Probabilities, Hypotheticals, and Counterfactuals in Ancient Greek Thought (CUP, forthcoming 2014)