Clifford Robinson, PhD, BA

Clifford Robinson, PhD, BA

Clifford Robinson PhD

Assistant Professor of Classics


PhD, Classical Studies, Duke University

BA, English, Multidisciplinary Studies (Classics), and Philosophy, East Carolina University

Research Interests

  • Greek and Roman Philosophical Literature (especially the consolatory tradition)
  • Greek and Roman Music Theory
  • Classical Tragedy
  • Critical Theory (especially Psychoanalytic Theory) and Reception Studies


My research focuses on the relationship between ancient Greek and Latin literature, philosophy, and politics. My current book project treats the Latin consolatory literature of Cicero, Seneca, and Boethius. In these works, the authors offer therapeutic advice for extreme grief caused by personal loss, using philosophical argument and literary artifice to help their readers manage their emotions. I’m especially interested in the strange detours through political history that these consolers often take, digressions which suggest their ultimate aim may lie in transforming the political discourse of the day.

I teach courses in all areas of Classics. Students who are interested in Latin or Greek language study are especially encouraged to contact me via e-mail. Current and future courses will likely include: Latin, Ancient Greek, Greek and Roman Philosophy, Ancient Medicine, Ancient Science, Greek and Roman Mythology, Greek and Roman Political Thought.

Selected Scholarly Activity

“The Ragged Clothing of the Mind: the Three Philosophical Therapies of Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy,” 4th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Late Ancient Literary Studies; Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College; Haverford and Bryn Mawr, PA; Oct., 2016.

“Gender Dynamics and the Power of Speech in the Classical Consolatory Tradition,” Maynooth Classics Seminar Discussion Group, Department of Ancient Classics, Maynooth University; Maynooth, Ireland; Apr., 2016. 

“The Political Function of Agamben’s ‘Stoic Providence-Fate Apparatus’ in Seneca’s Ad Polybium de consolatione,” Stoicism and French Philosophy Conference, Department of Classics and the Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition; Bristol, UK; Jan., 2016.

“Consolation and Acknowledgement in Book XXIV of the Iliad,” Conference Paper at CAAS, 2015 Annual Meeting; Wilmington, DE.

“‘Since we are two alone:’ Profaning the Patrios Nomos in Plato’s Menexenus,” Conference Paper at APA/SCS, 146th Annual Meeting (2015); New Orleans, LA.

“The Philosophical Rhetoric of Parrhƒìsia in Plutarch's De Exilio,” Conference Paper at CAMWS-Southern Section, 89th meeting (2012); Tallahassee, FL.

Contact Information

Office location: East Building, Room 210
Mailing address: Box #102
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215-596-8525
Office Fax: 215-596-8722

cl [dot] robinson [at] usciences [dot] edu