Dr Dougal James Blyth

BA (Otago), PhD (Northwestern), MA

Research | Current

  • Aristotle's metaphysics and cosmology
  • A study of the generic and political relations among philosophy, tragedy and comedy in late 5th to 4th century BC Athens (Socrates, Aristophanes, Euripides and Plato)
  • Origins of philosophy in Rome

Teaching | Current

2019 Semester 1

ANCHIST 739 Greek Language (Higher)

ANCHIST 749A Themes and Issues in Ancient Culture

GREEK 200 Ancient Greek Language Acquisition: Intermediate

GREEK 201 Ancient Greek Literary Texts 2A

GREEK 301 Ancient Greek Literary Texts 3A

2019 Semester 2

Research Leave

Postgraduate supervision

Student theses and dissertations completed or now underway on:

1. Greek philosophy

    Plato’s method, metaphysics and political theory

    Aristotle’s metaphysics and political theory

    the Presocratic philosophers

2. Greek drama


    Greek tragedy

3. Roman philosophical texts

    Cicero’s philosophical dialogues

4. Roman drama


Areas of expertise

  • Ancient Greek language and literature
  • Ancient philosophy
  • Greek and Roman drama

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Faculty of Arts Staffing Committee

Classics Schools Day Convenor (2019 Semester 1)

Associate Undergraduate Advisor (2018-9 Summer)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Dougal Blyth (2018). God and Cosmos in Statesman 269c–270a and Aristotle. In B. Bossi, T. M. Robinson (Eds.) Plato's Statesman Revisited (pp. 107-118). Berlin: De Gruyter. 10.1515/9783110605549
  • Dougal Blyth (2017). Aristotle's God in Metaphysics 12.7. Classical Philology, 112 (2), 138-152. 10.1086/691551
  • Blyth, D. (2016). The role of Aristotle’s Metaphysics 12.9. Méthexis, 28 (1), 76-92. 10.1163/24680974-02801005
  • Dougal Blyth (2016). Aristotle’s Ever-turning World in Physics 8: Analysis and Commentary (1st). Leiden & Boston: Brill. Pages: 434.
  • Blyth, D. (2015). Heavenly soul in Aristotle. Apeiron: a Journal for Ancient Philosophy, 48 (4), 427-465. 10.1515/apeiron-2013-0037
  • Blyth, D. (2014). Political Technê: Plato and the Poets. Polis: the Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought, 31 (2), 313-351. 10.1163/20512996-12340019
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/22966
  • Blyth, D. (2013). Review of the book Plato’s Charmides: Positive Elenchus in a “Socratic” Dialogue, by Thomas M. Tuozzo. Classical Review (New series), 63 (1), 60-62. 10.1017/S0009840X12002351
  • Blyth, D. (2012). Socrates and Platonic Models of Love. In M. Johnson, H. Tarrant (Eds.) Alcibiades and the Socratic Lover-Educator (pp. 30-44). Bristol: Bristol Classical. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/12995


Contact details

Primary office location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 1, Room 113
New Zealand

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