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

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Dougal Blyth, “Theorising Roman Cult: Augustine on Varro”, in Sonya Wurster and Rhiannon Evans (eds.), Theorising Rome (Newcastle:  Cambridge Scholars Press, 2021), 49-66.

Dougal Blyth, “The Uses of Polemic in Ancient Philosophy”, in Tom Stevenson (ed.), Ancient Polemic (Acta Classica Supplement 9, 2021), forthcoming (19 pp.).

Dougal Blyth, “Dialectic and Forms in Prm. 137c-144e”, in Luc Brisson, A. Macé and O. Renaut (eds.), Collected Papers of the Symposium Platonicum XII:  Plato’s Parmenides (Baden-Baden:  Nomos Verlag, forthcoming) (9 pp.).

Teaching | Current

Semester 2 2020

GREEK 707 Selected Greek Texts 1

ANCIENT 749 Themes and Issues in Ancient Culture

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

Disciplinary Convenor for Classics and Ancient History

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Blyth, D. (2019). Plato's Socrates, Sophistic Antithesis and Scepticism. Plato Journal, 19, 25-42. 10.14195/2183-4105
  • 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
  • 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


Contact details

Primary office location

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

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