A.G. Leventis Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Greek Studies 2019 – 2022 Announced
8 July 2019
The Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition is delighted to announce that Dr Benjamin Folit-Weinberg has been appointed A.G. Leventis Research Fellow for 2019 – 2022
Dr Folit-Weinberg completed a BA at Brown University, and subsequently read for an MA at the University of Bristol. He completed his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, and will be joining the University of Bristol in September 2019.
Dr Folit-Weinberg’s work operates at the intersection of literary criticism, ancient philosophy, and cultural and conceptual history. His past and current research explores how Archaic and Classical Greek thinkers figure meaning, with a particular focus on how poetic imagery and everyday language underpin foundational concepts in Western thought. In his PhD-thesis and the book manuscript it has become, he provided an account of the Presocratic philosopher Parmenides’ pioneering development of extended deductive argumentation by examining the central importance of Parmenides’ thinking and speaking in terms of the ‘hodos’ (‘road’, ‘route’, ‘way’, ‘path’, or ‘journey’). As A.G. Leventis Fellow, he will continue on this road by exploring the place of the hodos in the Archaic and Classical Greek cultural landscape, with a particular focus on the central role that roads play in structuring the semiotics of dramatic stage space and in Plato’s construction of his ontological and epistemological frameworks.
We would like to express once again our gratitude to the A.G. Leventis Foundation, whose continuing generosity has enabled us to support the innovative research of early career scholars since the Institute’s inception.
We would also like to thank the outgoing Leventis Fellow, Dr William Guast, for his contributions to the intellectual life of the Department and the Faculty at large, as well as for his enthusiasm and commitment to the Classics outreach activities. We wish him all the best with his future plans.