Leo Trotz-Liboff,

Leo Trotz-Liboff

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Leo Trotz-Liboff is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the department of Classical Studies. His research focuses on ancient philosophy and political thought. Leo’s dissertation addresses Greco-Roman philosophic esotericism, the rhetorical manner of writing by which philosophers present their most heterodox investigations indirectly. The study examines how the political and epistemic grounds for esotericism in the thought of Plato, Polybius, Cicero, and Plutarch come to light in these authors’ treatment of traditional religion. In addition, he has two publications forthcoming: an article on Lucretius and Epicureanism in Vergil's Georgics in The Classical Journal and a book-chapter on Cicero's De oratore (the latter with Jed W. Atkins). Leo is also interested in spoken Greek and Latin pedagogy. He received a BA in Classics from Middlebury College and an MSt in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature from the University of Oxford.

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