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Lesley A Dean-Jones

Associate ProfessorPh.D., Stanford

Lesley A Dean-Jones


  • Phone: 512-471-2352
  • Office: WAG 123B
  • Office Hours: Fall 2013: MWF 1-2 and by appt.
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ancient medicine, philosophy, and gynecology; women in antiquity

Research Subject Headings: Gender, Health

Affiliated Research/Academic Unit

Fields: Ancient Philosophy, Ancient Medicine, Women in Antiquity


Book: Women's Bodies in Classical Greek Science  pp.293, (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 1994).  Reprinted in paperback 1996.  Put on-line by OUP with Questia in 2001.  Conclusion translated into Spanish and used as Introduction to separate fascicle on ancient gynecology in Arenal 7 (2000), 267-300.

Article: "Too much of a good thing: the health of Olympic athletes in ancient Greece," in East meets West at the Olympic Games, Volume I, ed. Susan E. Brownell (New York: Greekworks 2013), 49-65.

Article: "The Child Patient of the Hippocratics: Early Pediatrics?" in The Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Classical World, edd. Tim Perkins & Judith Evans Grubbs (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2013), 180-99..

Article: "Clinical gynecology and Aristotle's biology," Apeiron 45 (2012), 180-99.

Article: “De medico: a metapaedogogical text,” in Ancient Medical Education: Proceedings of the XIIth Colloque Hippocratique, ed. H.F.J. Horstmannshoff (Leiden: Brill 2010), 1-15.

Article: “Prostitution as a Smoke-screen in a 4th c. B.C.E. Law Case,” Zmanin (Israeli equivalent of History Magazine) 90 (2005), 40-9.

Article: “Written Texts and the Rise of the Charlatan in Ancient Greek Medicine,” Writing into Culture: Written Text and Cultural Practice in Ancient Greece, ed. Harvey Yunis, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2003), 97-121.

Article: “Aristotle’s understanding of Plato’s Receptacle and its significance for Aristotle’s theory of familial resemblance,” Reason and Necessity: Essays on Plato’s Timaeus, ed. M.R. Wright (London: Duckworth 2000), 101-12.

Article: "Philosophy and Science," Cambridge Illustrated History of Ancient Greece, ed. Paul Cartledge (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998), 288-319.

Article: "Teaching Medical Terminology as a Classics Course," Classical Journal 93 (1998), pp.290-6.

Article: “Autopsia, Historia and What Women Know:  The Authority of Women in Hippocratic Gynaecology,” Knowledge and the Scholarly Medical Traditions:  A Comparative Study, ed. Don Bates (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press 1995), 41-58.

Article: “Menexenus—Son of Socrates,” Classical Quarterly  45 (1995), 51-57.

Article: “The ‘Proof’ of Anatomy,” Women in the Classical World:  Image and Text, edd. Elaine Fantham et al. (New York:  Oxford University Press, 1994), 183-205.

Article: “The Politics of Pleasure:  Female Sexual Appetite in the Hippocratic Corpus,” Helios 19 (1992), 72-91. (Reprinted in Discourses of Sexuality:  From Aristotle to Aids, ed. Domna Stanton (Ann Arbor:  University of Michigan Press, 1992), 48-77.)

Article: “The Cultural Construct of the Female Body in Classical Greek Science,” Women's History and Ancient History, ed. Sarah B. Pomeroy (Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 1991), 111-137. (Reprinted in Sex and Difference in Ancient Greece and Rome, edd. Mark Golden & Peter Toohey (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2003), 183-201.)

Article: “Menstrual Bleeding According to the Hippocratics and Aristotle,” Transactions of the American Philological Association 119 (1989), 179-194.

Article: “The Role of Ephialtes in the Development of Athenian Democracy,” Classical Antiquity 6 (1987), 53-76.

Encyclopedia article: “Hair and Hairiness,” in 100,000 Years of Beauty, vol.2, Ancient Civilizations, ed.Claude Calamé (Paris: Les Éditions Babylone 2009), 88-91.

Encyclopedia article: "Hippocratic Corpus, Gynecological Works," Encyclopedia of Ancient Natural Scientists: The Greek Tradition and its Many Heirs, edd. Paul T. Keyser & Georgia L. Irby-Massie (New York: Routledge 2008), 401-3.

Encyclopedia article: Translations with commentary of Pseudo-Aristotelian Problems 4.26& Caelius Aurelianus’ On Chronic Disorders 4.9 for Sourcebook for Homosexuality in the Ancient World, ed. T.K. Hubbard (Berkeley: University of California Press 2003), 262-4 & 463-5.

Review: Hippocrates' Woman: Reading the Female Body in Ancient Greece by Helen King (London: Routledge, 1998) for Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 74 (2000), 812-3.

Review: Hippocrates: Places in Man, trans., ed. & comm. by Elizabeth M. Craik (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998) for Classical World 94 (2000), 100-1.

Review: Hippocrates by Jacques Jouanna, trans. M.B. DeBevoise (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999) for Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 56 (2001), 81-3.

Review: Abortion in the Ancient World, Konstantinos Kapparis (London: Duckworth, 2002) for American Journal of Philology 124 (2003), 613-6.

Review: The Staff of Oedipus: Transforming Disability in Ancient Greece, Martha L. Rose (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press 2003) for The American Historical Review, 110 (2005), 531-2.

Review: Galen on the Brain, Julius Rocca (Leiden: Brill 2004) for Apeiron, 39 (2006), 221-4.

Review: In the Grip of Disease, G.E.R. Lloyd (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2003) for Ancient Philosophy 27 (2007), 205-8.

Review: Compendium of Greek Thought, edd. Jacques Brunschwig et al. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000) for The Washington Times (2/17/01).

Work in Progress

Historia Animalium.  Consisting of Pseudo-Aristotle: De Non Generando & Aristotle: Dialectic on De Non Generando.  Translation with Introduction and Commentary.  (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

"Gynaecology," forthcoming in The Cambridge Companion to Hippocrates, edd. Steven Spiegl & Peter Pormann (Cambridge University Press).

What is natural about the Aristotelian oikos?

Polybus' Heartless Man.

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