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Graeme Miles

Graeme Miles

Lecturer, Classics
First Year and Major Coordinator, Ancient Greek

Room 444, Humanities Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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Graeme.Miles@utas.edu.au

Graeme Miles is a Lecturer in Classics in History & Classics in the School of Humanities and researches Greek literature (especially of the Roman Era) and philosophy (especially the Platonic tradition).

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree Title of Thesis UniversityCountryAwarded
PhD Humanity, Animality and Divinity in Philostratus' Life of Apollonius and Heroicus University of Tasmania Australia 2007
BA (Hons) Some Aspects of Euripides' Dionysus University Western Australia Australia 2000

Biography

Graeme completed his undergraduate study and PhD at the University of Western Australia. Following his doctorate he was an Asialink writer in residence based at the University of Madras, then a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Ghent, Belgium (2007), before returning to teach at UWA in early 2008. He moved to the University of Tasmania in second semester 2008.

Research Themes

Graeme's research aligns to the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. His research interests include Greek and Latin literature and language (especially Greek literature of the Roman Imperial period); the ancient novel and its 'fringe'; the works of Flavius Philostratus; the history of interpretation and its representation in texts; Neoplatonism.

Following his PhD on the works of Philostratus, Graeme has published several further studies on this author, ellucidating in particular his understanding of acts of interpretation (of visual art and literature) and the nature of his engagement with earlier literature and philosophy.

Graeme's other major interest is in the Platonic tradition. He is currently, with Professor Dirk Baltzly (University of Tasmania) and Professor John Finamore (University of Iowa) translating Proclus' Commentary on Plato's Republic (forthcoming in three volumes with Cambridge University Press).

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australasian Society for Classical Studies
  • International Society for Neoplatonic Studies

Teaching

Ancient Greek language, Ancient Greek literature, Second Sophistic, Greek Philosophy.

Teaching responsibility

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Expertise

  • Greek and Latin literature and language (especially Greek literature of the Roman Imperial period);
  • the ancient novel and its 'fringe';
  • the works of Flavius Philostratus;
  • the history of interpretation and its representation in texts;
  • Neoplatonism.

Collaboration

Graeme Miles and Dirk Baltzly are currently collaborating with John Finamore (University of Iowa) to produce the first English translation of Proclus' Commentary on Plato's Republic.

Current projects

Graeme has recently completed a monograph on the representation of interpretation in Philostratus. He is currently working with Professor Dirk Baltzly (University of Tasmania) and John Finamore (University of Iowa) on a translation of Proclus' Commentary on Plato's Republic, which will be published by Cambridge University Press in the three volumes, the last of which is scheduled for 2020/2021.

Fields of Research

  • Latin and Classical Greek Literature (200510)
  • Other Literatures in English (200508)
  • Classical Greek and Roman History (210306)
  • Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing (199999)
  • History of Philosophy (220210)
  • Philosophy (220399)
  • Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) (200502)
  • Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies (200209)
  • Comparative Religious Studies (220402)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology (970121)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing (970119)
  • Understanding Europe's Past (950504)
  • Understanding Past Societies (950599)
  • Cultural Understanding (959999)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture (970120)
  • Religious Traditions (excl. Structures and Rituals) (950406)
  • Understanding Australia's Past (950503)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies (970122)
  • Understanding Asia's Past (950502)
  • Religion and Society (950404)

Publications

Graeme has completed a monograph (Interpreters and Interpretation in Philostratus) and numerous journal articles on the works of Flavius Philostratus. The most cited of these have been 'Reforming the Eyes: Interpreters and Interpretation in the Vita Apollonii' (in K. Demoen and D. Praet (eds.), Theios Sophistes, Leiden: Brill, 2009) and 'Music and Immortality: The Afterlife of Achilles in Philostratus' Heroicus' (Ancient Narrative 4 (2004), pp. 66-78). He has several other forthcoming pieces (in e.g. Classical Philology and Ancient Narrative) on the engagement of Philostratus with earlier thought, especially in the depiction of Apollonius of Tyana, a celibate ascetic and philosopher of the first century. Graeme has also written the chapter on Philostratus for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook to the Second Sophistic (eds. D. Richter and W. Johnson).

The major focus of Graeme's current research is the Commentary on Plato's Republic of Proclus. He has also published on the earlier Neoplatonism of Porphyry of Tyre; see especially 'Stones, Wood and Woven Papyrus: Porphyry's On Images', Journal of Hellenic Studies 135 (2015), 78-94. In addition to the philosophical and rhetorical aspects of these texts, he is also interested in the social context and implications of Neoplatonism, which he has explored through the philosophical biographies of the period; see especially the chapter in the Oxford Handbook to Ancient Biography (ed. K.Temmerman).

Total publications

35

Journal Article

(13 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Miles G, 'Ominous Swans in Philostratus' Life of Apollonius (1.5)', Mnemosyne, 70, (5) pp. 758-774. ISSN 0026-7074 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1163/1568525X-12342212 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Miles G, 'Hippolytus, the Lamia, and the Eunuch: Celibacy and Narrative Strategy in Philostratus' Life of Apollonius', Classical Philology, 112 pp. 200-218. ISSN 0009-837X (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2015Miles G, 'Stones, Wood and Woven Papyrus: Porphyry's on Statues', Journal of Hellenic Studies, 135 pp. 78-94. ISSN 0075-4269 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2015Miles GRI, 'Incarnating Proteus in Philostratus' Life of Apollonius of Tyana', Ancient Narrative, 13 pp. 1-18. ISSN 1568-3532 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2014Miles GRI, 'Review: Jeffrey Rusten, Jason Konig​, Philostratus. Heroicus, Gymnasticus, Discourses 1 and 2. Loeb Classical Library, 521. Cambridge, MA; London: Harvard University Press', Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 12, (33) pp. 1. ISSN 1055-7660 (2014) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2011Miles GRI, 'Review of Letizia Abbondanza (ed.), Filostrato maggiore. Immagini. Biblioteca Aragno. Torino: Nino Aragno Editore, 2008', Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2011, (03) pp. no. 73. ISSN 1063-2948 (2011) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2010Miles G, 'Narrative Form and Philosophical Implications in the Life of Plotinus', Phrasis: studies in language and literature, 51, (1) pp. 59-81. ISSN 2030-5265 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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2010Miles GRI, 'Review of John M. Dillon, Wolfgang Polleichtner (ed.), Iamblichus of Chalcis: The Letters. Writings from the Greco-Roman World. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009 ', Bryn Mawr Classical Review, (11) pp. no. 33. ISSN 1063-2948 (2010) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2009Miles GRI, 'Peter Grossardt, Einfuhrung, Ubersetzung und Kommentar zum Heroikos von Flavius Philostrat ', Gnomon-Kritische Zeitschrift fur die gesamte klassische Altertumswissenschaft, 81, (3) pp. 201-204. ISSN 0017-1417 (2009) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2009Miles GRI, 'The representation of reading in 'Philip the Philosopher's' essay on Heliodorus', Byzantion: revue internationale des etudes byzantines, 79, (2009) pp. 292-305. ISSN 0378-2506 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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2009Miles GRI, Demoen K, 'In Praise of the Fable. The Philostratean Aesop', Hermes - Zeitschrift fur klassische Philologie, 137, (1) pp. 28-44. ISSN 0018-0777 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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2006Miles GRI, 'Ellen Bradshaw Aitken and Jennifer K. Berenson Maclean (ed.), Philostratus's Heroikos: Religion and Cultural Identity in the Third Century C.E', Limina: Journal of History and Cultural Studies, 12 pp. 74-76. ISSN 1324-4558 (2006) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2005Miles GRI, 'Music and Immortality: The Afterlife of Achilles in Philostratus', Ancient Narrative, 4 pp. 66-78. ISSN 1568-3540 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Borg M, Miles GRI, 'Approaches to Genre in the Ancient World', Cambridge Scholars Press, United Kingdom (2013) [Edited Book]

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Chapter in Book

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2016Miles GRI, 'Psellos and his Traditions', Byzantine Perpsectives on Neoplatonism, De Gruyter, Mariev s (ed), Berlin, pp. 79-102. ISBN 978-1-5015-1167-7 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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2014Miles GRI, 'Living as a Sphinx: Composite Being and Monstrous Interpreter in the 'Middle Life' of Michael Psellos', Conjunctions of Mind, Soul and Body from Plato to the Enlightenment, Springer, D Kambaskovic-Sawers (ed), Netherlands, pp. 11-24. ISBN 978-94-017-9072-7 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-9072-7_2 [eCite] [Details]

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2013Miles Graeme, 'Genres of Painting and Genres of Text in the Imagines of Philostratus', Approaches to Genre in the Ancient World, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Michelle Borag and Graeme Miles (ed), Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, pp. 123-141. ISBN 9781443849807 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2009Miles GRI, 'Reforming the Eyes: Interpreters and Interpretation in the Vita Apollonii', Theios Sophistes. Essays on Flavius Philostratus' Vita Apollonii. , Brill, Demoen, Kristoffel; Praet, Danny (ed), Leiden, pp. 129-160. ISBN 978-90-04-17109-1 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2007Miles GRI, 'Catherine Osborne, Dumb Beasts and Dead Philosophers: Humanity and the Humane in Ancient Philosophy and Literature ', Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 09, (Review no. 60) pp. 2373 words. (2007) [Review Single Work]

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Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2010Miles G, ''I, Porphyry': the narrator of the Vita Plotini', Open Acess Australasian Society for Classical Studies Proceedings, 2-5 February 2010, Perth: University of Western Australia EJ (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Major Creative Work

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2012Miles GRI, 'Recurrence', John Leonard Press, St Kilda, VIC, 1st edition, pp. 61 (2012) [Published Creative Work]

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2006Miles GRI, 'Phosphorescence: a collection of poems', Fremantle Press, Western Australia, 1st, pp. 78 (2006) [Published Creative Work]

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Other Creative Work

(13 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Miles G, 'Dog, Mountain and Moon', UWA Publishing, Australia, pp. 1 (2017) [Minor Creative Work]

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2017Miles G, 'Those Apes', Puncher and Wattman, Australia, pp. 1 (2017) [Minor Creative Work]

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2016Miles G, 'Heart of Glass', Southerly Journal, Australia, pp. 1 (2016) [Minor Creative Work]

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2015Miles G, 'Domestic Fauna', Australia, pp. 1 (2015) [Minor Creative Work]

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2015Miles G, 'Some Similes about Similes about Similes', University of Western Australia, Australia, pp. 1 (2015) [Minor Creative Work]

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2014Miles G, 'In a Symbolist Mood', Australia, pp. 1 (2014) [Minor Creative Work]

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2010Miles GRI, 'Fotis' Portraits', island.magazine@utas.edu.au, Sandy Bay, Hobart , pp. 1 (2010) [Minor Creative Work]

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2010Miles GRI, 'Ariadne on Naxos', University of Western Australia. Arts Union, Nedlands, W.A., pp. pp.204-206 (2010) [Minor Creative Work]

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2009Miles GRI, 'Two Guesses at Immortality', Puncher & Wattmann , Glebe, pp. 1 (2009) [Minor Creative Work]

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2007Miles GRI, 'Talking Glass', University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, pp. pp. 44-45 (2007) [Minor Creative Work]

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2006Miles GRI, 'Some Things the Body Knows', Black Inc, Melbourne, pp. 1 (2006) [Minor Creative Work]

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2004Miles GRI, 'Alternative Daylights', Black Inc, Melbourne, pp. 2 (2004) [Minor Creative Work]

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2004Miles GRI, 'The Road in the Rearview Mirror at Night', University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, pp. 1 (2004) [Minor Creative Work]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

3

Total funding

$30,350

Projects

The 'likeness to god' in late-antique philosophy (3rd to 6th centuries AD) (2016)$11,684
Description
The ancient notion that the goal of living an ethical life was becoming like god can seem particularly remote and strange to our secular age. Nonetheless, this is a pervasive idea at least from Plato (5th-4th centuries BC) throughout antiquity and into Christianity and Islam. My proposed project is part of a broader attempt to understand what this idea meant to a range of ancient thinkers: Christians, Jews, Muslims and pagans, some with a belief in a non-material reality, others materialists. To understandthis on the ancients own terms contributes to our understanding of ancient religion and philosophy, and the legacy of ancient thought in the present day. It contributes a deeper understanding of the natureof philosophy and of an ethical life, and of the changing concepts of divinity across cultures and religions.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($11,684)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Miles GRI; Baltzly DC
Year
2016
Philostratus' Life of Apollonius 2-3: A Greek Sophist Imagines India (2011)$13,666
Funding
University of Tasmania ($13,666)
Scheme
Grant-Institutional Research Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Miles GRI
Year
2011
Porphyry of Tyre: Ideal and Polemic (2010)$5,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($5,000)
Scheme
Grant-Institutional Research Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Miles GRI
Year
2010

Research Supervision

Graeme has supervised projects in Greek literature and thought and welcomes expressions of interest from new MA or PhD students in these areas.

Current

8

Completed

8

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDThe male aristocratic masochist in literature2013
PhDDomestic Archaeology in Egypts Dakhleh Oasis: Tradition and Transformation2014
PhDA Homerica Interpretation of the Presocratics: Mysticism or Proto-Science?2014
PhDLucian's Maze of Identities: Hellenism, Syria and Roman Imperialism2015
PhDRomano - British Temples: Religious expression and cultural identity in Roman Britain A.D. 43 - 4102015
PhD"Proteus and "Poikilia". The influence of Philostratus the Elder on the Dionisiaca of Nonnos of Panopolis, with Particular Emphasis on Ekphrastic and Metamorphic Elements"2015
MastersThe Female Voice and Viewpoint in Lucan's 'Bellum Civile' and Statius' 'Thebaid'2016
PhDShapeless Things: TheIintersection of Literary and Philosophical Inquiry2017

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDMetaphysics, Morality and Malevolence: An investigation into the philosophical outlook inherent in the treatment of the myths in Ovids Metamorphoses
Candidate: Callum James Hyland
2017
PhDThe Contest for Macedon: A study on the conflict between Cassander and Polyperchon (319 - 308 B.C.)
Candidate: Evan Michael Pitt
2016
PhDThe Role of Battle Narrative in the Bellum Gallicum
Candidate: David Jonathon Nolan
2014
PhDRitualising Encounters with Subterranean Places: an Investigation of Urban Depositional Practices of Roman Britain
Candidate: Nicole Clare Collie
2013
MastersMarcus Aurelius: Family, Dynasty, Power
Candidate: Paul Jarvis
2012
PhDElegiac Ascent: Plotting a Path through Propertius' Poetic Landscape
Candidate: Michael John Berry
2012
PhDLucan's Bellum Ciuile and the Epic Genre
Candidate: Frances Louise Alexis
2011
MastersImperial Legitimacy in the Roman Empire of the Third Century: AD 193 - 337
Candidate: Matthew Kraig Shaw
2010