University of Manitoba - Faculty of Arts - Classics - Mark Joyal
Mark Joyal


Ph.D. University of St. Andrews
B.A. University of Manitoba

Research Interests:
Greek prose literature and prose style (esp. Plato and Socratic literature);
ancient philosophy and intellectual history (esp. Socrates, the sophists and
the Platonic tradition); Greek and Roman education; Greek palaeography,
manuscript studies, textual criticism and establishment of texts (esp. the
text and textual tradition of Plato)

Department of Classics

373 University College
220 Dysart Road
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB
Canada R3T 2M8

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Authored, co-authored and edited books

Studies in Plato and the Platonic Tradition: Essays Presented to John Whittaker.  Ashgate Publishing Limited: Aldershot 1997.  Review: Bryn Mawr Classical Review, July 1998  (

The Platonic Theages. An Introduction, Commentary and Critical Edition. Philosophie der Antike Bd. 10. Franz Steiner Verlag: Stuttgart 2000.  Reviews: Bryn Mawr Classical Review, October 2001 (; Phronesis 46 (2001) 226; Classical World  95.1 (2001) 93–94; Classical Review 52 (2002) 155–156; The Heythrop Journal 43 (2002) 116–117; Gnomon 75 (2003) 102–107; Phoenix 57 (2003) 154–157; Scripta Classica Israelica 22 (2003) 312–315; L’Antiquité Classique 72 (2003) 346; Emerita 71 (2003) 339–341.

Pseudo-Xenophon: Constitution of the Athenians (introduction, text and commentary). Bryn Mawr Commentaries: Bryn Mawr 2001, 2nd ed. 2002.

In Altum: Seventy-Five Years of Classical Studies in Newfoundland. Memorial University of Newfoundland: St. John’s 2001. Reviews: Bryn Mawr Classical Review, September 2003 (; Phoenix 57 (2003) 367–370.

Co-editor with Rory Egan: Daimonopylai: Essays in Classics and the Classical Tradition presented to Edmund G. Berry. University of Manitoba Centre for Hellenic Civilization: Winnipeg 2004. Reviews: Bryn Mawr Classical Review, November 2004 (; University of Toronto Quarterly 75.1 (2006) 221–223; Phoenix 60 (2006) 140–142.

With Iain McDougall and John Yardley: Greek and Roman Education: A Sourcebook. Routledge Publishing: London/New York 2009. Reviews: Choice 46.9, May 2009 (; Sehepunkte: Rezensionsjournal für die Geschichtswissenschaften 9.5, 2009 (; Bryn Mawr Classical Review, January 2010 (; Bollettino di studi latini 40 (2010) 858–61; Revue d’histoire et de philosophie religieuses 90 (2010) 440;  Arctos 45 (2011) 238–239.

Articles in journals

“[Plato], Theages 129a3,” Rheinisches Museum für Philologie 132 (1989) 102–104.

“Anacreon fr. 449 (PMG),” Hermes 118 (1990) 122–124.

P.Oxy. 3722: Two observations on the Anacreon commentary,” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 82 (1990) 103–104.

“Notes on [Plato], Theages,” Mnemosyne IV, 44 (1991) 419–425.

“Euripides, Medea 486–7,” Classical Quarterly 85, n.s. 41 (1991) 524–525.

“Hesiod’s Heracles: Theogony 526, 950,” Glotta 69 (1991) 184–186.

Aias Lokros fr. 14 Radt: Sophocles or Euripides?,” Symbolae Osloenses 67 (1992) 69–79.  

“A lost Plutarchean philosophical work,” Philologus 137 (1993) 92–103.

“The conclusion of Aeschines’ Alcibiades,” Rheinisches Museum für Philologie 136 (1993) 263–268.

“Socrates and the Sicilian Expedition,” l’Antiquité Classique 63 (1994) 21–33.

“Aelian, Varia Historia 8.1 and the transmission of [Plato], Theages 128d2–3,” Classical Quarterly 90, n.s. 46 (1996) 297–298.

"The textual tradition of [Plato], Theages,” Revue d’Histoire des Textes 28 (1998) 1–54.

“The Theages papyri,” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 139 (2002) 43–45. 

“Socrates and the sophists in the Platonic Theages,” Mouseion n.s. 12 (2012, publ. 2015) 325–339.

“Problems and interpretation in the Platonic Theages,” Wiener Studien 129 (2016; forthcoming).

Chapters in books

“Tradition and innovation in the transformation of Socrates’ divine sign,” in L. Ayres, ed., The Passionate Intellect: Essays on the Transformation of Classical Traditions Presented to I.G Kidd.  Rutgers University Studies in the Classical Humanities, vol. VII. Rutgers University Press: New Brunswick, NJ 1995. 39–56.

“The Divine Sign did not oppose me’: A problem in Plato’s Apology?,” in Studies in Plato and the Platonic Tradition (see above) 43–58.

“Classics at Memorial, 1925–2000: A brief history,” in In Altum: Seventy-Five Years of Classical Studies in Newfoundland (see above) 3–38.

“Socrates, ΔΑΙΜΟΝΙΟΣ ΑΝΗΡ: Some textual and interpretive problems in Plato,” in In Altum: Seventy-Five Years of Classical Studies in Newfoundland (see above) 343–357.

“The language and style of the Old Oligarch (pseudo-Xenophon, ΆΘηναίων Πολιτεία),” in Daimonopylai (see above) 221–239.

“‘Genuine’ and ‘bastard’ dialogues in the Platonic Corpus: An inquiry into the origins and meaning of a concept,” in Javier Martinez, ed., Ergo Decipiatur: Fakes and Forgers of Classical Literature, in Metaforms: Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity, vol. 2. Brill: Leiden 2014. 73-93.

"Education in Greek and Roman Antiquity," in John L. Rury and Eileen H. Tamura, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the History of Education. Oxford University Press (forthcoming).

“What is Socratic about the Platonic dubia and spuria?,” in C. Moore, ed., The Brill Companion to the Reception of Socrates. E.J. Brill: Leiden/New York/Köln 2017 (forthcoming).

Conference proceedings

“Socrates as ΣΟΦΟΣ ΑΝΗΡ in the Axiochus,” in K. Döring et al., eds., Pseudoplatonica. Philosophie der Antike 22. Franz Steiner Verlag: Stuttgart 2005. 97–117.

“To Daimonion and the Socratic problem,” in P. Destrée and N.D. Smith, eds., Socrates’ Divine Sign. Religion, Practice, and Value in Socratic Philosophy. Apeiron 38 (2005) 97–112.

Articles in encyclopedias, dictionaries etc.

“John Burnet (1863–1928),” “James Riddell (1823–66)” and “Dorothy Tarrant (1885–1973),” in R.B. Todd, ed., The Thoemmes Dictionary of British Classicists, 1500–1960. Thoemmes Press: Bristol 2004, pp. 124–126, 819–820, 949–950.

“Aelian,” “Death,” “Diatribe,” “Diogenes Laertius,” “Grief,” and “Neopythagoreanism,” in L. Foxhall et al., Cambridge Dictionary of Classical Civilization. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge 2006, pp. 11, 259, 271, 276, 406, 610–611.

“[Plato], Theages,” in Gerald A. Press, ed. Continuum Companion to Plato. Thoemmes Continuum International Publishing Group: London/New York 2012, pp. 98–99.

“Ancient philosophical idealism and educational theories,” in M.A. Peters, editor-in-chief (section-editor: Daniel Tröhler), The Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer-Verlag GmbH: Heidelberg 2016 (forthcoming).

Review articles

E.A. Duke et al., Platonis Opera, tom. I (Oxford 1995), in Hermathena: A Trinity College Dublin Review 165 (1998) 119–129.

Yun Lee Too, ed., Education in Greek and Roman Antiquity (E.J. Brill: Leiden/New York/Köln 2001), in Ancient History Bulletin 19 (2005) 88–92.


“Greek and Roman Education,” in Oxford Bibliographies (2011; updated 2015).

The Platonic Textual Tradition  --  also linked on the site of the International Plato Society.


[Plato], Eryxias (with notes), in J.M. Cooper and D.S. Hutchinson, eds., Plato: Complete Works. Hackett Publishing Company: Indianapolis/ Cambridge, MA 1997. 1718–1733.


Co-editor of Echos du Monde Classique/Classical Views n.s. 14.1–3 (1995), 15.1–3 (1996), 16.1–3 (1997), 17.1–3 (1998), 18.1–3 (1999), 19.1–3 (2000).

Co-editor and editor of Mouseion (Journal of the Classical Association of Canada/ Revue de la Société canadienne des études classiques) 1.1–3 (2001), 2.1–3 (2002), 3.1–3 (2003), 4.1–3 (2004),  5.1–3 (2005), 6.1–3 (2006), 7.1–3 (2007).


•  Christian Brockmann, Die handschriftliche Überlieferung von Platons Symposion (Ludwig Reichert Verlag: Wiesbaden 1992), in Échos du monde classique/Classical Views 40, n.s. 15 (1996) 432–439. •   Desmond Conacher, Euripides and the Sophists (Duckworth: London 1998), in the University of Toronto Quarterly: A Canadian Journal of the Humanities 69.1 (1998/99) 170–171 (“Letters in Canada 1998”).  •  Richard Marback, Plato’s Dream of Sophistry (University of South Carolina Press: Columbia, SC 1999), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 14/10/2000:  •  S.R. Slings, Plato: Clitophon. Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries 37 (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge 1999), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 6/11/2001:  •  Nicholas Denyer, Plato: Alcibiades (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge 2001), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 28/1/2003:   •  Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr., Symposia: Plato, the Erotic, and Moral Value (State University of New York Press: Albany 1999), in Phoenix 56 (2002) 158–160.  •  Trevor J. Saunders (revised and completed by Luc Brisson), Bibliography on Plato’s Laws, with an additional bibliography on the Epinomis (Akademia Verlag: Sankt Augustin 2000), in Phoenix 56 (2002) 365–367. •  Mary Margaret McCabe, Plato and his Predecessors: The Dramatisation of Reason (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge 2000), in Phoenix 57 (2003) 152–154.  •  S.R. Slings, Critical Notes on Plato’s Politeia. Mnemosyne Supplement 267 (E.J. Brill: Amsterdam 2005), in Classical Review 57.1 (2007) 41–42.  •  Nicholas Denyer. Plato: Protagoras. Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge 2008), in Mouseion 9 (2009) 346-349  •  Joachim Dalfen. Platon, Minos. Platon, Werke Bd. IX.1. Übersetzung und Kommentar (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht: Göttingen 2009), in Gnomon 83 (2011) 360–362.  •  Bruno Vancamp. Untersuchungen zur handschriftlichen Überlieferung von Platons Menon. Palingenesia 97 (Franz Steiner: Stuttgart 2010), in Grazer Beiträge  28 (2011) 243–245.  •  W. Martin Bloomer. The School of Rome. Latin Studies and the Origins of Liberal Education. University of California Press: Berkeley/Los Angeles/London 2011), in Classical Review 62 (2012) 593–595.  •  Clyde Pharr, John Wright, Paula Debnar. Homeric Greek: A Book for Beginners, fourth edition (University of Oklahoma Press: Norman 2012), in Mouseion n.s. 12 (2012, publ. 2015) 233–237   •   Catherine Wolff. L’éducation dans le monde romain: du début de la République à la mort de Commode. Antiquité / Synthèses 16 (Éditions Picard: Paris 2015), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (forthcoming).

Other reviews and articles

•  Guy MacLean Rogers, Alexander: The Ambiguity of Greatness (Random House: New York 2004) and Steven Pressfield, The Virtues of War. A Novel of Alexander the Great (Doubleday: New York 2004), in the Winnipeg Free Press, 28 November 2004.  •  David Grossman, Lion’s Honey (The Samson Myth) (Knopf: New York 2006) and Victor Pelevin, The Helmet of Horror (Theseus and the Minotaur) (Knopf: New York 2006), both in the “Myths Series,” in the Winnipeg Free Press, 22 October 2006.  •  Robin Waterfield, Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths (McClelland & Stewart Ltd.: Toronto 2009), in the Winnipeg Free Press, 24 May 2009.   •  “Voter apathy? It’s been that way a while,” in the Winnipeg Free Press, 23 October 2010 (in the section “Learning Curve”).


“John Whittaker †,” Gnomon 73.2 (2001) 183–184.  • “In Memoriam James Lawrence Peter Butrica,” Mouseion 6.1 (2006) i–ii.