About the Author

Thomas More Robinson


Thomas M. Robinson is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Classics at the University of Toronto. In addition to his scholarly publications, he is the author of The Other Olympians, a volume of eighteen plays dramatizing the lives and works of the central actors of the golden age of 5th and 4th century BCE Greece. Several of these plays have been translated and published in other languages (three in Modern Greek, 2013; three in Chinese, 2014; and three others in Russian, 2018).

Thomas M. Robinson holds honorary doctorates in Humane Letters (The University of Athens, 2001) and in Sacred Letters (University of Trinity College in the University of Toronto, 2008). He has authored nine books, including Plato’s Psychology, which was designated by the University of Toronto Press as one of the one hundred ‘most influential and important’ books it had published in the twentieth century; edited or co-edited a dozen other works; published more than a hundred articles in various academic journals; and delivered more than two hundred lectures to academic audiences around the world. In 1998 he was a recipient of the Aristotle Award, an honour bestowed by the government of Greece on non-Greek nationals for significant contributions to our understanding of Greek thought and culture.

Greek Philosophy in the New MillenniumProf. Robinson is a former president of the International Plato Society, the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities, and he is presently an Honorary President of the International Association for Greek Philosophy. In 2004 he was the recipient of a Festschrift: Greek Philosophy in the New Millennium: Essays in Honour of Thomas M. Robinson; and in 2013 he was honoured with the publication of a dedicated volume of the Journal Celestia Nova. Titled The Olympic Plays: Aphieroma ston kathigiti Thomas M. Robinson (Celestia Nova 4 [1]), the latter work consists of three of his plays in Modern Greek translation along with the English-language originals.

Prof. Robinson has made a number of appearances on radio and television, the most notable being “The Greek Legacy”, five lectures for CBC IDEAS (1975); a six-part series for TV Ontario titled “Philosophers at Work”, which he hosted and moderated (1981); and the CBC radio symposium “Speaking of Socrates,” which he also hosted and moderated (2003).

He continues to lecture internationally, and to publish books and articles on topics of Greek philosophy, especially the works of Plato.