Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry

Professor David T. Runia, FAHA

Professor David T. Runia, FAHA

Director, Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry

BA (Hons), MA, Dip Ed, LittD (UniMelb), DLitt (VU Amsterdam), FAHA

David Runia is a scholar specialising in Classics and Ancient Philosophy. After receiving his initial training at the University of Melbourne, he completed his doctorate at the Free University, Amsterdam with a study on Philo of Alexandria and the Timaeus of Plato. From 1991 to 1999 he was C J De Vogel Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Utrecht and from 1992 to 2002 he held the chair of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at Leiden University in the Netherlands. From 2002 to 2016 he was Master of Queen’s College at the University of Melbourne, where he has also been a Professorial Fellow since 2002. His research interests are Philo of Alexandria and Hellenistic Judaism, the Platonist tradition in ancient philosophy and the study of the sources of our knowledge of ancient philosophy with a particular emphasis on the role of ancient doxography. He has been the editor of The Studia Philonica Annual (SBL Press) since 1989 and is the chief editor of the monograph series Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae (Brill). He was elected a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1999 and he is a correspondent of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities.

 Recent publications

Sterling, G. E. (ed.), Studies in Philo in Honor of David Runia (= The Studia Philonica Annual vol. 28. SBL Press: Atlanta 2016 (Festschrift).

‘Philo in Byzantium: an Exploration’, Vigiliae Christianae 70 (2016) 259–281.

‘Eudaimonist Closure in the Speeches of Plato’s Symposium,’ in M. Tulli and M. Erler (edd.), Plato in Symposium: Selected Papers from the Tenth Symposium Platonicum, International Plato Studies 35. Akademia Verlag, Sankt Augustin 2016, 403–408.

‘Ancient Doxography,’ in Dee Clayman (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Classics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

‘Cosmos, Logos, and Nomos: the Alexandrian Jewish and Christian Appropriation of the Genesis Creation Account,’ in P. Derron (ed.), Cosmologies et cosmogonies dans la littérature antique. Fondation Hardt: Vandœuvres-Geneva 2015, 179–209.

‘Philon von Alexandria,’ in G. Schöllgen et al. (edd.), Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum, vol. 27. Anton Hierseman: Stuttgart, 2015, 605–27.

(editor with G. E. Sterling), The Studia Philonica Annual 27. SBL Press: Atlanta 2015.