Dr Ellisif Wasmuth

School of Philosophy and Art History
Dr Ellisif Wasmuth
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  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872622

  • Location

    6.144, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Spring 2019: Tuesdays 10-11 am Thursdays 10-11 am



Born in Norway, Istudied philosophy and engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) before moving to London to do an MPhilSt in Philosophy at Kings College London. I completed my PhD in 2016 at the Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge, and worked as a Stipendiary Lecturer at St Johns College, Oxford beforejoining the University of Essex in 2017.


  • PhD University of Cambridge,

  • MPhilSt King's College London,

  • BA Norwegian University of Science and Technology,

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Ancient Philosophy, with particular focus on Plato

ancient conceptions of the self and self-knowledge

Socratic ethics

the Platonic dialogueAlcibiades I.

Current research

Plato: First Alcibiades

Book project. In progress.

“Plato on self-knowledge as mirroring: Alc. I 132d1–133c8”

Journal article. In progress.

“Why Socrates’ legs don’t run off to Megara: moral deliberation in Plato’s Crito”

Journal article. In progress.

Conferences and presentations

Institute of Classical Studies Speaker series

Invited presentation, Invited Speaker Series, London, United Kingdom, 12/2/2018

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • The World in Question: the Social, Political and Psychological Legacies of the Enlightenment (CS201)

  • Ancient Philosophy (PY431)

  • Reading texts from the history of philosophy (PY436)


Journal articles (2)

Wasmuth, E., (2018). Selverkjennelse og Statsmannskunst i Alkibiades I (Self-knowledge and statesmanship in Alcibiades I). Agora. 2018 (2-3), 20-45

Wasmuth, E., (2015). ΩΣΠΕΡ ΟΙ ΚΟΡYΒΑΝΤΙΩΝΤΕΣ: THE CORYBANTIC RITES IN PLATO'S DIALOGUES. The Classical Quarterly. 65 (1), 69-84

+44 (0) 1206 872622


6.144, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Spring 2019: Tuesdays 10-11 am Thursdays 10-11 am