Philip Freeman

Philip Freeman

Philip Freeman has been a professor in Classics since 2004, focusing on the course topics of Classical Mythology, Ancient Roman Culture, Greece and Rome on Film, as well as Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced Latin.

Professor Freeman is the author of fifteen books on the ancient world for both academic and general readers, including Alexander the Great and Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths. He is a regular guest on NPR (National Public Radio) and has written essays about Greece and Rome for the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

Recent and Current Publication Projects

Marcus Cicero
Marcus Cicero

Cicero's How to Grow Old: Ancient Advice for the Second Half of Life

To be published in 2016, this is the third in a series of translations by Princeton University Press of the works of the Roman orator and politician Marcus Cicero.




 Searching for Sappho
'Searching for Sappho' by Philip Freeman

A biography and complete translation of the works of the Greek poet Sappho which explores her life, her poetry, the times in which she lived, and the lives of all women in ancient Greece. Published in 2016 from W. W. Norton.

Review: “[Freeman] draws on the whole range of evidence for women's lives in the ancient Greek world....The result is an exquisitely detailed and well-judged account of the female life-cycle in classical antiquity....[The chapters] are masterpieces of compression and readability....Freeman's book is full of light and life, and readers seeking an accessible introduction to this marvelous poet need look no further.” — Wall Street Journal 

Celtic Mythology

A collection of stories from Celtic mythology, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2017. 

Life of Saint Brigid

The first scholarly edition of the 7th-century Latin Life of Saint Brigid, Ireland's first woman saint, based on the medieval manuscripts.