Emma Burton

I am a first-year PhD student in Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Toronto, I grew up in France and completed my secondary schooling there. I received my B.A. in Classics from King’s College London (First-Class Honours), where I wrote my undergraduate dissertation on the notion of natural laws in Heraclitus and on the ways in which these laws relate to his conception of the divine. I also hold a Master’s degree in Ancient Philosophy from the University of Oxford, where I wrote my Master’s thesis on Antiphon’s critique of law in his tracts, 'On Truth' and 'On Concord'. After completing the MSt in Ancient Philosophy, I spent a year as a Visiting Student in the Faculty of Classics at the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg.
My primary research interests include the history of ancient moral and legal thought (especially in the works of Plato, Thucydides and the Sophists), political neologisms in Thucydides and Euripides, Plato’s aesthetic theories and Heraclitus’ influence on Stoic ethics.