Dr Fabio Sarranito

Dr Fabio Sarranito


I was awarded my PhD in 2015 by NOVA University of Lisbon, with a dissertation on the concepts of madness and lucidity in Plato’s Phaedrus. As an undergrad, I studied Philosophy and I also hold an MA degree in Ethics. I specialise in ancient philosophy and ancient Greek literature. My research interests lie mainly in ethics and philosophical anthropology, focusing on topics like care, love, ways of life and the interaction between philosophy and other literary genres such as tragedy and epic and lyric poetry, as well as ancient intellectual disciplines like rhetoric and sophistry.

I have been teaching at the University of Leeds for a number of years now, first as a teaching assistant (PGR), then as an hourly-paid tutor, a Teaching Fellow and now as Lecturer in Ancient Greek Literature and Culture.

I am also a collaborating member of the IFILNOVA (NOVA University of Lisbon) research centre.

Research interests

My research interests cover a variety of topics in Ancient Greek Literature and Culture, with a particular focus on Ancient Philosophy (especially Plato) and its interaction with other literary genres and ways of thinking. These topics include:

  • love, sanity and madness
  • care and neglect
  • happiness and the good life
  • character, personality and ways of life
  • anti-natalism in Antiquity
  • classics and antifascist and anticolonial literature.
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD Ancient Philosophy
  • MA Philosophy - Ethics
  • BA Philosophy

Student education

I teach modules on Greek literature and life writing, as well as both Latin and Ancient Greek. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Classics
  • Classics
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Centre for World Literatures
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>