The last few months have been especially hectic, and mostly taken up by editorial work. I sent off to press The Routledge Handbook of the Stoic Tradition over the summer, but it has come back to my desk twice since then, first with copy-editing queries on all the chapters, and then for the proofs. The corrected proofs finally left my desk at the end of December.
The bulk of my time, however, has been devoted to copy editing Aristotle Re-Interpreted, the sequel to Aristotle Transformed, for the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle project. This book brings together 23 chapters, some reprinted from elsewhere and some completely new, along with a substantial new introduction by Richard Sorabji. The book has proved to be especially complex to edit and has taken longer than planned (some 335,000 words and 1868 footnotes), but it is now at last sent to press.
Along the way I have managed to squeeze in a few other things. Back in September I wrote a piece on Stoicism in the Renaissance for Springer’s Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy. I read and examined a doctoral thesis on Stoicism in Paris at the Sorbonne. I ran a workshop on Stoic physics at the ‘Stoicon’ event in London. I wrote and presented a paper on some remarks by Michel Foucault on Roman Stoicism in his Hermeneutics of Subject lecture course at a conference in Bristol.
My next immediate tasks include a paper on the Stoic theory of emotions for the ancient philosophy seminar at Oxford and editing the next volume for the Ancient Commentators, which is Priscian’s Answers to King Khosroes. After those are done I plan to get back in earnest to my Hellenistic Philosophy book.
Beyond that I have two further book projects well advanced. The first, on Marcus Aurelius, is already contracted and part written. A commission to write on Socratic elements in the Meditations will also generate material that will go into that book. The second, on a neglected Renaissance text dealing with Stoic ethics, is currently under proposal review. I hope to make some progress on both during 2016. After that I have two further book projects in mind but they will take me well beyond the coming year.