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Daryn Lehoux

Professor & Head of Department

Department of Classics & Archaeology

Faculty of Arts and Science

Research Interests: Ancient science and epistemology; Greek and Roman philosophy; astronomy, astrology, mathematics, and medicine; 'scientization' of race and gender.

Department of Classics
Queen’s University
Curriculum vitæ

Selected Publications


  • Creatures Born of Mud and Slime: The Wonder and Complexity of Spontaneous Generation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017)

    Reviews: "A historical tour de force ... the author's brilliant prose [makes] the reader appreciate at one time the strangeness and the persuasive power of outmoded scientific explanations."  (Paolo Savoia, Nuncius 34); "Concise and accessible, Lehoux's clarity and graceful prose make this book ... a pleasure to delve into." (James Strick, HOPOS 8)

  • Lucretius: Poetry, Philosophy, Science, co-editor with A. D. Morrison and A. Sharrock (Oxford, 2013)

    Reviews: “incisive ... magisterial ... constitutes a distinguished interdisciplinary contribution to contemporary Lucretian scholarship” (Choice, Mar. 2014); “a valuable collection, including several pieces ... that will stand as landmarks in their respective domains” (Journal of Roman Studies 104); “Quite simply, this is an excellent collection” (Phoenix 68)

  • What Did the Romans Know? (Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2012)

    Reviews: “the most original and provocative contribution to the understanding of ancient science in many years. ... a brilliant and important contribution both to ancient science and the philosophy of science" (Annals of Science, 71.2); “This book is a jewel.” (Isis 104); "superbly clear and accessible ... [an] important, brilliant, and truly admirable book” (Science); “elegant ... a significant contribution to the philosophy of science" (Times Literary Supplement; Times Higher Education); "unprecedented and fascinating ... richly repays study" (British Journal for the History of Science);  "thought-provoking, a virtuoso book” (History Today); "epistemologically sophisticated .. an exciting opportunity for a new beginning" (Expositions Roundtable); "comprehensive and thoughtful ... fresh ... thought-provoking”  (Expositions68)

  • Encyclopedia of Ancient Historysubject editor, ancient science; R. Bagnall et al., general eds. (Wiley, 2012)

Selected Papers

      Ancient Science

  • ‘Why Doesn’t My Baby Look Like Me? Likeness and Likelihood in Ancient Theories of Reproduction,’ in V. Wohl, ed., Probabilities, Hypotheticals, and Counterfactuals in Ancient Greek Thought (Cambridge, 2014), p. 208-229
  • Reflectance Transformation Imaging of a Byzantine Portable Sundial,’ Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 187 (2013) p. 221-229 [with George Bevan and Richard Talbert]
  • ‘Seeing and Unseeing, Seen and Unseen,’ in D. Lehoux, A. D. Morrison, and A. Sharrock, eds., Lucretius: Poetry, Philosophy, Science (Oxford, 2013) p. 131-152
  • Ancient Science in a Digital Age,’ ISIS, 104 (2013) p. 111-118
  • A Revolution of its Own,’ (essay review of Thomas Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 50th Anniversary ed.), Science, 338 (16 Nov. 2012), p. 885-6 [with Jay Foster]
  • ‘Myth and Explanation in Manilius,’ in K. Volk and S. Green, eds., Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius’ Astronomica, (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011) p. 45-56
  • ‘Natural Knowledge in Classical Antiquity,’ in P. Harrison, R. Numbers, and M. Shank, eds., Wrestling with Nature: From Omens to Science (Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2011) p. 37-58
  • 'Observers, Objects, and the Embedded Eye.' Isis ,98 (2007) p. 447-467. (Winner of the History of Science Society's 2008 Price/Webster prize)
  • 'Laws of Nature and Natural Laws.' Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 37 (2006) p. 527-549
  • 'Tomorrow's News Today: Astrology, Fate, and the Ways Out.' Representations, 95 (2006) p. 105-122
  • 'Tropes, Facts, and Empiricism.' Perspectives on Science, 11 (2003) p. 326-345
  • 'Observation and Prediction in Ancient Astrology.' Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 35 (2004) p. 227-246
  • 'The Historicity Question in Mesopotamian Divination.' In J.M. Steele and A. Imhausen, eds., Under One Sky: Astronomy and Mathematics in the Ancient Near East, Alter Orient und Altes Testament, 297 (Münster, Ugarit-Verlag, 2002) p. 209-222
  • 'All Voids Large and Small, Being a Discussion of Place and Void in Strato of Lampsacus's Matter Theory.' Apeiron ,32 (1999) p. 1-36

      Delphic Oracle

  • 'Drugs and the Delphic Oracle.' Classical World,101 (2007) p. 29-44
  • 'The Ethylene-Intoxication Hypothesis and the Delphic Oracle.' Clinical Toxicology,45.1 (2007) p. 85-89 [with Jay Foster]
  • 'A Mighty Wind?' Clinical Toxicology, 46.10 (2008) p. 1098-1099 [with Jay Foster]


  • 'Rethinking Parapegmata: The Puteoli Fragment.' Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik,157 (2006) p. 95-104
  • 'The Miletus Parapegma Fragments.' Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 152 (2005) p. 125-140
  • 'Image, Text, and Pattern: Reconstructing Parapegmata.' In A. Jones, ed., Reconstructing Ancient Texts,Toronto, University of Toronto Press, forthcoming (preprint: page numbers not final)
  • 'Impersonal and Intransitive episemainei.'  Classical Philology, 99 (2004) p. 78-85