Geir Þórarinn Þórarinsson

    Geir Þórarinn Þórarinsson

    Adjunct Lecturer of Latin and Greek at the University of Iceland

    Veröld – House of Vigdís #211
    tel: 525-4528

    Heimasíða Geirs Þórarins Þórarinssonar

    University of Iceland
    Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages
    Brynjólfsgötu 1
    IS-107 Reykjavik
    Tel: +354-5254000


    Geir began his training at the University of Iceland and completed a BA in Philosophy, Ancient Greek and Latin in 2004. He moved to the United States for graduate study and has an MA in Classics and Classical Philosophy from Princeton University.

    Geir teaches the classical languages, as well as literature, history and culture of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. His research interest is primarily in ancient philosophy.


    Adjunct lecturer I in Classics, University of Iceland from January 2017.

    Adjunct lecturer II in Classics, University of Iceland 2012 – 2017.

    Sessional teacher (non-tenured) in Classics, University of Iceland, 2010 – 2012.


    Geir teaches beginner level courses on ancient Greek and Latin grammar and syntax as well as reading courses designed to enhance the students’ ability to read original texts in the original languages; introduction to classical studies and various courses on the history, culture and religion of the Ancient Greeks and Romans (e.g. History of ideas in antiquity, and Classical mythology and Greek and Roman religion); survey courses on Ancient Greek and Latin literature (e.g. Classical literature, Greek tragedy, Greco-Roman rhetoric, and Greek and Roman historigraphy) as well as courses on particular authors and grenres (e.g. Homer, Hesiod, Plato, Caesar, Sallust, and Propertius). Geir has also participated in teaching various courses outside of Classics concerning language, culture or philosophy and has supervised independent study projects and senior theses in Classics and Philosophy.


    Thor Thors Prize, The American-Scandinavian Foundation, 2004

    P.E. More Fellowship in Classical Philosophy, Princeton University, 2004-2010


    Geir has research interest primarily in ancient philosophy, especially Plato and Platonism, Aristotle and the Aristotelian tradition, and Hellenistic philosophy; and in topics in the philosophy of mind and language, moral psychology, ethics and action theory in ancient and modern thought. Geir also has research interest in Greek and Latin literature, especially prose authors, historiography and rhetoric.


    (Selected peer-reviewed articles)

    “Farsæld í Siðfræði Evdemosar” [Eudaimonia in the Eudemian Ethics]. Eiríkur Smári Sigurðsson og Svavar Hrafn Svavarsson (eds.), Hugsað með Aristótelesi [Thinking with Aristotle] (Háskólaútgáfan, 2018).

    “Language, Mind, and Justice: Philosophical Topics in the Writings of Þorsteinn Gylfason”. Gabriel Malenfant (ed.), Inquiring Into Contemporary Icelandic Philosophy (Háskólaútgáfan, 2014).

    (with Andreas T. Zanker) “The Meanings of «Meaning» and Reception Studies”, Materiali e discussioni per l’analisi dei testi classici 67 (2011): 9-19.



    “Rhetoric, Truth, and The Ethics of Belief” during the session “Lessons from Plato for the Post-Truth Era”, Thinking Clearly in the Age of Fake News: Learning from Antiquity. Bowdoin College, April 18, 2019.

    “The Melian dialogue: Is There a Pathology of Polemos in Thucydides?” during the session “Why Values Clash: The Thucydidean Account”, Thinking Clearly in the Age of Fake News: Learning from Antiquity. Bowdoin College, April 16, 2019.

    “Classical Languages at the University of Iceland: Using of Original Texts with beginners”, Communicating Cultures and Languages: European-Chinese Perspectives and Experiences, Beijing Foreign Studies University, June 4, 2018.

    “Stjórnvitringurinn og löggjafinn” [The Statesman and the Lawgiver] during the session “Vitringar og andvitringar fornaldar” [Wise Men and Otherwise Men in Antiquity] at the University of Iceland Humanities conference, March 9, 2018.

    “Nec vitia nostra nec remedia pati possumus” during the session “Innan heims og handan: Guðdómur, dauði og réttlæti í fornöld” [Within and Beyond the World: Divinity, Death, and Justice in Antiquity] at the University of Iceland Humanities conference, March 11, 2017.

    “Siðfræði Evdemosar” [The Eudemian Ethics] during the session “Hugsað með Aristótelesi” [Thinking with Aristotle] at the University of Iceland Humanities conference, March 11, 2016.

    “Hýpatía frá Alexandríu” [Hypatia of Alexandria], in the Women in Philosophy lecture series, University of Iceland, April 10, 2014.

    “Ódysseifur og Ódysseifskviða” [Odysseus and the Odyssey], in Reykjavik Art Museum at Kjarvalsstaðir, November 27, 2011.

    “Hamingja, dygð og mannlegt eðli” [Happiness, virtue, and human nature]during the session “Ancient Philosophy” at the University of Iceland Humanities conference March 25, 2011.