Research Fellows

Börje Bydén

FNS Research Fellow

Börje Bydén is a classical scholar whose main interests lie in ancient philosophy and its reception, especially in Byzantium. He earned his PhD from the University of Gothenburg in 2003 (docent 2018). His published output includes a monograph and a couple of dozen articles on various aspects of Greek philosophy and intellectual history from antiquity to late Byzantium. He is also the co-editor of three multi-author volumes on ancient and medieval philosophy. His latest major work is a critical edition, with introduction and translation, of Theodore Metochites’ Paraphrase of Aristotle’s De anima, to be published by De Gruyter in the series Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca et Byzantina.


Select publications:

Forthcoming. “Aristotle’s Light Analogy in the Greek Tradition”, in The Aristotelian Tradition, vol. 3: Cognition and Conceptualization, ed. Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist and Juhana Toivanen (Leiden: Brill).

2019. ”The Byzantine Fortuna of Alexander of Aphrodisias’ Commentary on Aristotle’s De sensu et sensibilibus”, in Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik 68, 93–109.

2017a. ”Introduction: the study and reception of Aristotle’s Parva naturalia”, in Börje Bydén & Filip Radovic (eds), The Parva naturalia in Greek, Arabic and Latin Aristotelianism: Supplementing the Science of the Soul (Dordrecht: Springer Verlag), 1–50. ISBN 978-3-319-26903-0.

2017b. ”George Gemistos Plethon, On Aristotle’s Departures from Plato, 321.3–334.20: Text and Translation”, in Börje Bydén & Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist (eds), The Aristotelian Tradition: Aristotle’s Works on Logic and Metaphysics and Their Reception in the Middle Ages (Toronto: PIMS), 267–296. ISBN 978-0888448286.

2016. ”Platon i Byzans”, in Jakob Fink & Kristian Larsen (eds), Platon: Værk og virkning (Copenhagen: Gyldendal), 423–444. ISBN 9788702112559.

2014. ”Nikephoros Gregoras’ Commentary on Synesius, De insomniis”, in Donald A. Russell & Heinz-Günther Nesselrath (eds), On Prophecy, Dreams and Human Imagination: Synesius, De insomniis (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014), 163–188. ISBN 978-3161524196.

2013a. ”Photios and the Non-Synonymy of Substance: Amphilochia 138”, in Sten Ebbesen, John Marenbon & Paul Thom (eds), Aristotle’s Categories in the Byzantine, Arabic and Latin Traditions (Copenhagen: Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab, Scientia Danica, series H, Humanistica 8, vol. 5), 9–34. ISBN 9788773043721.

2013b. ” ‘No Prince of Perfection’: Byzantine Anti-Aristotelianism from the Patristic Period to Plethon”, in Dimiter Angelov & Michael Saxby (eds), Power and Subversion in Byzantium: Papers from the 43rd Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), 147–176. ISBN 9781472412287.

2012. ”A Case for Creationism: Christian Cosmology in the 5th and 6th Centuries”, in Börje Bydén & Katerina Ierodiakonou (eds), The Many Faces of Byzantine Philosophy, 79–107. Papers and Monographs from the Norwegian Institute at Athens 1. ISBN: 978-82-999128-1-5.

2005. ”Some Remarks on the Text of Aristotle’s Metaphysics”, Classical Quarterly 55: 105–120. ISSN 0009-8388.

2003. Theodore Metochites’ Stoicheiosis astronomike and the Study of Natural Philosophy and Mathematics in Early Palaiologan Byzantium. Studia Graeca et Latina Gotho­burgensia 66 (Göteborg: AUG). 547 ss. ISBN 9173464597.