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Philip Freeman Faculty Profile

Philip Freeman

Fletcher Jones Chair of Western Culture
Professor of Humanities
Humanities/Teacher Education Division, Seaver College
CAC 310


Dr. Freeman completed his undergraduate work in classics and humanities at the University of Texas and earned a joint PhD in classics and Celtic studies from Harvard University. Previously, he has taught at Boston University, Washington University, and Luther College. Dr. Freeman is the author of a number of books on ancient and medieval studies, including biographies of St. Patrick, Julius Caesar, and Sappho, as well as translations of the works of Cicero.


  • PhD, Harvard University, 1994


  • The Rule of Saint Benedict, 2020
  • How to Think About God by Marcus Cicero, 2019
  • How to Be a Friend by Marcus Cicero, 2018
  • Celtic Mythology, 2017
  • How to Grow Old by Marcus Cicero, 2016
  • Searching for Sappho, 2016
  • The World of Saint Patrick, 2014
  • How to Run a Country by Marcus Cicero, 2013
  • How to Win an Election by Quintus Cicero, 2012
  • Heroes of Olympus, 2012
  • Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths, 2012
  • Alexander the Great, 2011
  • Lecture Notes: A Professional's Inside Guide to College Success, 2010
  • A Transcription of the Latin Writings of St. Patrick from Seven Medieval Manuscripts, 2009
  • Julius Caesar, 2008
  • The Philosopher and the Druids: A Journey Among the Ancient Celts, 2006
  • Saint Patrick of Ireland, 2004
  • War, Women, and Druids: Eyewitness Reports and Early Accounts of the Ancient Celts, 2002
  • The Galatian Language, 2001
  • Ireland and the Classical World, 2001
  • Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship, 2010
  • American Academy of Religion Research Grant
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions Grant
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend
  • Friends of Princeton University Library Visiting Fellowship
  • Kemper Faculty Grant to Improve Learning
  • Lilly Foundation Teaching Fellowship
  • American Philosophical Society Research Grant


  • Celtic studies
  • Classics