Geoffrey Benson

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Geoffrey Benson

Associate Professor of the Classics

Department/Office Information

114A Lawrence Hall
  • AB, Princeton University, 2006
  • MA (2008), PhD (2013), University of Chicago
  • Ancient Greek and Latin Language and Literature
  • Apuleius’ Golden Ass and the Ancient Novels
  • Religion and Philosophy in the Roman Empire
  • Literary aspects of scientific texts from the ancient world


Apuleius' Invisible Ass: Encounters with the Unseen in the Metamorphoses

Articles and Chapters

  • “Archimedes the Poet: Generic Innovation and Mathematical Fantasy in the Cattle Problem.” Arethusa 47.2 (2014): 169-196.  DOI:
  • “Seeing Demons: Autopsy in Maximus of Tyre’s Oration 9 and its Absence in Apuleius’ On the God of Socrates.” Ramus 45.1 (2016): 102-131.  DOI:
  • Cupid and Psyche and the Illumination of the Unseen.” In E. Cueva, G. Schmeling, P. James, K. Ní Mheallaigh, S. Panayotakis, and N. Scippacercola (eds.), Re-Wiring the Ancient Novel, Volume 2: Roman Novels and Other Important Texts, Ancient Narrative Supplement 24.2. Groningen: Barkhuis & Groningen University Library, 2018. 85-115.  DOI:
  • “Psyche the Psychotic: Cupid and Psyche in Dr. Franz Riklin’s Wishfulfilment and Symbolism in Fairytales.”  In Regine May and Stephen Harrison, eds., Cupid and Psyche: The Reception of Apuleius’ Love Story since 1600, Trends in Classics – Pathways of Reception, Vol. 1, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020.  273-288.  DOI:


  • John J. Winkler Prize (Honorable Mention)
  • Century Fellowship (University of Chicago)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (Princeton)
  • Stinnecke Prize (Princeton)