- Ancient Greek Rhetoric and Law
- The School of Aristotle
- NOMOI A bibliographical web site for the study of ancient Greek law
- A New Radermacher A website for the study of early Greek rhetoric and rhetoricians
- PhD, Classics, Rutgers University
- MA, Classics, University of British Columbia
- BA, Classics, University of British Columbia
My research spans several related fields: Greek rhetoric, law, and the school of Aristotle. It began with a dissertation on the political and legal writings of Aristotle's student Theophrastus. In order to get a background for that I looked at Aristotle's approach to legal argumentation in his Rhetoric, which led to articles on the parallel accounts of argumentation on documentary forms of evidence in the Rhetoric, its contemporary, the Rhetoric to Alexander, and in the Athenian orators, the speeches of one of whom, Isocrates, I translated. I have also continued my interests in the parallels between the Rhetoric and the Rhetoric to Alexander , which led to a Loeb translation of the latter, and in other students of Aristotle, the Peripatetics, including Dicaearchus, Hieronymus, Phaenias, Clearchus, and now Critolaus.
Tragedy, Mythology, and Rhetoric
Future courses may be subject to change.
- Advisory committee member, SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies
- Member, Classical Association of Canada
- Vice President (2019-22), International Society for the History of Rhetoric
- Co-editor, Nomoi: Bibliography on Ancient Greek Law
- Editorial Board, Polis, The Journal of the Society for Greek Political Thought
- Editor, Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities
- Research Ambassador, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD.org)
- Phaenias of Eresus: Text, Translation, and Discussion, Oliver Hellmann and David Mirhady (eds), Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities (RUSCH), Volume 19, 2015.
- Praxiphanes of Mytilene and Chamaeleon of Heraclea. Text, Translation, and Discussion. Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities (RUSCH), Volume 18. Co-authored with Elisabetta Matelli and Andrea Martano. New Brunswick, NJ. 2012.
- A New Working Bibliography of Ancient Greek Law (7th-4th centuries BC), by Mark Sundahl, David Mirhady, and Ilias Arnaoutoglou. Academy of Athens. Yearbook of the Research Centre for the History of Greek Law. Volume 42, Supplement XI. Athens, 2011.
- Aristotle 16, Problems, Books 20-38. Edited and Translated by Robert Mayhew, The Rhetoric to Alexander. Edited and Translated by David C. Mirhady. Loeb Classical Library volume 317. Cambridge, MA. 2011.
- Influences on Peripatetic Rhetoric. Essays in Honor of William W. Fortenbaugh. Edited by David C. Mirhady. (Philosophia Antiqua 105) Leiden: Brill 2007. x, 286 pp. ISBN 978 9004156 68 5.
- The Oratory of Classical Greece. Translated with Notes. Volume 4.1: Isocrates 1. Translated by David Mirhady and Yun Lee Too. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2000.
- Peripatetic Rhetoric After Aristotle. Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities, vol. 6. W. W. Fortenbaugh and D. C. Mirhady, eds. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 1994.
- Theophrastus of Eresus. Sources for His Life, Thought, Writings and Influence. Two Volumes. W. Fortenbaugh, P. Huby, R. Sharples, D. Gutas, et al., eds. Leiden: Brill, 1992.
- "Arguments," in A Cultural History of Law in Antiquity, 2019, ed. by Julen Euxtabe, Bloomsbury, ch. 5, pp. 91-107, 167-68.
- "Ethos in On the Crown," in Demosthenes' "On the Crown": Rhetorical Perspectives, 2nd edition, edited by James J. Murphy, Southern Illinois University Press, 2016, pp. 114-29.
- "Problemata 29 and Athenian Law," in The Aristotelian Problemata: Philosophical & Scientific Investigations, edited by Robert Mayhew. Leiden: Brill. 2015. Pp. 337-356.
- with Domingo Aviles, "Law Courts", in A Companion to Ancient Greek Government, ed. by H. Beck, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, pp. 205-218.
- "Something to do with Dionysus: Chamaeleon on the Origins of Tragedy" in Praxiphanes of Mytilene and Chamaeleon of Heraclea. Text, Translation, and Discussion, (above)
- "Is the Wasps Anger Democratic?" in The Play of Texts and Fragments. Essays in Honour of Martin Cropp.
- Edited by J. R. C. Cousland and J. R. Hume. Leiden 2009. Pp. 371-87.
- "Draconian Procedure" in Epigraphy and the Greek Historian, Ed. by Craig Cooper. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008. Pp. 15-30.
- "Introduction," in Influences on Peripatetic Rhetoric, above, pp. 1-18.
- "Aristotle's Enthymeme, Thymos, and Plato" in Influences on Peripatetic Rhetoric, above, pp. 53-64.
- "The Dikasts' Oath and the Question of Fact," in Horkos: The Oath in Greek Society, edited by Alan Sommerstein and Judith Fletcher. Exeter, 2007. Pp. 48-59, 228-233.
- "Response to Adele Scafuro" in Symposion 2001, edited by Robert W. Wallace and Michael Gagarin, Vienna, 2005, pp. 71-7.
- "Hieronymus on Isocrates' Style" in Lyco of Troas and Hieronymus of Rhodes: Text, Translation, and Discussion, ed. W.W. Fortenbaugh and S.A. White (Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities vol. 12) New Brunswick, NJ, 2004, pp. 443-456.
- "Contracts in Athens", in Law, Rhetoric and Comedy in Classical Athens. Essays in Honour of Douglas M. MacDowell. C. Carey, D.L. Cairns, and R.A. Knox (eds.)(Classical Press of Wales, 2004). pp. 51-63.
- "Politics, Law and the Military" in Classical Greek Civilization (800-323 BCE). World Eras, volume 2. J. Kirby, ed. (Detroit: Gale Research, 2000) Pp. 161-205.
- "Dicaearchus of Messana: A New Edition of the Texts with an English Translation," in Dicaearchus of Messana. Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities, vol. 10. E. Schütrumpf, ed. (New Brunswick: Transaction Press, 2001.) Pp. 1-135.
- "Demosthenes as Advocate: The Private Speeches," in Demosthenes: Statesman and Orator. I. Worthington, ed. Routledge, 2000, pp. 181-204.
- "The Athenian Rationale for Torture," in Law and Social Status in Classical Athens, J. Edmondson and V. Hunter, eds., (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), pp. 53-74.
- "Plutarch's Use of Theophrastus' Pros tous kairous," in Teoria e Prassi Politica nelle Opere di Plutarco. Italo Gallo, ed. (Naples: M. D'Auria 1995) pp. 269-73.
- "Aristotle, the Rhetorica ad Alexandrum and the tria genera causarum," in Peripatetic Rhetoric After Aristotle. (see above) pp. 54-65.
- "Isocrates and Logography", in The Continuum Companion to Plato, ed. by Gerald A. Press, London: pp. 16-17.
- "Oaths: Ancient Athens" in Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History, Ed. Stanley Katz, Oxford University Press. 2009. Vol. 4, pp. 241-2.
- "Religion and Law: Ancient Greece" in Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal Historyy, Ed. Stanley Katz, Oxford University Press. 2009. Vol. 5, pp. 110-113.
- "Witnesses: Ancient Greece" in Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History, Ed. Stanley Katz, Oxford University Press. 2009. Vol. 6, pp. 110-111.
- "Theft: Ancient Greek Law" in Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History, Ed. Stanley Katz, Oxford University Press. 2009. Vol. 5, pp. 456-7.
- "Inheritance, Greek," in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Greece and Rome. Ed. by M. Gagarin, 2009 Vol. 4, pp. 69-71.
- "Marriage and Divorce: Greek Marriage," in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Greece and Rome, Ed. by M. Gagarin, 2009. Vol. 4, pp. 350-353.
- "Demosthenes," in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Greece and Rome, Ed. by M. Gagarin, 2009. Vol. 2, pp. 403-7.
- "Dicaearchus" in The Literary Encyclopedia, 2 December 2008: http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=11979
- "WYSE, William (1860-1929)" Dictionary of British Classicists, Robert B. Todd, General Editor (Bristol : Thoemmes Continuum, c2004) Vol. 3, pp. 1082-1083.
- "HEADLAM-MORLEY, Sir James Wycliffe (1863-1929)" Dictionary of British Classicists, Robert B. Todd, General Editor (Bristol : Thoemmes Continuum, c2004) Vol. 1, pp. 440-441.
- "NEWMAN, William Lambert (1834-1923)" Dictionary of British Classicists, Robert B. Todd, General Editor (Bristol : Thoemmes Continuum, c2004) Vol. 2, pp. 712-713.
- "BARKER, Ernest (1874-1960)", Dictionary of British Classicists, Robert B. Todd, General Editor (Bristol : Thoemmes Continuum, c2004) Vol. 1, pp. 49-50.
- "Peitho," Historisches Wörterbuch der Rhetorik, Band 6, pp. 741-745.
- "Ancient Athens," in Legal Systems of the World: A Political, Social, and Cultural Encyclopedia. H. Kritzer, ed. Volume 1, pp. 44-47
- "A Thankless People (Hdt. 5.91.2)," Mouseion, Series III, Vol. 16 Supplement 3 (2019) 351–365.
- "Urbane Expressions in Aristotle and Anaximenes," Papers on Rhetoric XIII 2016 257-88.
- "Knowing the Law and Deciding Justice: Lay Expertise in the Democratic Athenian Courts." Comparative Legal History 2015: 230-43.
- and Carl Schwarz, "Dikastic Participation" Classical Quarterly 61 (2011) 753-757.
- "Aristotle and Anaximenes on Arrangement," Rhetorica 29 (2011) 293-304.
- "The Disappearance and Reappearance of Exetasis", Mouseion 8 (2008) 395-408.
- "Aristotle and the Law Courts," Polis 23.2 (2006): 302-318.
- "Forensic Evidence in Euripides' Hippolytus," Mouseion 4 (2004) 17-34.
- "Athens' Democratic Witnesses", Phoenix 56 (2002) 255-74.
- "Classical Responses on Trauma, and Poiesis," West Coast Line 37 (2003) 67-73.
- "The Ritual Background of Athenian Ostracism," The Ancient History Bulletin 11 (1997) 13-19.
- "Torture and Rhetoric in Athens," The Journal of Hellenic Studies 116 (1996) 119-131.
- "A Note on Aristotle, Rhetoric 1.3 1358b5-6," Philosophy and Rhetoric 28 (1995) 405-9.
- "Torture in Athenian Litigation," Proceedings of the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric 5 (1993-4) 1-10.
- "The Great Fuss over Philebus 15b," Apeiron 25 (1992) 171-7.
- "The Oath-Challenge in Athens," Classical Quarterly 41 (1991) 78-83.
- "Non-Technical pisteis in Aristotle and Anaximenes," American Journal of Philology 112 (1991) 5-28.
- "Aristotle on the Rhetoric of Law," Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 31 (1990) 393-410.
- David Lloyd Dusenbury, Platonic Legislations. An Essay on Legal Critique in Ancient Greece. Springer, 2017. for Polis 35.1 (2019) 181-2.
- Adriaan Lanni, Law and Order in Ancient Athens, Cambridge 2016, in Polis 35 (2018) 316-18,
- Topos: Les premières méthodes d'argumentation dans la rhétorique grecque des ve-ive siècles, by Camille Rambourg, Vrin (Paris) 2014, in Mouseion 15.1 (2018) 161-62.
- Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece. Alan H. Sommerstein and Isabelle C. Torrance (eds), for Anzeiger für die Altertumswissenschaft 67 (2014) 3/4: 227-33.
- Brenda Griffith-Williams, A Commentary on Selected Speeches of Isaios. Leiden: Brill, 2013, for Ancient History Bulletin 4 (2014) 104-6.
- The Documents in the Attic Orators: Laws and Decrees in the Public Speeches of the Demosthenic Corpus. Mirko Canevaro. OUP, 2013. for Phoenix 68 (2014) 177-79.
- The Documents in the Attic Orators: Laws and Decrees in the Public Speeches of the Demosthenic Corpus, by Mirko Canevaro, in Phoenix 68 (2014), pp. 177-179.
- E. M. Harris, D. Leao, P. J. Rhodes (eds). Law and Drama in Ancient Greece. London: Duckworth 2010. Hermathena 190 (2011) 130-132. (appeared in 2014)
- WRITING GREEK LAW. By Michael Gagarin, Cambridge 2008. Phoenix 65 (2011) (appeared in 2012) 166-168.
- Gabriel Herman, Morality and Behaviour in Democratic Athens: A Social History. Cambridge University Press, 2006. in Ancient History Bulletin 2009: 124-6.
- S. Forsdyke, Exile, Ostracism, and Democracy: The Politics of Expulsion in Ancient Greece, in Classical Philology 102 no.4 (2007), 403-8.
- THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO ANCIENT GREEK LAW, edited by MICHAEL GAGARIN and DAVID COHEN (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005), and LAW AND JUSTICE IN THE COURTS OF CLASSICAL ATHENS, by ADRIAAN LANNI (New York: Cambridge University Press. 2006), Phoenix 62: 207-9.
- Joseph A. Almeida, Justice as an Aspect of the Polis Idea in Solon's Political Poems: A Reading of the Fragments in Light of the Researches of New Classical Archaeology (Leiden: Brill 2003) for Polis, 22 (2005) 177-9.
- Demosthenes. On the Crown. Edited by H. Yunis. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics). 2001. Pp. xii, 314, Phoenix 58 (2004) 156-7.
- R. Mariss: Alkidamas: Über diejenigen, die schriftliche Reden schreiben, oder Über die Sophisten. Einen Sophistenrede aus dem 4. jahrhundert v. Chr. Eingeleitet und kommentiert. in Classical Review 54 (2004) 331-3.
- D. Whitehead, Hypereides. The Forensic Speeches. in The Classical Bulletin 80 (2004) 331-34.
- N. Livingstone, A Commentary on Isocrates' Busiris (Leiden: Brill, 2001) for Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2004.09.37. http://ccat/sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/2004/2004-09-37.html
- Barbara Koziak, Retrieving Political Emotion. Thumos, Aristotle, and Gender, for Ancient Philosophy 22 (2002) 440-2.
- Marion Findlay, Roman Religion, for Scholia Reviews ns 11 (2002) 24.
- E. Schiappa, The Beginnings of Rhetorical Theory in Classical Greece, for Phoenix 55 (2001) 173-5.
- Danielle S. Allen, The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens, for Polis 18 (2001) 161-4.
- Aristotle, Politics, Books V and VI. Translated with a commentary by D. Keyt, for Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 4.17 (2000).
- R. Wardy, The Birth of Rhetoric: Gorgias, Plato and their Successors, for Classical Views/Echos du monde classique 44 (2000) 409-11.
- M. R. Christ, The Litigious Athenian, in Classical World 93 (2000) 641.
- I. Rutherford, Canons of Style in the Antonine Age, in Religious Studies Review 25 (1999) 417.
- I. Arnaoutoglou, Ancient Greek Laws: A Sourcebook, in The American Journal of Legal History 42 (1998) 308-9.
- J. Yatromanolaki, Sympheron, Dikaion and Nomoi in Deliberative Rhetoric, in Phoenix 52 (1998) 157-9.
- A. Tulin, Dike Phonou: The Right of Prosecution and Attic Homicide Procedure, in American Journal of Philology 119 (1998) 639-642.
- P. Garnsey, Ideas of Slavery from Aristotle to Augustine, in Classical World 91 (1998) 434-5.
- L. Foxhall and A. D. E. Lewis, eds., Greek Law in its Political Setting. Justifications not Justice, in Classical World 91 (1998) 419-20.
- A. Rorty, ed., Essays on Aristotle's Rhetoric, in Classical World 91 (1998) 289-90.
- M. Gagarin, ed., Antiphon. The Speeches, in Religious Studies Review 24 (1998) 69.
- J. Kastely, Rethinking the Rhetorical Tradition: From Plato to Post-Modernism, in Religious Studies Review 24 (1998) 176.
- K. Eden, Hermeneutics and the Rhetorical Tradition, in Religious Studies Review 24 (1998) 195.
- Aeschinis orationes. Ed. M. Dilts, in Religious Studies Review 24 (1998) 189.
- A. Scarfuro & A. Boegehold, eds., Athenian Identity and Civic Ideology, and R. Osborne & S. Hornblower, eds., Ritual, Finance, Politics: Athenian Democratic Accounts Presented to David Lewis, joint review in Classical World 90 (1997) 382-3.
- C. Lévy and L. Pernot, eds. Dire l'évidence. (Philosophie et rhétorique antiques), in Phoenix 51 (1997) 432-5.
- R. Sealey, The Justice of the Greeks, in Classical Views/Echos du monde classique 40 (1996) 325-8.
- M. Lang, Life, Death and Litigation in the Athenian Agora, in Classical World 89 (1996) 509.
- D.J. Furley and A. Nehamas, eds., Aristotle's Rhetoric: Philosophical Essays, in Philosophy and Rhetoric 29 (1996) 441-4.
- E. Garver, Aristotle's Rhetoric: An Art of Character, in Phoenix 50 (1996) 179-80.
- E. Cohen, Athenian Economy and Society. A Banking Perspective, in Classical World 88 (1995) 123.
- J. Swanson, The Public and the Private in Aristotle's Political Philosophy, in Classical World 87 (1994) 333.
- H.-G. Gadamer, Plato's Dialectical Ethics, in Classical World 86 (1993) 256-7.
- R. Just, Women in Athenian Law and Life, in Classical World 86 (1993) 146.
Republication in an Anthology
- "Torture and Rhetoric in Athens," in Oxford Readings in the Attic Orators, edited by E. Carawan. Oxford 2007, pp. 247-68.
Translation of a Scholarly Work
- H. Meyer-Laurin, "Law and Equity in the Attic Trial" (Gesetz und Billigkeit im attischen Prozess) in Oxford Readings in the Attic Orators, edited by E. Carawan. Oxford 2007, pp. 116-39.