Classical & Archaeological Studies

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Dr Kelli Rudolph

Lecturer in Classics and Philosophy


Office: Cornwallis North West 224

Office Hours: On maternity leave


Dr. Rudolph studied Classics at Princeton (AB 2002) and Cambridge (MPhil 2003). After a year at Columbia University, she returned to Cambridge where she completed a PhD on ancient atomism (2009). Before joining the Classical and Archaeological Studies Department at Kent, Dr. Rudolph was an Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University and concurrently held a post-doctoral research fellowship at Oxford University.

Dr. Rudolph has broad interests in the ancient intellectual tradition. She specialises in the study of ancient philosophy and science, especially issues related to ancient physics and epistemology. She welcomes enquiries from students wishing to pursue research in these areas. 

Her work on ancient theories of perception inaugurated a broader interest in ancient sensory studies. Her contributions to the Senses in Antiquity Series (Routledge), explore the way ancient thinkers develop theoretical approaches to the senses, particularly those of sight and taste. Her recently published edited volume, Taste and the Ancient Senses (Routledge 2018), is the first of its kind to explore the ancient sense of taste. Her research investigates the cultural and intellectual development of attitudes and theories about the senses. Dr. Rudolph is currently working on the development of Presocratic sensory theory, and its "afterlife" in the Hellenistic philosophy.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Edited book
Rudolph, K. ed. (2017). Taste and the Ancient Senses. Routledge.
Rudolph, K. (2012). Democritus' Ophthalmology. Classical Quarterly (New Series) [Online] 62:496-501. Available at:
Rudolph, K. (2011). Democritus' Perspectival Theory of Vision. Journal of Hellenic Studies [Online] 131:67-83. Available at:
Book section
Rudolph, K. (2017). Tastes of Reality: Epistemology and the Senses in Ancient Philosophy. in: Rudolph, K. ed. Taste and the Ancient Senses. Routledge. Available at:
Rudolph, K. (2015). Sight and the Presocratics: Approaches to Visual Perception in Early Greek Philosophy. in: Squire, M. ed. Sight and the Ancient Senses. Routledge, pp. 36-53. Available at:
Rudolph, K. (2014). Review of Francesco Montarese, 'Lucretius and His Sources: A Study of Lucretius, De rerum natura 1.635-920'. Classical Review 65:114-116.
Rudolph, K. (2011). Review of W. Leszl, 'I primi atomisti: raccolta di testi che riguardano Leucippo e Democrito'. Journal of Hellenic Studies [Online] 131:264-265. Available at:
Rudolph, K. (2011). The Texts of Early Greek Philosophy: The Complete Fragments and Selected Testimonies of the Major Presocratics, vol. 1 & 2. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 11.38:1-2.
Total publications in KAR: 8 [See all in KAR]
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Dr. Rudolph has extensive experience teaching modules on ancient philosophy, Greek and Latin at all levels, and more general classics modules, with a special focus on Greek and Hellenistic literature and history.

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Classical & Archaeological Studies, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 827159 or contact Classical & Archaeological Studies

Last Updated: 28/06/2018