Stephen Halliwell is Professor of Greek and Wardlaw Professor of Classics at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He is a Fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, has taught in the universities of Oxford, London, Cambridge, and Birmingham, and has held visiting professorships in Belgium, Canada, Italy, and the USA. His extensive interests in Greek literature, philosophy, and culture stretch all the way from Homer to the literature (both pagan and Christian) of the Roman empire. His publications include two prize-winning books: Greek Laughter: A Study of Cultural Psychology from Homer to Early Christianity (Criticos Prize 2008), and The Aesthetics of Mimesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Problems (Premio Europeo d'Estetica, 2008). Among his other books are a monograph on Aristotle's Poetics (1986, 1998), the Loeb Library translation of Aristotle's Poetics (1995), commentaries on books 5 and 10 of Plato's Republic (1988, 1993), Between Ecstasy and Truth: Interpretations of Greek Poetics from Homer to Longinus (2011), and two volumes of verse translations of the plays of Aristophanes for the Oxford World's Classics series (Birds and Other Plays, 1997, and Clouds, Women at the Thesmophoria, Frogs, 2015, to appear in World's Classics in 2016). He has given over 200 invited research lectures in some twenty countries.