Ian C. Johnston

Ian C. Johnston (born September 27, 1938) is a retired university-college instructor and a professor emeritus at Vancouver Island University.[1]


Ian Johnston
BornIan C. Johnston
Valparaíso, Chile
OccupationProfessor (retired)

Personal life

He was born in Valparaíso, Chile, to Dorothy and Kenneth Johnston. He now lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife, Colleen Johnston.[2]


Johnston attended the University of Toronto Schools during his high school years. At the post-secondary level, he was educated at McGill University, Montreal (BSC in Geology and Chemistry 1959); at the University of Bristol (BA in English and Greek, 1968); and at the University of Toronto (MA in English, 1969).

He also holds certificates from Ontario College of Education, Heidelberg University, and the Jarvis School of Welding.

Teaching career

Johnston taught high-school physics and chemistry at Upper Canada College, Toronto (1959–60) and high-school biology, mathematics, and Latin at Port Perry High School, Port Perry, Ontario (1961-1963). From 1969-70 he taught undergraduate English courses at the University of British Columbia. After that he joined the faculty of the College of New Caledonia, Prince George, British Columbia, where he taught undergraduate English and Classics from 1970 to 1975. From 1975-2004 he taught at Malaspina College and Malaspina University-College, Nanaimo (now Vancouver Island University).

Publications and Other Work

Johnston is the author of The Ironies of War: An Introduction to Homer’s Iliad (University Press of America, 1987).[3] A versatile translator, he has translated classic works from Greek, Latin, German, and French. Several of these translated works have been published by Broadview Press, including his translation of Kafka's The Metamorphosis, and/or produced as audiobooks by Naxos Audio Books in the UK.

A number of his translations have also been issued in book form by Richer Resources Publications.[4] Johnston has posted over 75 essays and lectures on various literary topics on his website, as well as workbooks on essay writing, grammar, statistics, and the history of science.[5][6]

Broadview also published his Essays and Arguments: A Handbook for Writing Student Essays in 2015.

Translations by Ian Johnston

  • Aeschylus, Oresteia[7]
  • Aeschylus, Persians
  • Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound
  • Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes
  • Aeschylus, Suppliant Women
  • Aristophanes, Birds
  • Aristophanes, Clouds
  • Aristophanes, Frogs
  • Aristophanes, Knights
  • Aristophanes, Lysistrata
  • Aristophanes, Peace
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (Abridged)
  • Cuvier, On the Revolutionary Upheavals on the Surface of the Earth
  • Diderot, D’Alembert’s Dream
  • Diderot, Rameau’s Nephew
  • Descartes, Discourse on Method
  • Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
  • Euripides, Bacchae
  • Euripides, Electra
  • Euripides, Medea
  • Euripides, Orestes
  • Homer, Iliad (complete and abridged)
  • Homer, Odyssey (complete and abridged)
  • Kafka, Metamorphosis, Hunger Artist, In the Penal Colony, and Other Stories
  • Kant, On Perpetual Peace
  • Kant, Universal Natural History and Theory of the Heavens
  • Lamarck, Zoological Philosophy, Volume I
  • Lucretius, The Nature of Things
  • Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
  • Nietzsche, Birth of Tragedy
  • Nietzsche, Genealogy of Morals[8]
  • Nietzsche, On the Use and Abuse of History for Life[9]
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses
  • Rousseau, On the Sciences and the Arts
  • Rousseau, On the Origin of Inequality
  • Rousseau, Social Contract
  • Sophocles, Ajax
  • Sophocles, Antigone
  • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus
  • Sophocles, Oedipus the King
  • Sophocles, Philoctetes

All of Ian Johnston’s translations, lectures, reviews, and workbooks are available on his website johnstonia.


  1. Barbara, Clayton. "Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2010.02.11". bmcr.brynmawr.edu/. Bryn Mawr Classical Review. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  2. "Ian C. Johnston was born in Valparaiso". richerresourcespublications.com. Richer Resources Publications. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  3. "Homer The Iliad a new translation by Ian Johnston" (PDF). prokid.org/. Pro Kid. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  4. "Getting a New Read on Homer's Classics". NPR. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  5. "Ian C. Johnston". ojs.library.dal.ca. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  6. "Ian C. Johnston (Johnston, Ian C., 1938-)". onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  7. "Aeschylus ORESTEIA". records.viu.ca. Vancouver Island University (VIU). Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  8. "On The Genealogy Of Morals". Npr.org. NPR. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  9. "Friedrich Nietzsche On the Use and Abuse of History for Life [Revised Edition, 2010]". records.viu.ca. Vancouver Island University (VIU). Retrieved 14 July 2015.
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