Palazzo Francica Nava

Heather Reid

Scholar in Residence

Professor of Philosophy and passionate sportswoman, Heather has a great love for Siracusa, the land of Aretusa.


Heather L. Reid is Professor of Philosophy at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa USA and Scholar in Residence at Exedra Mediterranean Center in Siracusa, Sicily. She is a 2015 Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, 2018 Fellow of Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies, and 2019 Fulbright Scholar at the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II. As founder of Fonte Aretusa, she promotes conferences and research on Western Greece. She has also published books and articles in ancient philosophy, philosophy of sport, and Olympic Studies, including Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport (2012), Athletics and Philosophy in the Ancient World (2011), and The Philosophical Athlete (2002, 2nd ed. 2019). 


  • Professor of Philosophy, Morningside College, Sioux City,
  • University of Virginia


  • Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport
  • Athletics and Philosophy in the Ancient World: Contests of Virtue
  • Aretism:An Ancient Sports Philosophy for the Modern Sports World
  • Filosofia dello Sport (in Italian)
  • The Philosophical Athlete
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