Kyle Fraser

Associate Professor of Humanities

Kyle Fraser Kyle Fraser

BA (Vind), MA (Dal), MPhil, PhD (Cantab)

Kyle Fraser is an associate professor in the Foundation Year and History of Science and Technology Programmes. He is a former director of Foundation Year and has served for a number of years as the coordinator of the ancient section of the programme. He also teaches courses on the history of magic, alchemy and esotericism in the History of Science and Early Modern Studies Programmes. Dr. Fraser is a King’s College alumnus, having graduated with a BA in 1993. He went on to receive his PhD in classics (ancient philosophy) from Cambridge in 2000, after earning an MA from the classics department at Dalhousie University. He initially came to King’s in 1998 as a teaching fellow in the Foundation Year Programme. Dr. Fraser is also appointed as adjunct professor in the Dalhousie department of classics.

Selected Recent Publications


  • “Distilling Nature’s Secrets: The Sacred Art of Alchemy.” The Oxford Handbook of Science and Medicine in the Classical World. Ed. Paul Keyser & John Scarborough. Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2017).
  • “Alchemy: Reflections on the Sacred Art in a Secular Age,” The Alpine Review, Issue 3 (2016).
  • “Magic in Roman Antiquity: The Imperial Period.” The Cambridge History of Magic and Witchcraft in the West. Ed. David Collins. Cambridge University Press (2015)
  • “Alchemy,” in M. Gagarin (ed), Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome Oxford University Press (2010)
  • “The Contested Boundaries of Magic and Religion in Late Pagan Monotheism,” Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft vol. 4.2. (2009)
  • “Baptised in Gnōsis: The Spiritual Alchemy of Zosimos of Panopolis,” Dionysius  vol. 25 (2007).
  • “Zosimos of Panopolis and the Book of Enoch: Alchemy as Forbidden Knowledge,” Aries: Journal  for the Study of Western Esotericism vol. 4.2. (2004) 125-147.
  • “Seriality and Demonstration in Aristotle’s Ontology,”Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy XXV  (Winter 2003): 131-158.
  •  “Aristoteles ex Aristotele: A Response to the Analytic Reconstruction of Aristotelian Ontology,” Dionysius XX (December 2002): 51-70.
  •  “Demonstrative Science and the Science of Being quaBeing,” Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy XXII (Summer 2002): 43-82.
  • “Aristotle on the Separation of Species-Form,” Animus 4 1999 (online


  • Christopher Shields, Aristotle (Routledge, 2007) The Classical Review 58, no.2 (2008)
  • Peter Marshall, The Theatre of the World: Alchemy, Astrology and Magic in Renaissance Prague. (McClelland & Stewart, 2006), in The Dalhousie Review 87.2 (Summer 2007)
  • David Charles, Aristotle on Meaning and Essence (Oxford University Press, 2000), in Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review XLIII no.1 (Winter 2004)