Julia Simons

Julia received a Bachelor of Arts with a triple major in Classics, Latin and Greek and a first class BA Honours degree in Greek from Victoria University of Wellington, NZ. In 2013 she received a Victoria Master’s by Thesis Scholarship, and her thesis ‘The Psychopathology of Desire in the Argonautika’ examined the symptomology of love in the Argonautica and evaluated allusions to contemporary philosophical theories and medical discoveries of body and mind. In June 2015 she attended the Summer School in Osteoarchaeology and Paleopathology at the University of Pisa. From 2014 to 2016 she was also a Latin Teaching Fellow at Victoria University. She entered the PhD program at Penn in 2016.

Julia’s main research interests are ancient medicine, pharmacology, philosophy, psychology and literature. She has researched human dissection, ancient concepts of (especially female) anatomy, and altered states of mind. She is fascinated by how, we as humans, construct and convey the concepts of our own existence and functioning through explorations of the human body and mind in an attempt to understand and explain the world. While at Penn she will also be pursuing studies in Physical Anthropology and Paleopathology and plans to continue researching ancient perspectives of bodies, corpses and bones.