Kate Meng Brassel

Visiting Assistant Professor

Claudia Cohen Hall

I received my Ph.D. in Classics from Columbia University in 2018 after receiving my M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge and M.A. from Princeton University. I am currently at work on a new monograph entitled Persius’ Autopsy: Examining the Satirical Corpus. This book offers a new interpretation of Persius’ Saturae and a new model for understanding how the satirist positioned himself within (and against) both Greek and Latin philosophical and literary cultures. Beyond its original scholarly contribution, Persius’ Autopsy will include new translations of the poems into English. I am pursuing parallel projects including the diatribes of Epictetus and ethics in Senecan tragedy, and preparing a chapter for an edited volume on Ancient Women Philosophers.

Before coming to UPenn, I taught as a Lecturer in the Core Curriculum and the Classics Department at Columbia and moonlighted in television production. I have taught both specialist and non-specialist courses, including Latin at all levels, myth, and classical reception in literature, television, and film. I am currently preparing a non-specialist publication on teaching and reading Ovid.

Research Interests: 

Neronian Literature: Persius, Lucan

Imperial Philosophy: Seneca, Epictetus

Classical Reception: Woolf, Morrison