Sergio Yona
Assistant Professor of Classical Studies
310 Swallow Hall

Sergio Yona received a BA in Classical and Early Christian Studies from Christendom College, an MA in Classics from Queen’s University (Kingston, ON) and his PhD in Classics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His research involves the interdisciplinary study of life in ancient Rome, especially with regard to the interaction between Greek philosophy and Latin culture.  More specifically, his research looks at the role of contemporary Epicureanism in the Satires of Horace.  He published a book in 2018, entitled Epicurean Ethics in Horace: The Psychology of Satire, that examines the influence of Philodemus of Gadara’s philosophical and ethical writings in Horatian satire.  He is currently working on an edited volume, entitled Epicurus in Rome: Philosophical Perspectives in the Ciceronian Age, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press.  At the same time, he is working on a second monograph currently under contract with Oxford University Press and entitled Noctes cenaeque deum: Religion and Superstition in Early Vergil and Horace.

  • PhD, University of Illinois (2014)
  • MA, Queen's University at Kingston (2009)
  • BA, Christendom College (2006)

Augustan Poetry, Roman Satire, Roman Epicureanism

  • The Classical Tradition
  • Readings in Latin Poetry
  • Readings in Latin Prose
  • Comedy, Humor and Wit in Latin Literature
  • Greek Classics in Translation 
  • Classical Mythology (WI)
Select Publications


Noctes cenaeque deum: Religion and Superstition in Early Vergil and Horace (Forthcoming, Oxford University Press)

Epicurus in Rome (Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press)

Epicurean Ethics in Horace: The Psychology of Satire. Oxford.

Recent Articles:

“An Epicurean ‘Measure of Wealth’ in Horace, Satires 1.1” Classical Antiquity 37: 351-378 

“A Manual for Flatterers, a Proof of Candor: Philodemus’ On Flattery and Horace’s Satires 2.5.” American Journal of Philology 139: 605-640 

“Ofellus, Horace and Philodemus of Gadara in Satires 2.2.” Mnemosyne: 1-18

Book Reviews:

Review of: Leedert Weeda: Horace's Sermones Book : Credentials for Maecenas (Forthcoming in Gnomon)

Review of: G. B. Cobbold, Lucretius: The Nature of the Universe. Bolchazy-Carducci. Classical Journal

Review of Dino De Sanctis, Emidio Spinelli, Mauro Tulli, Francesco Verde (eds.), Questioni epicuree.

Review of: Yasuko Taoka, Lectiones memorabiles, volume II: selections from Horace, Lucretius, Seneca, Suetonius, and Tacitus.  Bolchazy-Carducci. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2016.5.19

In Progress:

“A Recipe for Disaster: Horace, Satires 2.4 and 2.8” (book chapter under review)

“Unwalled City: The Herdsmen’s Plight in Eclogues 1” (article under review)

Memento mori and Eclogues 9” (article under review)

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