Sergio Yona

Assistant Professor of Classical Studies/Events Coordinator
310 Swallow Hall

PhD, University of Illinois (2014)

MA, Queen's University at Kingston (2009)

BA, Christendom College (2006)

Research Interests

Augustan Poetry, Roman Satire, Roman Epicureanism


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.  Currently he has finished a book that examines the influence of Philodemus of Gadara’s philosophical and ethical writings in Horatian satire.  While at Missouri, Sergio has been the proud recipient of the Wallach Fund and has benefited from the university's Summer Research Salary award.  This summer, he looks forward to beginning preparations for a second monograph and taking over as the book review editor for the Classical Journal.

Courses Taught

Readings in Latin Poetry

Readings in Latin Prose

Comdey, Humor and Wit in Latin Literature

Greek Classics in Translation 

Classical Mythology (WI)

Intermediate Latin

Intermediate Greek

Select Publications


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


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

“Some Epicurean Aspects of Horace’s Upbringing in Satires 1.4.” Classical Philology 110: 227-251

Book Reviews:

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


"A Manual for Flatterers, a Proof of Candor: Philodemus' On Flattery and Horace's Satires 2.5" (American Journal of Philology)

"An Epicurean Measure of Wealth: Horace, Satires 1.1" (Classical Antiquity)

In Preparation:

Epicurus in Rome (co-editor with Gregson Davis, to be submitted to Cambridge University Press)

Gods, Religion and Superstition in Roman Satire (in progress)

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