Sonya Wurster

Humanities (Philosophy and Literature)



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Dr Sonya Wurster received her BA in Classics (Hons) (1st Class) (2000-2004), MA in Classical Studies (Hons) (1st Class) (2008), and PhD in Classics at the University of Melbourne (2013). Prior to join Yale-NUS College, she was a Lecturer in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne where she taught Ancient Greek philosophy, Roman cultural history, and Latin.

Dr Wurster specialises in Roman cultural history and Epicurean philosophy, with particular interest in the first-century-BCE Epicurean philosopher Philodemus of Gadara, whose philosophical works were found in Herculaneum at the Villa of the Papyri. She is interested in how Philodemus interacted with the Roman context in which he lived and wrote, and she examines the ways in which Philodemus adds to and adapts Epicurean doctrines for a Roman audience. Dr Wurster’s work is more broadly concerned with socio-cultural interactions between Greeks and Romans. Aside from exploring how the relationship between Greeks and Romans operated in the late republic, she has investigated the impact of Roman expansion on Strabo’s perception and presentation of geography in the Geographica.

Her monograph Reconstructing Philodemus: A Hellenistic Philosopher in the Roman World is forthcoming from Routledge.

Forthcoming monograph:
“Reconstructing Philodemus: A Hellenistic Philosopher in the Roman World,” Routledge. ISBN 978-1-4724-8543-4

Forthcoming chapter:
“Philodemus and the Location of Leisure,” in South Italy, Sicily and the Mediterranean: Cultural Interactions, ed. G. Shepherd, Paul Astroms Forlag, Sävedalen

“Theorising Roman Decline,” in Theorising Rome eds. R. Evans and S. Wurster, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne

Articles in Refereed Journals:
(2015) “Philodemus and Epicurean Philosophy: Changing Perceptions,” in Iris: Journal of the Classical Association of Victoria New Series 28, 13–28.

Unrefereed articles
(2014) “The Influence of Feminism on Ancient Language Pedagogy in Australia and New Zealand,” in Cloelia, n.s. 4, 21–22.
(2017) “The Leaking Pipeline: Women in Academia,” in Australian Women’s History Network (

Philosophy and Political Thought I
Literature and Humanities I