Department of Greek & Latin


Caterina Pellò

Associate Lecturer (Teaching)

Caterina Pello

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Research Interests

Greek and Roman philosophy; Presocratics; Greek medicine and biology; Ancient women philosophers.


I am an Associate Lecturer (Teaching) in the Department of Greek and Latin at UCL. I teach Ancient Philosophy (The Dialogue of Plato; Stoics, Epicurean, and Sceptics), Latin for Beginners, Intermediate Latin, and Advanced Greek (Medea).

I studied Philosophy in Milan and Durham and I completed my PhD in Classics at the University of Cambridge. I was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Humboldt University Berlin, a Bye Fellow, Teaching Associate, and Director of Studies at Downing College and St Johns College Cambridge, and an Associate Lecturer in St Andrews. I have been a Visiting Researcher at the Foundation Hardt in Geneva, the University of Notre Dame, and the Harvard Centre of Hellenic Studies. 

My primary research areas are Presocratic philosophy and the study of women in the history of philosophy. My PhD thesis, which I am currently developing for publication, focuses on the Pythagorean women. My current project focuses on early Greek philosophy of life and death. I am especially interested in the Presocratic theories of the beginning of life and living things, the interactions between ancient Greek philosophy and medicine, and the resonance of Greek biology in contemporary ethics of life. Together with Katharine O’Reilly (Ryerson University), I am also co-editing a book titled Ancient Women Philosophers: Recovered Ideas and New Perspectives, which focuses on women’s contributions to the history of Greek, Roman, Indian, and Chinese philosophy, and will be published by Cambridge University Press.


Pellò, C., ‘Phintys of Sparta and the Other Pythagoreans: Female Voices on Women’s Virtues.’ In R. Hagengruber and S. Hutton (eds.), Teaching Women Philosophers. Forthcoming.

De Cesaris, G., and Pellò, C., ‘Perictione, Mother of Metaphysics.’ In K. O’Reilly and C. Pellò (eds.), Ancient Women Philosophers. Forthcoming.

Augustine, M., and Pellò, C., ‘Life and Lifeforms in Early Greek Atomism.’ Apeiron (2021), pp. 1-25.

Pellò, C., ‘Donne filosofe nell’antichità: Considerazioni metodologiche.’ [Women philosophers in the Ancient World: Key Findings and Methodological Considerations]. In M. Bonelli (ed.), Filosofe, Maestre e Imperatrici (Roma 2020), pp. 55-78.

Pellò, C., ‘Phintys the Pythagorean: A Philosophical Approach.’ Philosophia, Vol. 49, No. 2 (2020), pp. 11-32.

Pellò, C., ‘The Lives of Pythagoras: A Proposal for Reading Pythagorean Metempsychosis.’ Rhizomata, Vol. 6, No. 2 (2018), pp. 135-156.