I received my PhD in Literary Studies from KU Leuven in 2013 with a dissertation on Plutarch’s Quaestiones Naturales.
As a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), I published on the broader genre of natural-medical problems after the model of the Aristotelian Natural Problems, with specific attention to aspects of scientific continuity, ingenuity, innovation and their conceptual interplay. As part of this project I took up research stays at the Humboldt University in Berlin and at the Hardt Foundation in Geneva.
My project at King’s, funded by the British Academy, centres on the circulation of the Aristotelian Problems in the Greco-Roman Empire. Its aim is to open up new horizons for scholarship on a methodological level by repositioning authors and readers in the history of ancient scientific literature. I also received a fellowship from the Center for Hellenic Studies (Harvard) for the 2016-17 academic year to work out part of this project.
Research interests and PhD supervision
My research interests are situated at the junction of ancient science and medicine and the literature and culture of the Greco-Roman Empire. I would be most delighted to mentor anyone interested in conducting research in these fields.
- Literature and thought of the Greco-Roman Empire (esp. Plutarch)
- Ancient science and philosophy
- Ancient medicine
Ancient Greek language (grammar), literature (Plutarch) and philosophy (Aristotle). At King's I teach a module on "Power and Knowledge: Scientific Literature in the Roman Empire" (7AACM322).
Expertise and public engagement
Professional assistance in dyLEGRam project at KU Leuven (Dynamic Learning & reading GRAMmar of Ancient Greek)
Ancient Science Today
M. Meeusen – F. Pontani (2018): Plutarque, Questions naturelles. Paris, Les Belles Lettres (Collection des universités de France, Série grecque – Budé).
M. Meeusen (2016): Plutarch’s Science of Natural Problems. A Study with Commentary on Quaestiones Naturales. Leuven, Leuven University Press (Plutarchea Hypomnemata) – awarded the 2018 Jan Gillis Prize from the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB).
M. Meeusen – L. Van der Stockt (eds) (2015): Natural Spectaculars. Aspects of Plutarch’s Philosophy of Nature. Leuven, Leuven University Press (Plutarchea Hypomnemata).
M. Meeusen (2018): “Aristotelian Natural Problems and Imperial Culture: Selective Readings”, Schole. Ancient Philosophy and the Classical Tradition, 12.1 (themed issue: The Peripatetic Tradition), pp. 28-47.
M. Meeusen (2018): “An interpretation of the Preface to Medical Puzzles and Natural Problems 1 by Ps.-Alexander of Aphrodisias in light of medical education”, in: Greek Medical Literature and its Readers: From Hippocrates to Islam and Byzantium, eds P.Bouras-Vallianatos – S.Xenophontos. London, Routledge (Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London), 94-109.