Brian Hook, PhD

Professor, Department of Classics, and Director, Humanities Program
214 Whitesides Hall, CPO 2850

Office Hours

  • Mon: 

    • 11:00 a.m. - noon
  • Wed: 

    • 11:00 a.m. - noon
  • Tue: 

    • 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
  • Thu: 

    • 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
and by appointment

Dr. Brian S. Hook is a native of the Carolinas. He came to the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2001, and both Asheville and UNC Asheville now feel like home. Dr. Hook received the 2007-2008 Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities. He and his wife have two daughters.

Dr. Hook was one of the editors for The Asheville Reader: The Ancient World (2004) for UNC-Asheville's Humanities 124 course and is currently serving as the coordinator for the course.


  • Ph.D., Classics
    Duke University
  • B.A., Classics
    University of South Carolina 

Research Interests

His academic interests are broad and include Greek and Latin epic and tragedy, rhetoric and philosophy, and Christianity and heroic literature. Current research interests focus on Roman satire, especially Juvenal, irony, and ancient philosophy, especially Plato. He is particularly interested in the appropriations, applications, and contortions of philosophy in ancient literature. He is also collecting material for a book on the representations of the Trojan prince Paris in ancient literature and art.


  • In development includes articles on Juvenal's fifteenth satire
  • In development poetry in Cicero's Pro Archia
  • In development the ending of Persius' first satire
  • In development an etymology in Augustine's Confessions
  • 2008: "Umbricius Caligatus: Wordplay in Juvenal 3.322" in Collection Latomus: Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History, vol. 14, 365-374
  • 2008: Review of P. Campana's commentary on Juvenal, Satura X (Classical Review 58 166-167)
  • 2005: "Oedipus and Thyestes Among the Philosophers: Incest and Cannibalism in Plato, Diogenes, and Zeno" Classical Philology 100, 17-40
  • 2004: Editor for The Asheville Reader: The Ancient World for UNC-Asheville's Humanities 124 course
  • 2000: Heroism and the Christian Life: Reclaiming Excellence, co-authored with R. R. Reno (Westminster John Know)
  • 2000: "Nothing Within Which Passeth Show: Character and Color in Senecan Tragedy" in Seneca in Performance (Duckworth).
  • reviewed F. Jones, Juvenal and the Satiric Genre (for Classical Journal)

Recent Papers

"The Socratic Sneer: Plato and Roman Satire" Tenth Annual Comparative Literature Conference at the University of South Carolina: "Plato and Platonisms: The Constitution of a Tradition," March 20-23, 2008, Columbia, SC