Molly Mata completed a B.A. in Classical Studies and Humanities at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2014. She joined Rutgers Classics in Fall 2018 after receiving an M.A. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies (with a Classics concentration) at the University of New Mexico in May of that same year. Molly wrote her M.A. thesis, titled “Drama as Dream: Sophoclean Tragedy and the Cult of Asclepius,” on drama as a corresponding ritual to incubation in the cult of Asclepius, and argued that both rituals can be pursued for a cathartic experience of healing, as evidenced by philological explorations of mania, nosos, and erēmos and critical analysis of plot and setting in Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes. Molly presented a paper based on her research on Philoctetes at the CAMWS conference in 2017 in Kitchener, Ontario. She has also presented on Athenian political issues in Sophocles Antigone (CAMWS 2016) and the chronic pain of Seneca in his Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (CAMWS 2018). Her interests lie primarily in Greek poetry and drama, ancient medicine, Greek religion, and ancient conceptions of the mind, body, and emotions.