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Research interests

Research

My research interests involve the literary and textual aspects of the works of Apuleius, Petronius, Fronto, Cicero, Manilius, Frontinus, Hyginus, Publilius Syrus, Seneca (Apocolocyntosis and Quaestiones Naturales) and Vergil for Latin, Lucian of Samosata and Plutarch for Greek, as well as broader themes such as Platonism and Greco-Roman magic. My first book Magic in Apuleius’ Apologia. Understanding the charges and the forensic strategies in Apuleius’ speech was published in 2019 by De Gruyter. My second monograph, a commentary on Apuleius’ Metamorphoses 3 for the Brill series Groningen Commentaries on Apuleius (GCA) was published in September 2021. I am also preparing an edited volume with Ben Cartlidge entitled Middle Platonism in its Literary Context, which will be published by Oxford University Press for the BICS Themed Issues series.

I also organised conference entitled ‘The Politics of Archaism in the Imperial Period’ (Bristol, 01/07/2022), sponsored by the IGRCT, the University of Bristol, the Classical Association, and the Institute of Classical Studies. More information about the conference's aims and the programme is available here.

Furthermore, I am also leading the project Fragmenta Iguvina, which aims to the publication of the unidentified manuscript fragments at the Biblioteca Comunale Sperelliana (Gubbio).

 

Teaching

Starting from September 2022 I will be teaching the following undergraduate units:

- Latin A1 and A2 (terms 1&2)

- Greek A1 and A2 (terms 1&2)

- Latin C1 and D1 (term 1)

I am also collaborating with the Medieval Department, contributing teaching on palaeography to the MA unit Research Skills for Medievalists.

Office hours: every Friday from 13:00 to 15:00 (office located in 11 Woodland Road, G37).

I was nominated for the Inspiring and Innovative Teaching Award in 2021, and was shortlisted for the same award in 2022 (for more information, see here).

 

Biography

I started learning Ancient Greek and Latin at the Liceo Classico – Mazzatinti in Gubbio, my hometown in Umbria, and I continued studying classics at the University of Perugia for my BA (2011) and MA (2012/2013). I then took a PhD at the University of Leeds (2013-2016) with a dissertation devoted to Apuleius’ Apologia and ancient magic. After completing my doctorate I remained at Leeds as a Temporary Lecturer in 2017 before moving to Freiburg in summer 2017 for a DAAD short-term postdoc focusing on the reception of Apuleius’ Metamorphoses.

Between 2017 and 2018 I held a number of teaching and research posts at Leeds, Cassino, Bologna, and Bari before rejoining the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg as a Fritz-Thyssen Research Fellow and a lecturer during the last two years (2018-2020). I was delighted to join the Department of Classics & Ancient History at the University of Bristol in November 2020 as a Teaching Associate in Greek and Latin Language.

As of May 2022 I have been appointed Fellow of the HEA.

Finally, I am a member of the CUCD Standing Committee.

Keywords

  • Classical Literature and Languages
  • Textual Criticism
  • Platonism
  • Ancient Magic and Religion
  • Ancient Novel
  • Digital Humanities

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