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Research Interests

My main area of research is Greek Literature of the archaic and classical period with a particular focus on tragedy and the use of mythology in literary texts.

My PhD research, which is supervised by Prof. Patrick Finglass and Dr. Lyndsay Coo, is focused on the Telephus myth, as portrayed in Greek epic, elegy, lyric, tragedy, and comedy, and also in iconography, of the archaic and classical periods (c. 800-400 BC). The myth, collateral to the Iliad, exercised a fascination on the Greeks because it is rich in themes central to Greek culture, evoking as it does ideas of supplication, incurable disease, child abandonment, repeated escape from disaster, and the malleability of friendship and enmity. Nevertheless, no full-scale narrative handling of the myth as come down to us, many of those that have survived are fragmentary. In my research I examine the use of the myth across different authors, investigating connections between literaty and iconographical representations of the myth at the same time.

Furthermore, I am interested in the connections between the mythical world as described in the Homeric poems and the literary and artistic production of the classical period, which reflects a new and different approach to the mythical past.

Moreover, because of my research I also engage frequently with papyrology, especially in connection with Greek fragmentary tragedy and with the reception of Greek tragedy in Roman archaic tragedy, a subject that fascinates me and which I plan to investigate more in the future.

 

Background

I got my BA in Letters and Humanities at the University of Genoa, where I was first introduced to Greek fragmentary tragedy: incidentally, my undergraduate thesis, supervised by Prof. Franco Montanari, was a commented catalogue of tragic fragments involving the chatacter of Achilles. After that I moved to the University of Pisa, where I graduated in Classical Philology and Ancient History, under the supervision of Prof. Enrico Medda.

During my MA I spent three months at the University of Nottingham as an Erasmus trainee to work on my thesis under the supervision of Prof. Patrick Finglass: my work was an analysis of Achilles paradigm in Sophocles' Ajax and Philoctetes.

Again, during my MA years I was able to gain a good training in papyrology: firstly, I was accepted at the Seminario Papirologico Fiorentino, at the Istituto G. Vitelli, in Florence. The following year, I attended the International Summer School Documents for Ancient History in Pavia and finally, after my MA degree, I dived into Herculaneum papyri, attending Philologia Philosophica Herbipolensis V at the Universitaet Wuerzburg. 

 

 

Outreach

I particularly enjoy attending and participating in conferences and lectures. During the years I have been able to attend, among others, the "Fragmented Women" Conference in Nottingham (2016), being awarded a bursary to attend, the "Forgotten Theatre" Conference in Turin (2017) and the "Trends in Classics" Conference in Thessaloniki (2018). 

I myself have given papers in several occasions: during the years I had the chance to speak in Turin, London, Manchester and Oxford.

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