Personal Biography

I came (back) to CCC in 2021, after five beautiful years of teaching in St Andrews (2016–2021), and research fellowships at Magdalen College Oxford (2013–2015) and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2016). I have been fortunate to be able to study and work in excellent collegiate institutions, the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (2003–2008) and the University of Oxford (D.Phil. 2012). From 2010 to 2013 I worked as Assistant Editor for the Oxford Dictionary of Medieval Latin, a rewarding experience that has helped me move beyond the classical horizon as traditionally defined. My career has been enriched by a diversity of academic experiences. I was visiting professor at the University of Turin in 2020, visiting fellow at Leiden University in 2015, and visiting student at CCC itself, back in 2006, where everything began. I’m currently supervising research projects on the Comoedia Togata and the Theory of Fiction in late Antique commentaries. I would be very happy to supervise research in any of the above areas, and beyond.

Research and Teaching

My main area of research is Latin Language and Literature, with a special focus on Early Latin (3rd – 1st c. BC). I have always been fascinated by this period, which is still largely approached from the biased perspective of canonical classical literature, even if crucial issues such as the relationship between Roman and Greek culture and identity, to name just one, are shaped at this time. 

I am currently finalising an edition of and commentary on Terence's Heauton Timorumenos, forthcoming in the Cambridge ‘Orange Series’, and working on two other major projects, a volume on the special relationship between Pergamene Culture and Rome (with Thomas Nelson and Stefano Rebeggiani), and a commentary of Lucretius DRN 4 (with Fondazione Lorenzo Valla).

I was trained as a linguist and philologist, and have a special interest in ancient metre, textual criticism, and digital humanities. I have published widely in these areas but always tried to put my technical expertise at the service of broader issues, and investigate the mutual relation between the detail and the general picture (minima cura si maxima uis).

My broader cultural concerns are also reflected in edited volumes on the ancient philosophy of language and the theory of Classical scholarship, as well as in substantial pieces on the ancient theory of comedy. My interests also extend well beyond the ancient world, and have converged into works on modern English literature and its classical ancestry. These include a forthcoming monograph on Tolkien’s theory of imagination, stemming from my work as Tolkien Editor for the Journal of Inklings Studies and a collaboration with the ITIA Institute at the University of St Andrews.

Selected Publications

Terence and the Verb ‘To be’ in Latin (Oxford: OUP, 2015)

with James N. Adams and Anna Chahoud (ed.), Early Latin: Constructs, Diversity, Reception (Cambridge: CUP, 2021 in press)

with Barney Taylor (ed.), Language and Nature in the Classical Roman World (Cambridge: CUP, 2019)

with Stefano Rebeggiani (ed.), Classics Scholars: between Theory and Practice (Pisa-Roma: Fabrizio Serra Editore, 2013).

Tamen apsentes prosunt pro praesentibus: ‘Proxied’ Absences and Roman Comedy’ in T. Geue and E. Giusti (eds.), Unspoken Rome: Absence in Latin Literature and its Reception (Cambridge: CUP, 2021)

‘Terence and the speculum uitae: Realism and (Roman) Comedy’ Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 111 (2021)

‘The Gods in (Tolkien’s) Epic’, in Williams, H. (ed.), Tolkien and the Classical World (Zurich and Jena: Walking Tree Publishers, 2021)

 ‘Lucilius and the Language of the Roman palliata’ in B. W. Breed, R. Wallace and E. Keitel (eds.), Lucilius and Satire in Second-Century BC Rome (Cambridge: CUP, 2018)

‘Comic Lexicon: Searching for Submerged Latin from Plautus to Erasmus’ in J. N. Adams and N. Vincent, N. (eds.), Continuities between Early and Late Latin (Cambridge: CUP, 2016)

 ‘Consonance of -s and Asyndetic Accumulation in Latin Poetry’ Mnemosyne 68 (2015)