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Professor Giambattista D'Alessio

Professor Giambattista D'Alessio

 Professor of Greek Language & Literature

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2295
Email giambattista.d'
Address Department of Classics
E2, North Wing
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS


Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Archaic and Hellenistic poetry
  • Texts and contexts of Greek Lyric poetry
  • Greek literary papyri
  • Fragmentarily preserved texts

An expert on archaic and Hellenistic poetry, he has published an edition of Callimachus, and important studies on Hesiod, Greek Lyric poetry, Pindar, and, more generally, on Greek literary papyri.

He is currently researching on a wide range of issues related to the texts and contexts of Greek Lyric poetry (the pragmatics of Greek Lyric poetry; the continuity of the "song-and-dance-culture" beyond the Classical period; Pindar's fragments), on Greek literary papyri, and, more generally, on fragmentarily preserved texts.

Giambattista is interested in supervising PhD students in:

  • Greek epic and lyric poetry
  • Hellenistic poetry
  • Greek literary papyri
  • Issues of continuity and discontinuity in poetic communication across Greek literary history
  • Any other intriguing topics concerning Greek poetic texts!

For more details, please see my research profile

Selected Publications
  • GB D’Alessio (2012) “The Lost Isthmian Odes of Pindar”, in in P. Agócs, C. Carey and R. Rawles (eds.), Reading the Victory Ode, CUP, pp. 28-57         
  • [Chapter]
  • GB D'Alessio (2009) 'Defining local identities in Greek lyric poetry', in R. Hunter and I. Rutherford (eds.), Wandering Poets in Ancient Greek Culture, CUP, pp. 137-16                                                                    [Chapter]
  • GB D'Alessio (2009) 'On the "Artemidorus" papyrus' Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (171), pp. 27-43.                                     [Article in print Journal]
  • GB D'Alessio (2009) 'Re-constructing Pindar’s First Hymn: The Theban “Theogony” and the Birth of Apollo', in Apolline Politics and Poetics : International Symposium, Delphi 4-11 July 2003 pp. 128-147          [Chapter]
  • GB D'Alessio (2007) Callimaco. Inni, Epigrammi, Ecale, Aitia, Giambi e altri frammenti 4th edition, revised and augmented Milan: BU     [Authored Book in print]

 For a complete list of publications please see my full research profile.


Greek Epic and Lyric Poetry; Drama; Prose; Greek Language and Metre

Expertise and Public Engagement

Greek Lyric Poetry; Greek Hellenistic Poetry; Greek Literary Papyri


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