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Professor Giambattista D'Alessio
Visiting Professor

Email: giambattista.d'

Address: Department of Classics
King's College London

London WCR 2LS 


Giambattista D’Alessio, born and raised in Naples, was a student, first as part of the BA/MA programme, and then for the Doctoral program, at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (1988-1991), and held for 3 years the Arnaldo Momigliano Research Fellowship at University College London. From 1993 to 2007 was a member of staff at the University of Messina, first as Lecturer (from 1993, tenured from 1996) and then (from 2000) as Associate Professor in Ancient Greek Language and Literature. From 2007 and 2014 he was Professor of Greek Language and Literature at the Department of Classics at King’s College London, and at the end of 2014 moved back to Naples as Professor of Classical Philology.

Research Interests

My research focuses mainly on the texts and the contexts of lyric poetry in Greece from the archaic period up to the end of antiquity, and on Hellenistic poetry (in particular Callimachus), that has inherited and renewed so much of this tradition.

I have always worked, though, more broadly, also on the new literary texts that, thanks to papyrological and epigraphical finds and publications, continuously enrich and change our perception of the ancient world.

Along with several short-term commitments, I am currently working on two longer-term projects: a book on choral poetry, its texts and its performance contexts from the end of the Classical period to late antiquity; and an edition with commentary of Pindar’s fragments.

Selected Publications

The name of the Dithyramb: Diachronic and Diatopic Variations
D'Alessio, G. Jun 2013 Dithyramb in Context. Kowalzig, B. & Wilson, P. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 113-132 20 p.

The lost Isthmian Odes of Pindar
D'ALESSIO, G. B. G. 2012 Reading the Victory Ode. Agócs, P., Carey, C. & Rawles, R. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 28-57 30 p.

Defining local identities in Greek lyric poetry
D'Alessio, G. 2009 Wandering Poets in Ancient Greek Culture. Hunter, R. & Rutherford, I. (eds.). CAMBRIDGE: Cambridge University Press, p. 137 - 167 31 p.

Language and pragmatics
D'Alessio, G. 2009 The Cambridge Companion to Greek Lyric. Budelmann, F. (ed.). CAMBRIDGE -- GBR: Cambridge University Press, p. 114-129 16 p.

Re-constructing Pindar’s First Hymn: The Theban “Theogony” and the Birth of Apollo
D'Alessio, G. 2009 Apolline Politics and Poetics : International Symposium, Delphi 4-11 July 2003. Athanassaki, L., Martin, R. P. & Miller, J. F. (eds.). Athens: Hellenic Ministry of Culture - European Cultural Centre of Delphi, p. 128 - 147 20 p.

Pindar, Bacchylides, and Hesiodic Genealogical Poetry
D'ALESSIO, G. B. G. 2005 The Hesiodic Catalogue of Women: Constructions and Reconstructions. CAMBRIDGE -- GBR: Cambridge University Press, p. 217-238 22 p.

Osservazioni su PSI inv. 1923
D'ALESSIO, G. B. G.2005Papiri della Società Italiana alla Scuola Normale di Pisa. Seminario 2003/2004. Comunicazioni dell’Istituto Papirologico.p. 10-123 p.

The Megalai Ehoiai: a Survey of the Fragments
D'ALESSIO, G. B. G. 2005 The Hesiodic Catalogue of Women: Constructions and Reconstructions. Hunter, R. (ed.). CAMBRIDGE -- GBR: Cambridge University Press, p. 176-216 41 p.

Dr Gen Doy
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Artist in Residence in the Department of Classics, 2017/8
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Gen Doy is an artist-in-residence at King's College London. Working in collaboration with Michael Trapp, Professor of Greek Literature & Thought, Gen will be resident in the Department of Classics working on a collaborative project exploring the history and cultural mythology of the so-called 'Roman' Bath on Strand Lane.

More information about Gen and her residency at King's can be found on the King's & Culture webpages.

Dr Filomena Limão
Visiting Research Associate Dr Filomena Limão

Lecturer in History of Classical and Late Antique Art at Faculty of Social and Humanities, Nova University, Lisbon ( FCSH-NOVA) (2008 to 2016)
Member of the History of Art Institute (IHA) (FCSH-NOVA)


 Department of Classics
King's College London
London WCR 2LS


Filomena holds a degree in History (1987) at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Nova University, Lisbon (FCSH-NOVA). In 2007 and 2011 she accomplished her Master’s dissertation and PhD thesis in History of  Classical and Late Antique Art at FCSH-NOVA and became a member of the IHA. Simultaneously, she was a Professor at the History of Art Department of the same Faculty where she coordinated an academic project with her students, Encontrharte (History of Art Meetings). Her main topic of research has been the Roman architectural sculpture specially late antique capitals (3rd to 8th cCE ) found in Portugal but soon her interest in a global overview of the Roman art led her to develop a wider decoration project focused on some case studies in the Western part of the Roman Iberian Peninsula( Hispania), currently Portugal. In 2015 she won a post-doctoral grant bestowed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) to develop the project  “Decor in Antiquity in Western Hispania (1st c to 8th c CE) - Sense(s) and Performances: architectural sculpture, mosaics, painting.

Research Interests
  • Architectural Sculpture in Classical and Late Antiquity(1st-8th c CE) in Western Hispania.

  • Roman mosaics in Western Hispania.

  • Roman painting in Western Hispania.

  • Roman Provincial Art (centre and peripheries)

  • Theory and practice of Roman Decor

  • Digital Humanities

My research interest is in Decor in Antiquity in Western Hispania, currently Portugal. The starting point is this strong commitment between architecture and decoration and the discussion on the sense and application of Decor according to Vitruvius.

Ornamentation, Decoration, Iconography, Atributes, Meanings, Symbolisms are expressed in Roman art as part of the making of the self image of the Roman society.

The study of the Roman presence and Art in Western Iberian Peninsula has still much to unveil.

Selected Publications
  • 2015 -  “Between otium and negotium: The frigidarium mosaic from the baths of the industrial fish-salting complex in Tróia (Portugal),” co-author archaeologists Inês Vaz Pinto; Ana Patrícia Magalhães; Patrícia Brum, in XII AIEMA Colloquium (“Association International pour l’Étude de la Mosaïque Antique”), 2012, Venezia, 2015, Venezia, pp. 265-270 

  •  2015 - “Sculpting Space: Architecture and architectural sculpture in the Roman Villa of Rabaçal (Portugal) co-author Miguel Pessoa, The 13th International Colloquium on Roman Provincial Art:  Bucharest – Alba Iulia – Constanţa, 28.05 – 02.06.2013, pp. 321-328.

  • 2012 - Viajar no Feminino – As palavras das Imagens: Viagem de Egéria à Terra Santa, séc. IV”, in Narrativas do poder feminino, (The feminine look on traveling: the words of images- Egeria’s Travel to the Holy Land, 4th c.CE) in Narratives of the Female Power, 26-27th April 2012, Centre of Philosophical and Human Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, Catholic University of Portugal, Braga, pp. 239-257;

  • 2012 - O Capitel no Mosaico da Antiguidade Tardia – Uma Abordagem à representação do capitel no mosaico: exemplos de capitéis jónicos, coríntios e compósitos (The image of the Capital: An approach to capital’s depiction on Roman Mosaic in Late Antiquity), O mosaico romano nos centros e nas periferias: originalidades, influências e identidades - Actas do X Colóquio Internacional da Associação Internacional para o Estudo do Mosaico Antigo (AIEMA) (Proceedings of the Xth International Colloquim for the Study of Roman Mosaic), A.I.E.M.A, Museu Monográfico de Conimbriga, Instituto dos Museus e da Conservação, October-November, 2005; pp. 441-454;

  • 2012 “The Vase’s Representation (cantharus, crater) on the Roman Mosaic in Portugal: A Significant Formal And Iconographic Path from Classic Antiquity to Late Antiquity”, XIth International AIEMA Mosaic Symposium, Mosaics of Turkey and Parallel Developments in the rest of the ancient and Medieval World: Questions of Iconography, Style and Technique, Discoveries, from the beginnings of Mosaic until the Late Byzantine Era, Bursa, Turkey, 16-20 October 2009,pp. 565-583

Expertise & public engagement
  • ERASMUS in Viterbo (Italy) in  2014. Università Degli Studi Della Tuscia: “An approach to the Roman Mosaics in the provinces of Gallaecia and Lusitania and its relations with architectural sculpture - a matter of Decor,"

  • ERASMUS in Madrid (Spain)in  2015. University of Carlos III: “Cultural and artistic inheritance of the Western part of the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal) during Classic and Late Antiquity”.

  • Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Lectures ( 2015-2016) “Tróia (Grândola, Portugal) or the “Portuguese Troy” -  a mystery in the edge of the Roman World: space, architecture, sculpture, painting, mosaics” - Atlanta (Georgia), Buffalo ( Western New York), Providence (Rhode Island).

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