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Biography

For my BA (2007-10) and MA (2010-12) I studied Classics at the University of Padua, where I also attended the Scuola Galileiana di Studi Superiori. I completed a PhD in Italian Studies and Medieval Studies at the University of California, Berkeley (2012-17), focusing on the reception of Lucan's Bellum Civile in fourteenth-century Italy. During my PhD, I was a DAAD visiting scholar at LMU Munich, Medieval Latin Institute (Spring 2016) and a visiting researcher at KCL, Classics department (Fall 2016). In July 2017, I returned to KCL as a postdoctoral research associate working on the Leverhulme-funded project "Latin Poetry in English Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, c. 1550-1700", directed by Dr. Victoria Moul.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Classical Latin literature (especially epic)
  • Late-medieval and Renaissance Latin literature
  • The reception of classical antiquity in the late Middle Ages and the Italian Renaissance
  • The reception of Italian Renaissance Humanism in early-modern Britain

I am interested in Latin language and literature, including the postclassical developments of the Latin literary tradition; moreover, I work on the reception of Graeco-Roman antiquity in later cultural contexts. My research especially focuses on medieval and neo-Latin literature and on the reception of ancient Greek and Latin texts in the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Alongside working on the reception of Lucan's Bellum Civile in fourteenth-century Italy (the topic of my PhD thesis), I have been editing and/or studying the Latin works of early-Renaissance authors such as Albertino Mussato and Petrarch. Forthcoming publications deal with Dante's and Petrarch's reception of Lucan and with unpublished Latin epic from fifteenth-century Italy.

During my post-doc I will expand the scope of my research to consider neo-Latin poetry from early-modern Britain, viewed in relation to the earlier Italian neo-Latin tradition.

Expertise and public engagement

I have been involved in Public Engagement activities sponsored by the Society for Neo-Latin Studies. I'm also the main applicant and organiser of the Public Engagement project "Being at School in Shakespeare's Time", which consists in a series of workshops to be delivered in London primary schools, and which was awarded a KCL Public Engagement Small Grant.

Teaching 

I teach Latin language and literature, as well as the reception of classical antiquity from the Middle Ages and Renaissance until the present day.

For more information, see my full profile

Selected publications

  • Critical edition of Mussato's De Lite inter Naturam et Fortunam; under contract with SISMEL — Edizione Nazionale dei Testi Mediolatini d'Italia.
  • ‘Lucan and Virgil: from Dante to Petrarch (and Boccaccio)’. International Journal of the Classical Tradition 2018 (in press; published online at https://doi.org/10.1007/s12138-018-0482-x).
  • ‘Petrarch's Lucan and the Ambiguities of Ancient Heroism’. Humanistica. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Early Renaissance Studies 13 (2018) [in press].
  • ‘“As Lucan says”: Dante's Reuse of the Bellum Civile in the Monarchia and the Political Epistles’. Mediaevalia. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Medieval Studies Worldwide 40 (2019) [in press].
  • ‘Albertino Mussato: ultime riflessioni sulla poesia’. In ‘Moribus antiquis sibi me fecere poetam’. Albertino Mussato nel VII centenario dell'incoronazione poetica (Padova 1315-2015), edited by Rino Modonutti and Enrico Zucchi. Florence: Sismel, 2017, pp. 133-50.
  • ‘Il Cesare di Lucano, da Dante a Manzoni’. Intersezioni 36/3 (2016), pp. 437-42.
  • ‘A Philosophical Quarrel among Auctoritates: Mussato’s
  • De Lite inter Naturam et Fortunam and its Classical and Medieval Sources’. Italia Medioevale e Umanistica 55 (2014), pp. 71-102.
  • ‘Petrarca e l'agiografia camaldolese: la fonte della vita di san Romualdo nel Legendario di Nicolò Malerbi’. Hagiographica 21 (2014), pp. 179-96.
  • ‘Giurisprudenza da favola. Note sul lessico giuridico delle Metamorfosi di Apuleio’. Lexis 29 (2011), pp. 301-24.