Giuseppe Pezzini

Keywords:

  • Roman republican literature and culture
  • Roman comedy
  • Latin language, from the early Republic to the 21st century
  • Ancient linguistics
  • Metre, textual criticism, and digital humanities
  • History of classical scholarship
  • Theory of Fiction
  • Tolkien

Full profile:

Giuseppe Pezzini (1984) is Senior Lecturer in Latin at the University of St Andrews, which he joined in 2016 after research fellowships at Magdalen College Oxford and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He holds a BA and an MA in Classics from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. He worked as an assistant editor for the Oxford Dictionary of Medieval Latin (completed in 2013 after a century of work), and has worked especially on Latin language and literature, classical theatre, the history of classical scholarship, ancient and modern theory of fiction.

His publications include a monograph on the verb ‘to be in Latin’ (Oxford 2015), an edited volume on ancient theory of language (Cambridge 2019), a translation of a humanist treatise on the political history of Venice (Toronto 2020), and papers on Caesar’s linguistic politics, Aristotle’s logic, the satires of Lucilius, slavery and literature, ancient theory of realism, and Tolkien’s ‘theology of fiction’.

His main current project is an edition of and commentary on a play by the Latin playwright Terence, which he is preparing for the Cambridge ‘Orange Series’ and is funded by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship and a Loeb Library Foundation fellowship. He is particularly interested in the integration of Greek culture in the Roman world and the construction of a national identity in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society, topics which he is also investigating through projects on the special relationship between Pergamene Culture and Rome and a commentary of Lucretius DRN 4 (under contract with Lorenzo Valla).