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Dr Elena Giusti

Dr Elena Giusti

Research Fellow, St John's College

St John's College
Cambridge
CB2 1TP

Research Interests

Latin Literature, esp. literature of the Augustan age

Interactions between literature and history

Literary theory, political philosophy and intellectual history applied to the Classical World

Classical Reception, Comparative literature

My doctoral and postdoctoral research focusses on the ideological writing and rewriting of history in the Augustan literary texts. My PhD thesis (The Enemy on Stage: Augustan Revisionism and the Punic Wars in Virgil's Aeneid), which I am currently writing as a monograph, treats the construction of the Carthaginian Enemy from early Latin literature into the Augustan age and the conjunction of Punic and Civil wars in Virgil’s Aeneid. My postdoctoral research project, currently entitled The Great Unmentioned in Augustan Poetry, is an investigation of historical characters and events whose unexpected absence from the Augustan texts is always ascribable, according to the cases, to conscious or subconscious forms of censorship and repression.

Key Publications

“My Enemy’s Enemy is my Enemy: Virgil’s illogical use of Metus Hostilis,” in P. Hardie (ed.) (2016) Augustan Poetry and the Irrational, Oxford UP.

 "Dithyrambic Iambics: Epode 9 and its General(s’) Confusion,” in P. Bather and C. Stocks (eds.) (2016) Horace Epodes: Literary Traditions and Contexts, Oxford UP.

 “Caesar Criss-Crossing the Rubicon: a Palindromic Acrostic in Lucan (BC 1.218-22),” in The Classical Quarterly 65 (2015), 892-4.

 “Once more unto the breach: Virgil’s Arae and the Treaty of Philinus,” in Studi Italiani di Filologia Classica 107.1 (2014), 61-79.

 “Virgil’s Carthaginians at Aen. 1.430-6: Cyclopes in Bees’ Clothing,” in The Cambridge Classical Journal 60 (2014), 37-58.

 Reviews

Review of A. Ziosi, Didone Regina di Cartagine di Chistopher Marlowe: Metafore virgiliane nel Cinquecento (Roma 2015), forthcoming in Lexis 34 (2016).

 Review of H. Baltussen and P. J. Davis (eds.) The Art of Veiled Speech: Self-Censorship from Aristophanes to Hobbes (Philadelphia 2015), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2016.06.24: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2016/2016-06-24.html

Review of N. Horsfall, Virgil Aeneid 6, A Commentary (Berlin 2013), in The Journal of Roman Studies 105 (2015), 432-34.

Review of J. Godwin, Ovid Metamorphoses III An Extract: 511-733 (London and New York 2014), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.08.06: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2014/2014-08-06.html

Forthcoming

“Tiresias, Ovid, Gender and Trouble: Generic Conversions from Ars into Tristia,” in Ramus (2018).

 “Bunte Barbaren Setting up the stage: Re-inventing the Barbarian on the Georgics’ theatre-temple,” in N. Freer, F. Mac Góráin, B. Xinyue (eds.) New Perspectives on Virgil’s Georgics, Oxford University Press.

 “The Metapoetics of Liber-ty: Horace’s Bacchic Ship in Seneca’s De Tranquillitate Animi,” in M. Stöckinger, K. Winter and T. Zanker (eds.) Horace and Seneca: Interactions, Intertexts, Interpretations, De Gruyter.

“Ovid’s Ars Poetica: Metapoetic Didactic in the Ars Amatoria”, in L.G. Canevaro and D. O’Rourke (eds.) Didactic Poetry: Knowledge, Power, Tradition, Classical Press of Wales.

  “Virgil’s Carthage: a Heterotopic Space of Empire,” in M. Asper and V. Rimell (eds.) Imagining Imperial Space in Hellenistic and Roman Literature, Universitätsverlag Winter Heidelberg.

Upcoming events

The B Club

Feb 27, 2017

1.11

Mycenaean Seminar

Feb 28, 2017

Archaeology Seminar

Feb 28, 2017

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Classical Reception Seminar

Feb 28, 2017

Faculty of Classics, Room G.21

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21-22 March 2017. This conference, the second in the Understanding Relations Between Scripts series, focuses on the development of alphabetic writing systems in the later second and earlier first millennia BC.

'The Impact of the Ancient City': PhD Studentship

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Applications are invited for a 3-year fully-funded PhD studentship in the context of the ERC Advanced Grant project, 'The Impact of the Ancient City', supervised by Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill.

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