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Dr Livia Tagliapietra

Dr Livia Tagliapietra

Research Fellow in Classics, Jesus College


Research Interests

Ancient Greek linguistics and dialectology, historical sociolinguistics, Greek in Southern Italy and Sicily, languages and cultures of ancient Italy, Greek epigraphy and papyrology.

I wrote my PhD thesis 'Greek in Early Hellenistic Magna Graecia: Dialect Contact and Change in South Italy' as part of the AHRC-funded 'Greek in Italy' project (Cambridge). In my thesis I explored the development of the Greek dialects in the South Italian colonies around 400-300 BCE through a historical sociolinguistic approach to the written sources that have come down to us. As a Research Fellow at Jesus College I have continued to work on the Greek dialects in the Hellenistic period and particularly on the formation of the so-called 'Doric koinai', with a particular focus on the South Italian regions and Sicily. As side research interests, I have also worked on the Oscan inscriptions in the Greek alphabet from South Italy and I have edited a number of unpublished Greek papyri.

Key Publications

(forthcoming) ‘Mobility and orthography: a contextualisation of variant spellings in the Oscan inscriptions in the Greek alphabet’. In J. Clackson et al. (eds.) Migration, Mobility and Language Contact in and around the Ancient Mediterranean. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

(2019) ‘Il declino del dialetto dorico nelle iscrizioni di Sicilia del periodo tardo repubblicano: una nuova ipotesi’. Linguarum Varietas 7, 143-162.

(2017) ‘Scholia Minora to Iliad 2.212-225 and 272-295’, The Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 54, 9- 30.

(2016) ‘5313: Christian Amulet’, ‘5314: Christian Amulet’. In N. Gonis, F. Maltomini et al. (eds.) The Oxyrhynchus Papyri. Volume LXXXII. London: The Egypt Exploration Society, 103-105.

(2016) ‘A New Fragment of Aristophanes’ Plutus (182–189, 211–219)’, ZPE 197, 33-37.

(2015) ‘New Readings of the Multilingual Petelia Curse Tablet’, with K. McDonald and N. Zair, ZPE 195, 157-165.

(2015) ‘5252: List of Ingredients’. In M. Hirt, D. Leith and W.B. Henry (eds.) The Oxyrhynchus Papyri. Volume LXXX. London: The Egypt Exploration Society, 151-156.

Upcoming events

Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

Apr 25, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

May 16, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

Jun 06, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Athens: Economy & Democracy Conference (in honour of P. Millett)

Jul 09, 2020

Faculty of Classics and Downing College, Cambridge

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