- Augustan poetry
- Neronian literature
- The Roman novel
- Late Latin historiography
My dissertation reads Neronian poetry as an intimately deconstructionist literary system by analysing Seneca’s, Lucan’s, and Petronius’ pervasive recourse to allusivity. I argue that these authors use allusivity in order to emphasize themes of identity and freedom that, at multiple levels (philosophical, psychological, political), are central to their respective works.
I also specialize in late Latin historiography, especially the Historia Augusta, Ammianus, Aurelius Victor, and the so-called EKG. In this area I have written on: the dynamics of fear involved in rebellion and repression thereof in the later Roman empire (SCO 2013, RhM 2015); forged documents in the Historia Augusta (SCO 2011); Quellenforschung (Philologus 2012); textual criticism (SCO 2010, MD 2012). I am currently working on a study of retrojected episodes of Theodosian history in the Historia Augusta.
In general, I am interested in everything written in Latin and ancient Greek before the VI century. Recent publications include an essay on poetical filiation in Theocritus (CCJ 2015) and a textual note on Apuleius (forthcoming for CQ).
Sei note testuali ad Aurelio Vittore, SCO 56 2010, 309-14.
Properzio 2, 18, 35, MD 65 2010, 177-81.
Avidio Cassio, i Cassii e i Cassiani, SCO 57 2011, 303-13.
L’opus florentissimum di Alessandro Severo, Philologus 156 2012, 140-49.
Due criptocorruttele nella Historia Augusta, MD 69 2012, 223-4.
La freddura sull’usurpatore ‘Regiliano’ (Historia Augusta, T 10, 3-7), SCO 59 2013, 339-47.
Two intertextual notes on Petronius’ Bellum Civile, MD 73 2014, 191-5.
La reazione di Diocleziano alla profezia sulla sua ascesa al potere, RhM 158 2015, 30-43.
Theocritus’ Idyll 7 and the Homeric Hymn to Hermes, CCJ 61 2015, 99-110.
Apuleius, Metamorphoses 11.23.5, forthcoming for CQ.