Isaia Crosson

Graduate Student


  • Latin Literature of the Silver Age 
  • Epic Poetry
  • Religion and Divination in the Greco-Roman World
  • Ancient Rhetoric
  • Greek and Roman Historiography

My dissertation project, supervised by Professor Gareth D. Williams, focuses on Lucan’s rhetorical techniques in his De Bello Ciuili and on poetry as the only means available to mankind to preserve hope for a better future.

I hold a B.A. in Classics summa cum laude from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Milan) and an M.Phil. and M.A. in Classics from Columbia University. My undergraduate honors thesis, titled “Le profezie nella Pharsalia: lingua, struttura e significato”, examines the complex framework of divinatory signs and practices through which Lucan develops his narrative, arguing that the historical events described in the poem bereave all prophecies of meaning: the antithesis between prophetic utterances and historical reality contributes to the depiction of the cosmic dissolution triggered by the civil war as an irreversible process. While at Columbia, I wrote and presented on the significance of torture in Plato’s Myth of Er (CAMWS 2016) and on the relationship between religion and politics in Varro’s Antiquitates Rerum Diuinarum (SCS 2015).

Before starting my PhD, I taught Roman Civilization at Montclair State University for a year. At Columbia I taught Latin (Elementary, Intensive Elementary and Intermediate) and Greek (Intermediate: Attic Prose).