Isaia Crosson

Graduate Student

imc2113@columbia.edu


Interests

  • Latin Literature of the Silver Age

  • Epic Poetry

  • Religion and Divination in the Greco-Roman World

  • Ancient Rhetoric

  • Greek and Roman Historiography

My main area of interest is Roman literature of the Late Republic and Early Empire, with a focus on the evolution of epic and drama; the aesthetics of the body of the text in the Greco-Roman world; the way in which trauma induced by phenomena such as warfare shape literary works; and the rhetoric of deliberate incompleteness. My method of inquiry is multidisciplinary: in addition to applying philology and intertextuality to my readings of texts I bring together features of aesthetics, epistemology and sociology in an attempt to reassess the aesthetic criteria informing the theme, content and ideology of ancient and modern texts.

Current projects include turning my dissertation on Lucan into a book; an article on the notion of virtus in Julius Caesar and Lucan for AJP; and book reviews for Gnomon and CW. In addition to conducting research, I taught a wide variety of courses in Greek, Latin and English at Columbia, Fordham and Montclair State, and I presented at various international conferences.

I am also a photographer, and I held exhibits in Italy and in New York City.