Interests

  • Colloquial language in Greek and Latin poetry
  • Rhetoric and Aesthetics
  • Hellenistic poetry

Before studying at Columbia University (M.A. 2014) Maria received her B.A. in Classics at University of Cassino, Italy (2004) and completed an M.A. in teaching of Greek and Latin at high school level from the University of Naples “L’Orientale” (2006). She then taught at public high schools, for three years. In 2009 she arrived in New York where she taught Italian, for four years.

Her B.A. dissertation, entitled "Colloquialisms and Proverbs in Cratinus", was devoted to the analysis of colloquial speech in Cratinus' fragmentary comedies. The language spoken by Greeks and Romans to their friends and families in informal settings is one of her preoccupations.

While at Columbia, Maria has been exploring various fields of research in Classics. She is currently studying the relationship between metaphors and landscape and its thematic and structural function in the narrative of Hellenistic poetry. She hopes to extend this research to both classical Greek and Latin texts.

She always finds inspiration from other forms of art. Cinema, classical and avant-garde music are sources that constantly nourish her thinking and studies.