Maria Combatti

Graduate Student


  •  Greek and Latin Tragedy

  • Embodiment and Physiology of Emotions

  • Hellenistic Poetry

  • Colloquial Language in Greek and Latin Poetry

    Before studying at Columbia University (M.A. 2014 and M.Phil. 2017) 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 Greek and Latin at public high schools in Italy, 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 studied the relationship between metaphors and landscape and its thematic and structural function in Callimachus’ Hymns and Theocritus’ Idylls. She is also interested in embodiment and physiology of emotions in Seneca’s tragedies.

    Currently, she is working on her dissertation proposal on the interactions between body and landscape in Euripides’ tragedies.

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