Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”

Dipartimento di Studi letterari, filosofici e di storia dell’arte


June 14-16, 2021

An Online Conference 

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Monday, June 14, 2pm-2:20pm

Welcoming words by EMORE PAOLI (Director of the Department of Studi letterari, filosofici e di storia dell’arte, Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”) and introduction by SERGIO CASALI


Monday, June 14, 2:20pm-5pm 

Chair: VIRGILIO COSTA (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”)

DAVID WILSON-OKAMURA (East Carolina University)

Afterimages of Lucretius 

FABIO STOK (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”) 

Commenting on Virgil in the 15th Century: from Barzizza (?) to Parrasio (?)-I 

GIANCARLO ABBAMONTE (Università di Napoli Federico II)

Commenting on Virgil in the 15th Century: from Barzizza (?) to Parrasio (?)-II 

NICOLA LANZARONE (Università di Salerno)

Il commento di Pomponio Leto all’Eneide: sondaggi relativi ad Aen. 1 e 2




Monday, June 14, 5:20pm-8pm 

Chair: EMANUELE DETTORI (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”)

PETER KNOX (Case Western Reserve University)

What if Poliziano Had Written a Commentary on Virgil? 

PAUL WHITE (University of Leeds)

Badius’s Virgil Commentary in the Context of Humanist Education 

ANDREA CUCCHIARELLI (Sapienza Università di Roma)

Petrus Nannius as an Interpreter of Virgil: the Commentary on the Eclogues

SERGIO CASALI (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”)

Petrus Nannius as an Interpreter of Virgil: the Commentary on Aeneid 4


Tuesday, June 15, 2pm-4:40pm 

Chair: JOHN F. MILLER (University of Virginia)

CRAIG KALLENDORF (Texas A&M University)

Virgil’s Unluckiest Commentator? Iodocus Willichius and His Times 

FEDERICA BESSONE (Università di Torino)

Spiegare Virgilio con i suoi successori. I commenti virgiliani sulle tracce di Stazio 

VIOLA STARNONE (Scuola Superiore Meridionale)

The Metamorphoses of Virgil: Early Modern Responses 

VASSILIKI PANOUSSI (College of William & Mary)

Egypt and Africa in the Early Modern Commentaries 




Tuesday, June 15, 5pm-7:40pm 

Chair: IRENE PEIRANO GARRISON (Harvard University)

UTE TISCHER (Universität Leipzig)

Author Strategies in Collected Editions of Printed Commentaries on Virgil in Early Modern and Modern Times 

JOSEPH FARRELL (University of Pennsylvania)

Rediscovering the Rediscovery of Homer in Vergil Commentaries, Half a Century On 

MONIQUE BOUQUET (Université de Rennes 2 - CELLAM)

La Poétique d’Aristote comme clé de lecture de l’Énéide de Virgile dans les In librum Aristotelis de arte poetica explicationes de Francesco Robortello 

PHILIP HARDIE (University of Cambridge)

MetaVirgilian Commentaries, with Particular Reference to Abraham Cowley


Wednesday, June 16, 2pm-4:40pm 

Chair: BARBARA WEIDEN BOYD (Bowdoin College)

YASMIN HASKELL (University of Western Australia)

Virgil Vindicated: Jesuit Praelections, Prolusions, Corrections and Exclusions 

GIAN BIAGIO CONTE (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)

Considerazioni sul Commentario a Virgilio di C. G. Heyne 

RICHARD F. THOMAS (Harvard University)

Between Heyne and Conington from the Land of the Fairies: Thomas Keightley’s Eclogues and Georgics 

STEPHEN HARRISON (University of Oxford)

Victorian Virgil: John Conington and Henry Nettleship’s Commentary (1858-82) 




Wednesday, June 16, 5pm-7:40pm 

Chair: SHADI BARTSCH (University of Chicago)

ALISON KEITH (University of Toronto)

Epicureana in Virgil Commentaries 

LUIGI GALASSO (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano)

Su cosa si fonda l’Oltretomba. La dialettica commento-saggio da Norden a oggi 

ALEXANDER ROGUINSKY (Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow) & MIKHAIL SHUMILIN (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, / A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences / National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow)
Textual Criticism in Russian Language Commentaries on Classical Latin Poetry: The Case of Valery Bryusov’s Projected Commentary on Aeneid 2 

JAMES O’HARA (University of North Carolina) 

Adventures in Writing and Editing a Group Classroom Commentary: the Focus-Hackett Aeneid Project


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Call for Fellows: Data Visualizations Using the D’Argenio Collection

Seton Hall University – University Libraries (Fall 2021)
Application Deadline: July 15, 2021
Fellowship Period: Fall 2021


Seton Hall University Libraries support excellence in academic and individual work, enable inquiry, foster intellectual and ethical integrity and respect for diverse points of view through user-focused services and robust collections as the intellectual and cultural heart of the University.  Walsh Gallery, based in the Library, manages the University’s museum collections, and the Library’s Data Services division assists the University community in managing and presenting their data.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Wed, 06/16/2021 - 10:55am by Erik Shell.

The ACLS is running two searches this summer at ACLS. They seek a Program Officer in International Programs (regular ongoing staff position) and a Program Officer in Higher Education Initiatives (two year term).

These positions are excellent for classics Ph.D.s looking to stay in academic contexts but do a different kind of work from teaching and researching.

View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Wed, 06/16/2021 - 10:53am by Erik Shell.

The SCS Board of Directors has co-signed the following statement, which has been authored jointly by the American Association of University Professors, the American Historical Association, the Association of American Colleges & Universities, and PEN America. As of June 16, 2021, 80 organizations have endorsed the statement.

You can read the full text and list of signatories below and read the press release by the American Historical Association here

June 16, 2021

We, the undersigned associations and organizations, state our firm opposition to a spate of legislative proposals being introduced across the country that target academic lessons, presentations, and discussions of racism and related issues in American history in schools, colleges and universities. These efforts have taken varied shape in at least 20 states; but often the legislation aims to prohibit or impede the teaching and education of students concerning what are termed “divisive concepts.” These divisive concepts as defined in numerous bills are a litany of vague and indefinite buzzwords and phrases including, for example, “that any individual should feel or be made to feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological or emotional distress on account of that individual’s race or sex.” These legislative efforts are deeply troubling for numerous reasons.

View full article. | Posted in Public Statements on Wed, 06/16/2021 - 7:09am by Helen Cullyer.

TLL Fellowship 2021-2022 Application Cycle

Supported by a Generous Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 06/15/2021 - 5:16pm by Erik Shell.

Call for papers: Human Crime and Divine Punishment in Ancient Didactic poetry

Trinity College Dublin, 10-11 March 2022

As has long been observed, ancient Didactic poetry is not merely a vehicle to convey technical information and instruction. Justice and the place of humanity in the cosmos are already central concerns of Hesiod’s Works and Days, which attributes the harsh realities of agricultural life to a history of transgression, moral decline, and punishment. Similar questions continue to fascinate his didactic successors, who not only develop Hesiodic material, for instance in the departure of Justice from Earth in Aratus’ Phaenomena, but also explore other manifestations of divine intervention, such as through myths of metamorphosis and catasterism. In some didactic poems, such as Virgil’s Georgics or Oppian’s Halieutica, the pursuit of their subject matter itself poses the risk of violating ethical norms or overstepping mortal boundaries.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Tue, 06/15/2021 - 5:09pm by Erik Shell.

Reception Studies: State of the Discipline and New Directions

Online conference


24-27 June 2021 (Northern Hemisphere)

25-28 June 2021 (Southern Hemisphere)

Conference Organiser: Anastasia Bakogianni

Hosted by Massey University, New Zealand

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Tue, 06/15/2021 - 5:03pm by Erik Shell.

City Lit, one of London’s largest adult education colleges, and the British Museum are organising Classics Week.

Classics Week runs from 21-25 June 2021 and takes inspiration from the British Museum’s current exhibition Nero: the man behind the myth (27 May- 24 Oct).  Join us for a programme of online talks, discussions, and taster courses exploring the subject of power in ancient Rome.

View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Tue, 06/15/2021 - 4:40pm by Erik Shell.
A page from Martin Kraus’ Aethiopica Epitome processed using LatinOCR within VietOCR. It handles the opening chapter summary well but is only 88% accurate with the italicized body text.

LatinOCR and Rescribe are related optical character recognition (OCR) tools that substantially accelerate the conversion of scanned Latin to Unicode text and, in the case of Rescribe, to searchable PDF format. Both are pleasant to use but require a degree of comfort with command-line tools, at least to get up and running.

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The Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC, the Network for the Study of the Archaic and Classical Greek Song, and CHS Greece invite you to attend Performing Texts, an international virtual conference to be held from June 30 through July 4, 2021.
View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Mon, 06/14/2021 - 9:29am by Erik Shell.

(Originally posted here)

Seattle, Washington - Rochelle Elizabeth Snee, born December 6, 1947, in Trenton, NJ, passed away at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA on Sunday, September 6, 2020.

Rochelle was a 1965 graduate of Dulaney High School in Lutherville - Timonium, MD. She earned her B.A. degree at the University of Maryland at College Park, majoring in Classical Studies under Wilhelmina Jashemski. She attended the University of Washington, where she earned both an M.A. and a PhD in Classics with a concentration in the Byzantine Period.

As a Classics scholar, Rochelle had many opportunities for both study and travel. She had fellowships at Colby College in Waterville, ME, to work with fellow classicists Dorothy Koonce and Peter Westervelt; and in Washington, D.C., she continued her study of Byzantium with fellowships at both Dumbarton Oaks and Catholic University. In Rome she translated ancient Greek documents in the Vatican Library; in Jerusalem she read ancient manuscripts available only to those with special permission; in Istanbul she researched for an article on Gregory Nazianzen's Anastasia Church. She was on the faculty of Pacific Lutheran University, where she taught ancient Greek, Latin, and imbued students with a knowledge of ancient history.

View full article. | Posted in In Memoriam on Wed, 06/09/2021 - 2:24pm by Erik Shell.


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