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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