Lorenza Bennardo

Assistant Professor
PhD (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)

Contact Information

Email:  lorenza.bennardo@utoronto.ca
Phone: (416) 946-0312
Room: LI 231

Bio, Research, and Publications

Lorenza Bennardo received her M.A. from the University of Pisa and her Ph. D. from the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (dissertation title: “Gli Inferi e la prima notte di guerra. Saggio di commento a Stat. Theb. 8.1-270”). She has spent a term as visiting student at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and one year at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris. Recently, she has held a post-doctoral scholarship awarded by the University of Geneva. Her main research project considers the intersection between scholarly debates and literary production in the 1st century C.E.: in particular, the project investigates the ways in which imitation and intertextuality in Latin epic poetry create a space for reacting and/or contributing to contemporary philological discussions. She is also currently writing on the use of colour terms for creating enargeia in Statius’ poetry, and on Statius’ “Epicurean” representations of the Underworld. More generally, she is interested in ancient Epic poetry, ancient literary criticism and literary theory, the role of sensory perception in the production and reception of literature, and the reception of Virgil’s works in the Italian Renaissance (in particular, Virgil’s Aeneid as a model for Giangiorgio Trissino’s Sophonisba).

Since 2010, she has been a member of the staff of Manuscripta Vergiliana, a project working to create a database of the Carolingian and Beneventan manuscripts of Virgil.

Specialization: Latin literature

Detailed CV 

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