Gianmarco Bianchini

Ph.D. Candidate in Classics; Member of the Collaborative Program in Editing Ancient and Medieval Texts

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Bio and Research

I was born and raised in Rome, where I developed my interest in the Ancient world. I received both my BA (2014: magna cum laude) and MA (2016: magna cum laude & Award for the Best Graduate Students of the Year) in Classics at Sapienza Università di Roma. In my undergraduate thesis I analysed four fragmentary satyr plays of Sophocles; my graduate thesis focused on the ‘epigraphic reception’ of Ovid, i.e. on the Ovidian citations in epigraphic documents, considering the contribution of the inscriptions to the reconstruction of the Ovidian text.

My primary area of expertise is the commentary tradition of Latin poetry: in my dissertation I investigate the ways in which ancient commentators and grammarians conceived and used the linguistic auctoritas of Latin poets as tool of linguistic teaching. My research interests embrace many aspects of the Roman culture, including textual criticism and verse inscriptions: in this area I have written on the presence of Lucretius and Ovid on stone, on Pompeian metrical inscriptions, and on the contribution of epigraphy to the understanding of the institutional role of Augustus as ‘princeps‘. Moreover, as member of the Collaborative Program in Editing Ancient and Medieval Texts I’m currently working on the manuscript tradition of ps.-Asconius’ commentary on Cicero’s Diuinatio in Caecilium.

Selected publications:

  • Forthcoming. “The triclinium of the ‘Casa del Moralista’ and its inscriptions: CIL IV, 7698 = CLE 2054”. In Sylloge Epigraphica Barcinonensis
  • Forthcoming. “La réception épigraphique d’Ovide à Pompéi: CIL, IV 1595 = CLE 927”. In Présences ovidiennes. Caesarodunum 52-53 bis. Clermont-Ferrand
  • Forthcoming. “Ovidius epigraphicus. The Contribution of the Epigraphic Tradition to the Reconstruction of the Ovidian Text”. In Liu, J. (ed.). The New Frontiers of Research on the Roman Poet Ovid in the Global Context. Peking
  • 2020. “Quod peto, si colitis Manes … Nuove proposte di integrazione ad AE 1982, 69 (Roma)”. In ZPE 213. 105-107
  • 2018 “Augusto optimus princeps?”. In Segenni, S. (ed.). Augusto dopo il bimillenario. Un bilancio. Firenze. 195-206

Research Interests

Commentary tradition of Latin poetry, Latin textual criticism, Latin verse inscriptions