Vittorio Bottini


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My research interests span Hellenistic poetry and Greek Imperial Literature, with a special focus on fables and ancient novels. My Oxford M. St. thesis, for instance, investigated the role of direct discourse in the characterisation of Medea and the Lemnian women in Apollonius’ Argonautica showing that they are the only female characters that resort to modes of expression most commonly used by men. Moreover, I am particularly interested in the study of poetry books, from Posidippus to Babrius. I am currently working on a project on Babrius’ Mythiambi discussing the aesthetics of their arrangements by tracing an authorial design in the sequence of fables in the Athoan codex.

After liceo classico in Milan, I continued my study of Latin and Ancient Greek literature and language with a four-year M.A. at the University of St Andrews, where I wrote my thesis (“All that glitters is not gold: Cleitophon’s infidelity in Leucippe and Cleitophon”) under the supervision of Prof. J. König. During my time at St Andrews, I was awarded a scholarship to spend an academic year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016-2017). During that time, I co-authored with Prof. Babcock and others “The Education of a Princess: Beatrice of Aragon and her Manuscript of Cicero’s De Senectute” (Codices Manuscripti & Impressi 112/ 113). In 2019, I obtained a M.St. in Greek and Latin language and literature from Oxford (St Hugh’s college), where I studied Hellenistic poetry, palaeography, and textual criticism, and wrote my dissertation (“Female Voice in Apollonius’ Argonautica”) under the supervision of Prof. S.J. Heyworth. In the fall of 2019, I started my PhD in Toronto to work with Prof. R. Höschele.