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Consuelo Martino


Literary Constructions of the Roman Emperor in Latin Biography

Supervised by: Dr Alice Koenig (St Andrews) and Prof. Gavin Kelly (Edinburgh)

The purpose of my PhD project is to enhance our understanding of two key works of imperial biography, Suetonius’ Lives of the Caesars (2nd cent. CE) and the Historia Augusta (4th cent. CE), in their cultural-historical context by examining their interactions with other texts and literary and non-literary discourses.

Academic biography and research interests

2011- 2014: BA in Humanities (Università degli Studi di Padova)
Dissertation’s Title: Nocturna Sacrificia. Cicero and the pro Cluentio in Livy’s “Bacchanalian Affair” (39.8- 19).

2014- 2016 MA in Classical Languages and Literature and Ancient History (Università degli Studi di Padova)
Dissertation’s Title: Bodies and Power. The Use and Abuse of Corpses in Roman Politics from the Age of Sulla to the Reign of Tiberius.

Research Interests 

  • Intertextuality and Interdiscursivity in Latin Literature Prose.
  • Roman History and Historiography.
  • Roman Politics and Roman Law.
  • Roman Empire.
  • Late Roman Republic (133 – 27 BC).
  • Political Biography.
  • Cicero’s speeches and political oratory.
  • Italian literature.


“Richiami alla pro Cluentio nei Baccanali di Tito Livio”, Rivista Storica dell’Antichità, vol. 45 (2015), pp. 31 – 43.

Consuelo Martino