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Dr Giuseppe Pezzini

Senior lecturer in Latin

gp63@st-andrews.ac.uk

Phone: 01334 462601

Room: C32

Research profile

Research Interests

  • Roman republican literature and culture
  • Roman comedy
  • Latin language, from the early Republic to the 21st century
  • Ancient linguistics
  • Metre, textual criticism, and digital humanities
  • History of classical scholarship

Current Research

My main project is an edition of and commentary on Terence's Heauton Timorumenos, which I am preparing for the Cambridge 'Orange Series'. This is a most brilliant and influential play, written by one of the most central Latin authors, who has been largely neglected over the last two centuries. The commentary aims to develop a new interpretation of this author, focusing on Terence's key role in the integration of Greek culture and the creation of a literature for the rising power of Rome. These are research areas in which I am particular interested, and which I am currently investigating through a project on the special relationship between Pergamene Culture and Rome (with Thomas Nelson and Stefano Rebbeggiani), and a commentary of Lucretius DRN 4 (under contract with Lorenzo Valla).

I have also been involved in a collaborative project with Barney Taylor (Oxford), on linguistic thought in late republican Rome. I began research on this topic with a chapter on Caesar's linguistic 'ideology', and I carried it forward through an edited volume, which focused on one of the key questions at the core of linguistics (ancient and modern), that is the relation between language and reality (CUP 2019).

Moreover, I have a strong interest and expertise in the history and variation of Latin, both as the language of Rome, written and spoken, and as the lingua franca of Europe until the 16th century. This interest developed especially during the preparation of my first book (Oxford 2015), focusing on the verb 'to be' in Latin and its contracted forms, as well as during my work as assistant editor for the Oxford Dictionary of Medieval Latin of British Sources. I'm developing these interests with work for an edited volume on Early Latin language (with James Adams and Anna Chahoud, forthcoming with CUP).

I have also wide interests in Greek and Latin literature in general and in the History of Classical Scholarship and its cultural implications; I believe that technical subjects such as language, metre and textual criticism, as well as digital resources, should be neither auto-referential nor underestimated: minima cura si maxima uis.

As a sideline (last but not least), I have published works on modern literature, including an Italian edition of Oscar Wilde's Happy Prince and articles on Tolkien's works and poetics, stemming from a collaboration with the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts at the University of St Andrews (ITIA).

Research Students

I would be very happy to supervise research in any of the above areas, and beyond.

Publications

A Critical Guide to Early Latin Language
Pezzini, G. (ed.), Adams, J. N. (ed.) & Chahoud, A. (ed.), 2020, (Accepted/In press) Cambridge University Press.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Gasparo Contarini, The Republic of Venice
Pezzini, G. & Sabetti, F., 2019, (Accepted/In press) University of Toronto Press.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Language and Nature in the Classical Roman World
Pezzini, G. (ed.) & Taylor, B. (ed.), 2019, Cambridge University Press.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Terence and the verb 'to be' in Latin
Pezzini, G., 30 Jul 2015, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 376 p. (Oxford classical monographs ) https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736240.001.0001
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Classics Scholars: between Theory and Practice
Pezzini, G. (ed.) & Rebeggiani, S. (ed.), 2013, Fabrizio Serra Editore.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Oxford Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources: Fascicules XV–XVII (salvator - Z)
Pezzini, G. (ed.), Howlett, D. (ed.), Ashdowne, R. (ed.), Thakkar, M. N. A., Sneddon, S. (ed.), Korn, K. (ed.) & White, C. (ed.), 2013, Oxford University Press.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

 

Donatus’ Commentum Terentii and its prefatory material
Pezzini, G., 2020, (Accepted/In press) The Oxford Guide to the Transmission of the Latin Classics. Stover, J. (ed.). Oxford University Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Early Latin Lexicon in Roman Comedy?
Pezzini, G., 2020, (Accepted/In press) A Critical Guide to Early Latin Language. Adams, J., Chahoud, A. & Pezzini, G. (eds.). Cambridge University Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Early Latin Metre
Pezzini, G. & De Melo, W., 2020, (Accepted/In press) A Critical Guide to the Early Latin Language. Adams, J., Chahoud, A. & Pezzini, G. (eds.). Cambridge University Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Scholia Bembina, Eugraphius, and other Latin antique scholarship on Terence
Pezzini, G., 2020, (Accepted/In press) The Oxford Guide to the Transmission of the Latin Classics. Stover, J. (ed.). Oxford University Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Orthography
Pezzini, G., 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Latin Textual Criticism. De Melo, W. & Scullion, S. (eds.). Oxford University Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The early Lucilius and the language of the Roman palliata
Pezzini, G., Mar 2018, Lucilius and Satire in Second-Century BC Rome. Breed, B. W., Keitel, E. & Wallace, R. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 162-183 22 p. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316995334.006
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Caesar the linguist: the debate about the Latin language
Pezzini, G., Dec 2017, The Cambridge companion to the writings of Julius Caesar. Grillo, L. & Krebs, C. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 173-192 20 p. (Cambridge companions to literature). https://doi.org/10.1017/9781139151160.013
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Comic lexicon: searching for submerged Latin from Plautus to Erasmus
Pezzini, G., Oct 2016, Early and late Latin: continuity or change?. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 14–46 https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781316450826.003
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Amedeo Peyron: umanesimo e filologia nella Torino di primo Ottocento
Pezzini, G., 2013, Classics Scholars: between Theory and Practice. Pezzini, G. & Rebeggiani, S. (eds.). Pisa and Rome: Fabrizio Serra Editore, p. 77-87
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

The lords of the west: cloaking, freedom and the divine narrative in Tolkien's poetics
Pezzini, G., 22 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Inklings Studies. In press
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Terence and the speculum uitae: ‘realism’ and (Roman) comedy
Pezzini, G., 9 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Harvard Studies in Classical Philology. In press
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The authors of Middle Earth: Tolkien and the mystery of literary creation
Pezzini, G., Apr 2018, In : Journal of Inklings Studies. 8, 1, p. 31-64 34 p. https://doi.org/10.3366/ink.2018.0003
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Aristotle’s comparative logic: a modest proposal
Gili, L. & Pezzini, G., Dec 2015, In : The Classical Quarterly. 65, 2, p. 559–571 13 p. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0009838815000385
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Consonance of Final -s and Asyndetic Accumulation in Latin Poetry
Pezzini, G., 2015, In : Mnemosyne. 68, p. 987-1001
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Contraction of est in Latin
Pezzini, G., Nov 2011, In : Transactions of the Philological Society. 109, 3, p. 327-343 17 p. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-968X.2011.01283.x
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

Non una traduzione: un dialogo con Virgilio (Review of S. Heaney, Eneide Libro VI, a cura di Marco Sonzogni)
Pezzini, G., 7 Apr 2019, Il Sole 24 Ore, p. 22.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

Review of Cioffi, C. (2017-2018), Aeli Donati quod fertur Commentum ad Andriam Terenti & Prolegomena a Donato, Commentum ad Andriam
Pezzini, G., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Gnomon. Zeitschrift für die gesamte klassische Altertumswissenschaft..
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Fimi, D. & Honegger, T. (edd.) (2019), Sub-Creating Arda: World-Building in J.R.R. Tolkien's Work, its Precursors and its Legacies
Pezzini, G., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Inklings Studies. 9, 2
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Spangenberg Yanes, E. (2017), Prisciani Caesariensis Ars, Liber XVIII. Pars altera 2
Pezzini, G., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Athenaeum.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Bello imparare il Latino con i metodi dell'epoca (Review of E. Dickey, 'Learn Latin from the Romans', Cambridge 2018)
Pezzini, G., 11 Nov 2018, Il Sole 24 Ore, p. 23.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

Review of Sen, R. (2016), Syllable and Segment in Latin
Pezzini, G., 26 Jan 2018, In : Classical Philology. 113, 1, p. 92-97 https://doi.org/10.1086/695498
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of San Juan Manso, E. (2015) El Commentum Monacense a Terencio
Pezzini, G., 2018, In : Latomus. 77, 1, p. 298-301 4 p. https://doi.org/10.2143/LAT.77.1.3284731
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

The emergence of Latin literature: Review of Feeney, D. (2016) Beyond Greek. The beginnings of Latin literature
Pezzini, G., Apr 2017, In : The Classical Review. 67, 1, p. 59–61 3 p. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0009840X16002924
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Moore, T. J. (2012) Music in Roman Comedy
Pezzini, G., 2014, In : Classical World. 108, p. 129–30
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of Cavazza, D. (2011) [Maximi Victorini] Commentarium de ratione metrorum (Hildesheim: Weidmann)
Pezzini, G., 2013, In : Gnomon. Zeitschrift für die gesamte klassische Altertumswissenschaft.. 85, p. 324-328
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

 

Description of Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 362 (440): Terentius Comoediae, Hymnus
Pezzini, G., 2015, e-codices – Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland.
Research output: Other contribution

 

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