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Dr Giuseppe Pezzini

Lecturer in Latin
Disabilities Coordinator (Semester 1), Dissertations Coordinator (Semester 1), Honours Adviser and Study Abroad (Semester 2)

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. Besides filling a gap as old as Donatus, 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.

I am also 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 (forthcoming with CUP).

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, 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 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 an article on Tolkien's works and poetics.

Research Students

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


Terence and the verb 'to be' in Latin
Pezzini, G. 30 Jul 2015 Oxford: Oxford University Press. 376 p. (Oxford classical monographs )
Research output: ResearchBook

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: ResearchBook

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


Lucilius and the Language of the Roman palliata
Pezzini, G. 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.
Research output: ResearchChapter

Caesar the Linguist: The Debate about the Latin Language
Pezzini, G. 2017 The Cambridge Companion to the Writings of Julius Caesar. Grillo, L. & Krebs, C. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 173-192 20 p.
Research output: ResearchChapter

Comic Lexicon: Searching for Submerged Latin from Plautus to Erasmus
Pezzini, G. 2016 Early and Late Latin: Continuity or Change?. Cambridge University Press, p. 14–46
Research output: ResearchChapter

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: ResearchChapter


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.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Aristotle’s comparative logic: a modest proposal
Gili, L. & Pezzini, G. Dec 2015 In : The Classical Quarterly. 65, 2, p. 559–571 13 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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

Contraction of est in Latin
Pezzini, G. Nov 2011 In : Transactions of the Philological Society. 109, 3, p. 327-343 17 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle


Review of Sen, R. (2016), Syllable and Segment in Latin
Pezzini, G. Jan 2018 In : Classical Philology. 113, 1, p. 92-97
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

Review of San Juan Manso, E. (2015) El Commentum Monacense a Terencio
Pezzini, G. 2018 In : Latomus. 77, p. 298-301 4 p.
Research output: ResearchBook/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.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/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: ResearchBook/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: ResearchBook/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: ResearchOther contribution


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