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Alessandro Schiesaro

Full Professor


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The lecturer will be available to meet students on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 to 6 pm, or at the time agreed upon. In any case, please book by email to avoid unnecessary waiting.
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Alessandro Schiesaro is Professor of Latin Literature at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa. He studied in Pisa as a scholar of the Scuola Normale (Laurea, Diploma and PhD), at Berkeley (MA) thanks to a Fulbright Fellowship, and at Oxford.

His academic career began as Assistant Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he subsequently held chairs of Classics at Princeton, of Latin Language and Literature at King’s College London, and of Latin Literature at Sapienza University of Rome, where he was the Founding Director of the Sapienza School for Advanced Studies. At the University of Manchester he was Hulme Professor of Classics and served as Head of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures from 2016-21.

While at King’s he served as Head of Department and Deputy Head of School and also as chair of the University of London’s Subject Panel in Classics. He headed the Technical Secretariat for Research in Italy’s Ministry of Education (MIUR) from 2008 to 2015, and from 2015-18 he was a member of the Comitato Nazionale dei Garanti della Ricerca (CNGR);  in 2012-15 he was a member of the EU’s High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education. He is a member of the Scientific committee and the Board of the Fondazione Lorenzo Valla.

His main fields of interest include Latin literature, literary theory, psychoanalysis and cultural history; he is especially fascinated by the interaction between poetry and philosophy and by the role of poetry as a form of knowledge. His work focuses mostly on Lucretius, Virgil, Ovid and Seneca, and he has also published on Horace, Statius, Apuleius and Leopardi. He is currently writing a commentary on Aeneid 1 for Cambridge University Press.

He edits the Classical journal MAIA – Rivista di Literature Classiche - and is a member of the editorial board of Dictynna, Materiali e Discussioni per l’Analisi dei Testi Classici, Rivista di Filologia e Istruzione Classica, Studi Italiani di Filologia Classica and Trends in Classics.

He is a member of Academia Europaea and Accademia Pontaniana.

He has been a Visiting Professor at Stanford and has lectured extensively in Europe and the US.