Giulio Celotto

Visiting Assistant Professor


Visiting Assistant Professor. His research mainly focuses on Latin literature of the early Empire, with especial interest in the narrative structures of Latin epic, and the intersection of gender and genre in Latin poetry. He is currently working on a book project tentatively entited ‘Si Tantus Amor Belli Tibi, Roma, Nefandi’: Love and Strife in Lucan’s ‘Bellum Civile’.

Research Interests

My primary research interests focus on Latin Literature, that of the Imperial Age in particular. I am currently working on a book project on the literary adaptation of the cosmological dialectic of Love and Strife in Lucan’sBellum Civile.According to a reading that has found favor over the last three decades, the poem is an unconventional epic that does not conform to Aristotelian norms: in order to portray his vision of cosmic dissolution, Lucan composes a poem characterized by fragmentation and disorder, lacking a conventional teleology, and whose narrative flow is constantly delayed. My study challenges this interpretation by illustrating that although Lucan invokes imagery of cosmic dissolution, he does so without altogether obliterating epic norms; rather, the Bellum Civiletransforms them from within in order to accomplish its purpose: namely, condemnation of the establishment of the Principate and the Julio-Claudian dynasty.In this monograph I also focus on other significant issues, such as Lucan’s contentious relationship with his models, especially Vergil and Latin elegy, and his influence on later authors, particularly the Flavian epicists Valerius Flaccus, Statius, and Silius Italicus. These same concerns are reflected in my published work and presentations. Although Latin literature is my area of specialization, I maintain a strong interest in Greek poety as well.


“Alexander the Great in Seneca’s Works and in Lucan’s Bellum Civile,” in K. Moore (ed.), Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Alexander the Great, Leiden 2018, 325-354.

“Ἐνιαυτός in Hesiod Theogony 58: One-Year Pregnancy in Archaic Greek Poetry,”Hermes 145 (2017): 224-234.

“Leonidas AP 6.188 (=4 HE),” Mnemosyne 68 (2015): 479-487.

“The Metapoetic Function of Magic: Ovid’s Orpheus and Lucan’s Erictho,” Latomus (forthcoming).

“From Militia Amoristo Amor Militiae: Language of Rape in Lucan’s Account of the Deforestation of the Sacred Grove of Massilia,” in A. Keith and M. Myers (eds.), Vergil’s Elegy and Elegists’ Vergil: Gender and Genre, Toronto (forthcoming).


I completed my B.A. (2007) and M.A. (2009) at the University of Naples “Federico II,” and received my Ph.D. in Classics (2017) from Florida State University. After spending a research period at the University of California, Irvine, I served as Visiting Assistant Professor in Classical Studies at Concordia College, Moorhead.