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Giulio Celotto

Assistant Professor, General Faculty

Office Address: B017 Cocke Hall

Assistant Professor, General Faculty. 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. His first monograph, entitled ‘Amor belli’: Love and Strife in Lucan’s ‘Bellum civile’, recently came out with The University of Michigan Press.

Research Interests

My primary research interests focus on Latin Literature, that of the Imperial Age in particular. My first monograph examines the literary adaptation of the cosmological dialectic of Love and Strife in Lucan’s Bellum 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 civile transforms them from within in order to accomplish its purpose: namely, condemnation of the establishment of the Principate and the Julio-Claudian dynasty. In this book 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 poetry as well.



Amor belli: Love and Strife in Lucan’s Bellum civile. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press (2022).

Edited Volume

Women’s Voice in the Early Roman EmpireClassical World: Special Issue (forthcoming).

Articles and Chapters

“Repetitions and Variations in the Metamorphoses: Ovid’s Reappropriation of Vergil and Propertius in the Narratives of Medea and Scylla, and Byblis and Myrrha.” PLLS 18 (2021): 151-78.

“The Escalating Repetitiveness of Civil War: Lucanian Allusions in Tacitus’ Account of the Conflict between Otho and Vitellius in Historiae 1-2.” CW 114 (2021): 171-99.

“Cato’s Teachings of Virtus: Gruesome Deaths in Lucan Bellum Civile 9 and in the Hercules Oetaeus.” In Seminari Lucanei I. In memoria di Emanuele Narducci, edited by P. Esposito, 149-65. Pisa: ETS (2020).

“Rewriting Vergil: The Influence of Lucan Bellum Civile 6 on the Parades of Heroes of Juvenal Satire 2 and Dante Paradiso 6.” ICS 44 (2019): 25-41.

“The Metapoetic Function of Magic: Ovid’s Orpheus and Lucan’s Erictho.” Latomus 77 (2018): 628-45.

“Alexander the Great in Seneca’s Works and in Lucan’s Bellum Civile.” In Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Alexander the Great, edited by K. Moore, 325-54. Leiden: Brill (2018).

“Ἐνιαυτός in Hesiod Theogony 58: One-Year Pregnancy in Archaic Greek Poetry.” Hermes 145 (2017): 224-34.

“Leonidas AP 6.188 (=4 HE).” Mnemosyne 68 (2015): 479-87.

“From militia amoris to amor militiae: Vergil’s and Lucan’s Epic Adaptation of an Elegiac Motif.” In Vergil’s Elegy and Elegists’ Vergil: Gender and Genre, edited by A. Keith and M. Myers. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (forthcoming).

“Satire as a Complement to Epic and Tragedy: The Influence of Juvenal Satire 15 on Dante Inferno 32-33.” Paideia (forthcoming).

“Agathon’s Iliupersis in Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazusae.” SO (forthcoming).

“Breaking the Silence: Women’s Voice in the Early Roman Empire.” CW (forthcoming).

“Not Only Ariadne: The Influence of Catullus 11 on Aeneid 4.” Vergilius (forthcoming).

“Rewriting the Thebaid: Pietas and the Furies in Silvae 3.3 (and 5.2).” CQ (forthcoming).

“The Fluidity of Gender Roles in Catullus: A New Interpretation of Poem 11.” CJ (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.