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Dr Alessandro Vatri
BA & MA Sapienza (Rome), DPhil Oxf


Research Assistant in Comparative Philology, Faculty of Classics
Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College


Wolfson College


Dr Alessandro Vatri
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I studied Classics and Comparative Philology at the Universities of Rome – Sapienza and Oxford (as a visiting student). I joined Exeter College for a DPhil (2009) and migrated to Wolfson College (2011) on an Isaiah Berlin/Classics Department Scholarship. I have been Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Comparative Philology and Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow of Wolfson College since 2014.

Research Keywords:

Ancient Greek linguistics, Greek rhetoric and literary criticism, Greek oratory, Ancient Greek cultural history, digital humanities

Research Interests:

The main focus of my research is the study of Greek language and literature as media of communication in classical antiquity. In particular, I have investigated native language comprehension in the original contexts of reception of the classical texts, and my doctoral thesis draws extensively on the findings and methodologies of modern psycholinguistics. I have also worked on closely connected fields, such as the social and cultural history of the ancient world, ancient Greek rhetoric and literary criticism, and oratorical performance. I am also actively interested in the development of tools and methods for the study of language through digital text corpora.

Selected Publications:

'Between Song and Prose: the Meaning(s) of Harmonia in Aristotle's Rhetoric and Poetics', in Rhetorica, (forthcoming).

'Public performance and the language of Antiphon's speeches', in A Theatre of Justice: aspects of performance in Greco-Roman oratory and rhetoric, A. Seraphim and B. Da Vela (eds.), (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).

'Ancient Greek Writing for Memory: Textual Features as Mnemonic Facilitators', Mnemosyne, (2015), Notes: Pre-published online.

'Computational valency lexica for Latin and Greek in use: a case study of syntactic ambiguity', Co-author: Barbara McGillivray, Journal of Latin Linguistics, Vol: 14/1, (2015), 101-26.

'The physiology of Ancient Greek reading', Classical Quarterly, Vol: 62, (2012), 633-47.