Martina Astrid Rodda

My dissertation project is a synchronic and diachronic analysis of formulaic variation in archaic Greek epic, on both the syntactic and semantic level. Building on current linguistic approaches that view idiomaticity and syntactic flexibility as a continuum, as well as applying modern computational methods, I aim to produce a model of formulaic variation that can be used to describe language usage in archaic epic, as well as compare it to other traditions.

I am also interested in exploring a variety of linguistic topics in ancient Greek (among others, glottochronology and particle usage), as well as in Imperial Greek literature (Lucian of Samosata) and theories of parody in antiquity.

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