Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Lucrezia Sperindio

Postgraduate Researcher


Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


I am a PhD candidate in Latin literature, supervised by Prof. Victoria Rimell and Dr. Elena Giusti. I completed my MPhil degree at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge with a thesis on temporal imagery across Horace and Seneca’s works. I previously graduated with a First Class degree at King’s College London, where my third year dissertation received a special mention in the university’s Lentakis Prize. My doctorate research is being generously funded by the EU Chancellor scholarship.


My project explores the presence and meaning of tragic elements in Horace’s Odes, in terms of intertextuality, genre-theory, and political discourse. While Horace’s use of generic contamination in relation to politics and history is well attested in scholarship, a thorough examination of his interactions with Greek and Roman tragedy is still wanting. In particular, I intend to prove that Horace does not simply (ab)use tragedy to contrast it with light-hearted lyric, but he inserts a tragic thread along his poetry, connected with the painful ‘tragic moment’ of civil war. On the one hand, tragedy seems to closely accompany historical references, including the still recent experience of civil war; on the other, tragic choruses seem to offer a model for the universal tendencies of Horatian philosophical exhortations.

Research interests

  • Intertextuality and crossing of genres.
  • Politics of Greek and Roman drama.
  • Greek and Roman Drama.
  • Genre theory.
  • Theory of lyric.
  • Hellenistic literature: Apollonius Rhodius and Hellenistic poetics.
  • Early empire Latin literature: Horace, Virgil, Seneca.
  • Literary interpretations of philosophy: Stoicism and Epicureanism.

Conferences and Seminars Attended

  • ‘Tragedy in Horace Carm. 1.2’, Laetae Segetes VII, International PhD Conference, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, November 2020.

  • ‘Tragic Intertextuality in Horace’s Carm. 1.2 and 2.1’, Postgraduate WiP Seminar, Institute of Classical Studies, London, October 2020.
  • ‘Tragic Intertextuality in Horace’s Odes’, Postgraduate Colloquium, Department of Classics and Ancient History, May 2020.

Teaching Experience

Senior GTA, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick (2020-21) - Rhetorics: from Classical Rhetoric to Modern Communication, Latin Text Option.

Outreach Projects

  • ‘The End of the Republic’, Classical Civilisation Teachers’ Day, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK (November 2020).

  • Minimus Latin Project, University of Cambridge and St. Albans Catholic Primary School, CB2 1EN, Cambridge, UK (2018-19).


‘The Poetics of Horatian Pudor in Odes 1.6’, in M., Labiano (ed.), De ayer y hoy. Contribuciones multidisciplinares sobre pseudoepígrafos literarios y documentales (De falsa et vera historia 2), Ediciones Clásicas, Madrid, 83-95, (2019).