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Dr. Elena Giusti

Dr Elena Giusti

Assistant Professor in Latin Literature and Language

Research Seminars Co-ordinator
Dept Student Experience Representative
Dissertations Coordinator
Health & Safety Officer

Tel: 02476 5 28014
Email: E dot Giusti at warwick dot ac dot uk

H2.38, Classics and Ancient History

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


Elena Giusti joined the Classics and Ancient History department at Warwick in 2017 as Assistant Professor in Latin Literature and Language. She was previously Research Fellow in Classics at St John's College Cambridge (2015-2017) and University Teacher in Classics at the University of Glasgow (2014-2015). She studied at the University of Rome La Sapienza (BA and MA) and at King's College Cambridge (PhD).

Research interests

I have published articles and book chapters on Latin imperial literature, with contributions at the junctures between traditional philology, cultural and intellectual history and literary theory. My first monograph (Carthage in Virgil's Aeneid: Staging the Enemy under Augustus, Cambridge: CUP) explores the ideological use of Carthage in Virgil’s Aeneid, investigating ways in which the poem constructs, exploits and subverts notions of Romans and Barbarians, and hides memories of both Punic and Civil Wars behind a mythical but cautionary tale.

I am currently working on a book on Virgil's Dido and her reception (Dido of Carthage: A Classical and Literary Life, London: I.B. Tauris) and planning a second monograph (The Great Unmentioned in the Augustan Age: Augustan Poetry and its Conspiracies) on how notable characters and events passed over in silence by the Augustan poets turn the poetry itself into a locus for conspiratorial readings. Also in the pipeline is a commentary on Virgil's Aeneid Book 5 for the Fondazione Lorenzo Valla.

As collaborative projects, I am currently co-editing (with Dr Tom Geue) a volume on Absence in Latin literature and its Reception (Unspoken Rome: Absence in Latin Literature and its Reception) originated from a conference held in St Andrews. I am interested in literary theory and interpretative methodologies in Classics and have organised two experimental workshops, in Cambridge (The Fixed Handout Workshop, with Dr Siobhan Chomse and Prof. William Fitzgerald) and at Penn State University (Homo bene figuratus inter disciplinas: Methodological Variations on a Single Passage, with Dr Mathias Hanses and Dr Giovanna Laterza). I am also organising the second edition of the workshop Racing the Classics at Warwick (with Dr Rosa Andújar, Dr Sasha-Mae Eccleston and Dr Dan-el Padilla Peralta) and the 2019 Symposium Cumanum on Virgil and the Feminine together with Prof. Victoria Rimell.

In 2018-2019, I will be Dissertation Coordinator and I will be teaching my new module Africa and the Making of Classical Literature. The module, which is the subject of an IATL Academic Fellowship, considers the import of north Africa in the shaping of Western Classical Literature in the Mediterranean, and investigates the simultaneous erasure of Africa from the Western Classical canon. It also explores and discusses the history of the equation of the Classical world with modern (and colonialist) Europe, and the more recent attempts to 'decolonise' the Western Classics, together with the reactions to them (such as the famous 'Black Athena Debate' of the 80s). Thanks to generous support of the IATL, the HRC and the IAS I have been able to invite a number of national and international speakers to deliver Public Lectures in connection to it. These lectures will be the first in a new seminar series entitled Classical Connections, dedicated to Classical Reception Studies, Comparative Classical Studies, Comparative Literature with Classics and Ancient Global Classics.

I would be happy to supervise students on any topic on Latin literature and its reception, especially on projects that relate Latin literary texts to political, historical and philosophical thought, and on projects that touch upon comparative literature or classical reception. I can read and speak Japanese and have recently started studying Mandarin Chinese, and am especially interested in comparisons between Western and Eastern Classics, and in Reception of Greek and Latin literature in Far Eastern literature.

Teaching and supervision

In 2018-2019 I will be teaching:

Administrative roles



Edited Volumes

  • (in preparation) ed. with T. Geue. Unspoken Rome: Absence in Latin Literature and its Reception, under consideration at Cambridge University Press.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • (in preparation) ‘Caesarism as Stasis from Gramsci to Lucan: an “Equilibrium with Catastrophic Prospects”', in Borrello, S., Ciucciovè, R., Di Iorio, L. and Zucchetti, E. (eds.) Antonio Gramsci and the Ancient World, London: Routledge.
  • (forthcoming) ‘Aeneid 12: a Cyborg Border War,’ in G. M. Chesi and F. Spiegel (eds.) Undoing the Human: Classical Literature and the Post-Human, London: Bloomsbury.
  • (forthcoming) ‘The End is the Beginning is the End: Apocalyptic Beginnings in Augustan Poetry,’ in H. Marlow, K. Pollmann and H. Van Noorden (eds.) Eschatology in Antiquity, London: Routledge.
  • (2019) ‘Bunte Barbaren Setting Up the Stage: Re-inventing the Barbarian on the Georgics’ Theatre-Temple,’ in B. Xinyue and N. Freer (eds.) (2019), Virgil's Georgics: Reflections and New Perspectives, London: Bloomsbury, 105-14.
  • (2019) ‘Ovid’s Ars Poetica: Metapoetic Didactic in the Ars Amatoria,’ in L.G. Canevaro and D. O’Rourke (eds.) (2019) Didactic Poetry: Knowledge, Power, Tradition, Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, 151-77.
  • (2018) ‘Tiresias, Ovid, Gender and Trouble: Generic Conversions from Ars into Tristia,’ in Ramus 47.1, 1-31.
  • (2017) ‘The Metapoetics of Liber-ty. Horace’s Bacchic Ship in Seneca’s De Tranquillitate Animi,’ in M. Stöckinger, K. Winter and T. Zanker (eds.) Horace and Seneca: Interactions, Intertexts, Interpretations, Berlin: De Gruyter, 239-63.
  • (2017) ‘Virgil’s Carthage: a Heterotopic Space of Empire,’ in M. Asper and V. Rimell (eds.) Imagining Empire: Political Space in Hellenistic and Roman Literature, Heidelberg, 133-50.
  • (2016) ‘Did Somebody Say Augustan Totalitarianism? Duncan Kennedy’s “Reflections,” Hannah Arendt’s Origins, and the Continental Divide over Virgil’s Aeneid,’ in Dictynna 13. URL :
  • (2016) ‘My Enemy’s Enemy is My Enemy: Virgil’s Illogical Use of Metus Hostilis,’ in P. Hardie (ed.) Augustan Poetry and the Irrational, Oxford, 37-55.
  • (2016) ‘Dithyrambic Iambics: Epode 9 and its General(s’) Confusion,’ in P. Bather and C. Stocks (eds.) Horace Epodes: Contexts, Intertexts, and Reception, Oxford, 131-51.
  • (2015) ‘Caesar Criss-Crossing the Rubicon: a Palindromic Acrostic in Lucan (BC 1.218-22),’ in The Classical Quarterly n.s. 65, 892-4.
  • (2014) ‘Once More Unto the Breach: Virgil’s Arae and the Treaty of Philinus,’ in Studi Italiani di Filologia Classica 107.1, 61-79.
  • (2014) ‘Virgil’s Carthaginians at Aen.1.430-6: Cyclopes in Bees’ Clothing,’ in The Cambridge Classical Journal 60, 37-58.


  • (2018) Review of L. Bocciolini Palagi, La musa e la furia. Interpretazione del secondo proemio dell’Eneide (Testi e Manuali per l’insegnamento universitario del latino 135) (Bologna 2016), in Classical Review 68.2.
  • (2018) Review of S. J. Heyworth and J. H. W. Morwood, A Commentary on Vergil, Aeneid 3 (Oxford 2017), in Classical Review 68.2.

  • (2018) Review of H.-P. Stahl, Poetry Underpinning Power. Vergil’s Aeneid: the Epic for Emperor Augustus. A Recovery Study (Swansea 2016), in Classical Review 68.1.
  • (2016) Review of A. Ziosi, Didone Regina di Cartagine di Chistopher Marlowe: Metafore virgiliane nel Cinquecento (Roma 2015), in Lexis 34, 481-3.
  • (2016) Review of H. Baltussen and P. J. Davis (eds.) The Art of Veiled Speech: Self-Censorship from Aristophanes to Hobbes (Philadelphia 2015), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2016.06.24:
  • (2015) Review of N. Horsfall, Virgil Aeneid 6, A Commentary (Berlin 2013), in The Journal of Roman Studies 105: 432-34.
  • (2014) Review of J. Godwin, Ovid Metamorphoses III An Extract: 511-733 (London and New York 2014), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.08.06:


  • Giusti, E. and Lagrou, S. (forthcoming) ‘Savagery / Sauvagerie,’ in J.-P. Guez, F. Klein, J. Peigney and E. Prioux (eds.) Dictionnaire des images du poétique dans l’Antiquité.
  • Giusti, E. and Lagrou, S. (forthcoming) ‘Torture, Punishment / Torture, Châtiment,’ in J.-P. Guez, F. Klein, J. Peigney and E. Prioux (eds.) Dictionnaire des images du poétique dans l’Antiquité.


  • (2017) Cronaca del Convegno: Unspeaking Volumes: Absence in Latin Texts, University of St Andrews, 29 June-1 July 2017, in Bollettino di Studi Latini

Conferences Organized

  • (2019) Virgil and the Feminine, Symposium Cumanum at the Villa Virgiliana in Cuma, 19-22 June 2019, with Prof. Victoria Rimell.
  • (2019) Racing the Classics II, University of Warwick, 3rd May 2019, with Dr Rosa Andújar, Dr Sasha-Mae Eccleston and Dr Dan-el Padilla Peralta.
  • (2018) Homo bene figuratus inter disciplinas: Methodological Variations on a Single Passage (Vitruvius De Architectura III.1), Penn State University, 7-8 September 2018, with Dr Mathias Hanses and Dr Giovanna Laterza.
  • (2017) Unspeaking Volumes: Absence in Latin Texts, University of St Andrews, 29 June-1 July 2017, with Dr Tom Geue.
  • (2016) The Fixed Handout Workshop: Exercises and Variations in Reading Latin Texts, University of Cambridge, 16-17 April 2016; with Dr Siobhan Chomse and Prof. William Fitzgerald.


  • BA; MA (Università degli studi di Roma La Sapienza)
  • PhD (King's College Cambridge)

Office hours

Autumn 2018

Wednesdays 11-12

Thursdays 11-12


Undergraduate modules

Africa and the Making of Classical literature 


Roman Culture and Society

Postgraduate modules