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Dr. Elena Giusti

Dr Elena Giusti

Assistant Professor in Latin Literature and Language

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

My interests extend widely across the range of Latin and Greek literature and historiography, and encompass Classical Reception, Comparative Literature, Literary Theory and Intellectual History.

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) 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 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 as a locus for conspiratory readings. I am also co-editing with Dr Tom Geue (St Andrews) a volume on Absence in Latin literature and its Reception (Unspoken Rome: Absence in Latin Literature and its Reception).

Teaching and supervision

In 2017-2018 I will be teaching:

I am happy to supervise research in the field of Latin literature and beyond, including Comparative Literature and Classical Reception.

Administrative roles

  • Research Seminars Coordinator
  • Health & Safety Officer



  • (2018) Carthage in Virgil's Aeneid: Staging the Enemy under Augustus, Cambridge.

Edited Volumes

  • (in preparation) ed. with T. Geue. Unspoken Rome: Absence in Latin Literature and its Reception

Articles and Book Chapters

  • (in preparation) ‘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, Routledge.
  • (forthcoming) ‘Bunte Barbaren Setting Up the Stage: Re-inventing the Barbarian on the Georgics’ Theatre-Temple,’ in N. Freer, F. Mac Góráin, B. Xinyue (eds.) New Perspectives on Virgil’s Georgics, London.
  • (forthcoming) ‘Ovid’s Ars Poetica: Metapoetic Didactic in the Ars Amatoria,’ in L.G. Canevaro and D. O’Rourke (eds.) Didactic Poetry: Knowledge, Power, Tradition, Swansea.
  • (2018) ‘Tiresias, Ovid, Gender and Trouble: Generic Conversions from Ars into Tristia,’ forthcoming in Ramus 47.
  • (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, 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 H.-P. Stahl, Poetry Underpinning Power. Vergil’s Aeneid: the Epic for Emperor Augustus. A Recovery Study (Swansea 2016), in Classical Review 68.1. 4.
  • (2016) Review of A. Ziosi, Didone Regina di Cartagine di Chistopher Marlowe: Metafore virgiliane nel Cinquecento (Roma 2015), in Lexis 34, 481-3. 5.
  • (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: 6.
  • (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


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

Office hours

Autumn 2017

Tuesdays 11-12

Wednesdays 11-12