Laetae segetes VII

International PhD Student Conference
18‒20 November 2020

Biographical notes

Stefan Büttner (Wien)

Nach meinem Studium der Klassischen Philologie und Philosophie in Mainz, München und Marburg und meiner Tätigkeit als Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter bzw. Akademischer Rat an den Universitäten Marburg und Konstanz bin ich seit 2011 an der Universität Wien als Univ.-Professor für Klassische Philologie (Gräzistik) am Institut für Klassische Philologie, Mittel- und Neulatein der Universität Wien tätig. Meine Forschungsschwerpunkte sind: Antike Philosophie, Antike Ästhetik, Griechische Tragödie (speziell Euripides), Ideengeschichte.

Maria Vittoria Curtolo (Pisa)

After my MA in Humanities and Cultural Heritage at the University of Udine, I achieved a PhD position at the University of Pisa. In Udine I also attended the School for Advanced Studies of the University. My PhD thesis investigates the textual tradition of Plato’s Laches. In addition to Greek Philology and Literature, my research interests include Papyrology and Classical Archaeology: my MA thesis proposed an overall assessment on the philological contribution of all the Platonic papyri, the topic of my BA thesis was the lexicon of attributions of works of art in Pausanias’ Periegesis and I am currently working on the Riace Bronzes.

Radek Černoch (Brno)

Radek Černoch is a lawyer, his primary focus is Roman law of succession. He is also Ph.D. student of classical philology with focus on translating legal texts (esp. the Digests) from Latin. He is a co-author of Czech translation of Plautus’ comedy Curculio.

Carlo Delle Donne (Roma)

Currently, I am a PhD student in Ancient Philosophy at La Sapienza-University of Rome. My project deals with Plato’s notion of syngheneia. In 2017, I had the opportunity to take part in Bompiani’ editorial project, whereby the first Italian translation of Plutarch’s opera omnia was accomplished. Since then, I have published (and will publish) several articles on Plutarch and Plato. Along with Plato and Plutarch, I have also studied the Hippocratic corpus, particularly the problem of communication and understanding in the physician-patient relationship. A paper on this matter is to appear on the next issue of AION. I have taken part in many conferences both in Europe and outside Europe (e.g. America, Israel).

Zuzana Dzurillová (Brno)

Zuzana Dzurillová is a PhD student in Greek studies at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech republic. Her research focuses on the late Byzantine literature and the literature of Cretan Renaissance, with specific emphasis on the role of historical present tense within narratological structure of selected texts.

Jens Fischer (Halle-Wittenberg/Potsdam)

My field of study is Ancient History and my main research interests are the culture of the Augustan era, as well as Greek and Roman divination. My PhD project, which is located at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, is concerned with the political and cultural role played by Sibylline oracles and the god Apollo during the late Roman Republic and the early Augustan Principate. The project is made possible by a scholarship from the prestigious German Academic Scholarship Foundation. I also have a teaching assignment at the University of Potsdam.

Marta Fogagnolo (Pisa/Köln am Rhein)

I am a PhD student in Classical Philology at the University of Pisa (Italy), currently Hilfskraft at the University of Cologne. My research field deals with ancient Homeric philology and exegesis (my Dissertation is a commentated edition of the Homeric fragments of the grammarian Zoilus of Amphipolis). I am collaborating to the Project Supplementum Grammaticum Graecum (ed. Brill) for the edition of the Homeric fragments of Antimachus of Colophon.

Sofia Foskolou (Roma)

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Classics (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece), a Master’s degree in Latin Philology (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece), and MPhil in Classics and Ancient History (The University of Manchester, UK), and currently I am a 1st year PhD student in Philology and History of the Ancient World (La Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy).

Roman Verse Satire has been my focal point for both of my Masters dissertations. Nevertheless, my scientific interests are not confined exclusively to satire. At the heart of my specific research concentration lies a more general interest in irony, humour, laughter, the body and the face, while I am also intrigued by intertextuality and literary criticism. Recently, and on the occasion of my PhD project, I find myself stimulated by performance-related and audience-response themes.

Jurgen R. Gatt (Malta)

I am a medical doctor and a classicist, recently having completed my PhD from University College London on the topic of testimony in 5th-century forensic and historiographical Greek prose. I am currently working as a Visiting Lecturer in Classics at the University of Malta, where I also lecture on the epistemology of medicine. My research interests are testimony in the ancient world, epistemology of testimony, testimony in medicine, ancient epistemology, Hippocrates, Herodotus, and forensic rhetoric.

Gergő Gellérfi (Szeged)

Gergő Gellérfi is an associate professor at the Department of Classical philology and Neo-Latin Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Szeged. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at the same university in 2015 by defending his thesis on intertextuality in Juvenal’s Satires. His main research interest is Roman Verse Satire, but he also published papers on Lucan and Roman Papyrology.

Eleonora Giunchi (Santiago de Compostela)

Eleonora Giunchi earned her BA and MA in Classics from, respectively, the University of Milan and the University of Bologna, Italy. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. She also had the chance to be a visiting student at Ghent University and, more recently, to conduct a research stay at the University of Virginia, under the supervision of Dr. Ivana Petrovic. Her main interests centre on Greek Literature, especially the Classical and Hellenistic period, and her current research focuses on the literary use of elements resulting from combustion (ashes, firebrands, soot etc.) in Greek texts.

Victoria Maria Gleich (Potsdam)

I have finished my Master last year in Ancient History, Classical Philology and Classical Archaeology at the University of Freiburg (im Breisgau) with a thesis about the Kyroupaideia of Xenophon and started my Ph.D in April 2020 at the University of Potsdam. The title of my Ph.D. project is: Gendered Gifts in Greek Antiquity. Discursive Constructions of Male and Female Corruption from Homer to the Roman Conquest. My research interests are Xenophon, Twisted Transfers in Greek Antiquity and Gender Studies.

Kamil Cyprian Choda (Tübingen)

Kamil Cyprian Choda is finishing his Ph.D. in Ancient History at the University of Tübingen (planned submission 2020). His dissertation explores how 5th-century Christian historiography represented the Roman emperors. Kamil Cyprian Choda has published papers on heresy, eschatology and religious persuasion in late antique and early medieval historiography. He co-organized international conferences and round tables and co-edited a volume Gaining and Losing Imperial Favour in Late Antiquity: Representation and Reality (2019, Leiden: Brill). He contributed to the research project Online-Kommentar zur Chronik des Johannes Malalas and published detailed reviews of books on late antique history and literature.

Martin Jehne (Dresden)

Since 1992/3, I am teaching and doing research at the Technische Universität Dresden. I work most of all in the field of political culture, dominantly on the Roman Republic and Early Empire, but in younger years I also did some research on international politics in Classical Greece. In the recent past, I was especially interested in invectivity, which means the habits of insulting and disparaging in Roman culture and its communicative rules. With my talk I come back to one of the main problems of Roman republican history, often treated in scholarship: the reasons for the fall of the Roman Republic.

Mirón Jurík (Brno)

I’m student of Ancient History. My research interest is christianization of barbarians, Arianism and development of the Church in Late Roman Empire. I’m also interested in history of ancient Near East and conspiracy theories related to the field of history with attempt of their refutation through our sources and knowledge of historical science.

Anastasios Kantaras (Thessaloniki)

Graduate from the School of Philosophy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). Specialized in Medieval and Modern Greek Studies. MA in Byzantine Philology from the University of Crete (Rethymnon). PhD Candidate in the School of Philosophy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki specialized in Medieval Greek Philology.

Adam Kuvik (Brno)

Doctoral student of Ancient History at Masaryk University and Ancient Heritage studies at Ca'Fascari University of Venice. In my doctoral thesis, I examine the relations between Early Byzantine élites and the imperial court of Constantinople.

Tereza Kvasničková (Brno)

I am Masaryk University student in doctoral studies. I teach the subjects Ancient History of the Jews and The Image of the Jews in Antiquity. My focus is on Jewish antiquity, mostly anti-Semitism in antiquity, which is the topic of my dissertation.

Florin Leonte (Olomouc)

Florin Leonte is Assistant Professor at the Department of Classical Philology, Palacký University of Olomouc. His monograph, Imperial Visions of Late Byzantium: Manuel II Palaiologos and Rhetoric in Purple has recently been published at Edinburgh University Press. He has published several articles and book chapters on Byzantine rhetoric and epistolography. His current project explores the poetics of praise in Byzantine court rhetoric.

Adalberto Magnavacca (Pisa)

Adalberto Magnavacca is a II year PhD candidate in Classics at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa. His research project focuses on the reception of comedy and mime in Latin Archaic, Middle-Republican and Augustan poetry. His MA thesis (May 2018) was a commented edition of Germanicus’ Phaenomena fragments. His other research interests lie in Cicero’s and Catullus’ poetic works and their Ennian background, Cicero’s political treatises (especially De Re Publica), imperial epic (Lucan and the Flavians) and panegyric prose and poetry (especially Statius’ Siluae, Pliny the Younger’s Panegyricus and Apuleius’ Florida). He has participated to conferences in Prague (2018: Certissima Signa Meeting), Manchester (2019: Réseau international pour l’étude de la poésie augustéenne), Pisa (2019: Seminario internazionale di ricerche dottorali in letteratura Greca e Latina), Washington (2020: 151st SCS Annual Meeting), Turin (2020: Seminario Filologico V) and Birmingham (2020: Cicero Away Day XI).

Zuzana Mitrengová (Brno)

The subject of my research is the late Byzantine romances, in which I focus on the development of the relationship between the main love couple. I am in the third year of my studies. In the first year, I attended the International Summer School of Periodization of Byzantine Cultural History taking place in Munich and Istanbul, and in the second year I presented a paper at an online conference The World of the Late Byzantine Romance in Context: Storytelling across Europe (12th-15th c.).

Teresa Mocharitsch (Graz)

Teresa Mocharitsch studied Ancient History and Art History at the University of Graz and is currently working as a doctoral researcher on the depiction of Germanic people in the 18th century in the context of the reception of Tacitus. She is part of the project Antiquity as Topos. Phenomena of Change in the 18th Century and is an associated member of the International Graduate School Resonant Self-World Relations in Ancient and Modern Socio-Religious Practices. Her research interests include – amongst others – classical reception, history of science, Mycenaean Greece, Germanic prehistory and museology.

Renáta Mokošová (Bratislava)

I am a PhD student of translatology at the Comenius university. My dissertation deals with translations of Modern Greek literary works into Slovak language. As a part of my studies I also teach a course of Modern Greek for students of the Faculty of Philosophy. In 2019 I translated three Modern Greek plays for the Festival New Drama of the Theatre Institute of Bratislava which were published together under the name Grécka dráma. Nina Rapi, Jannis Mavritsakis, Dimitris Dimitriadis.

Francesco Mori (Roma)

I got my BA Degree in Classics from the University of Parma, with a thesis in Greek Philology on the lexicon of folly in Euripides' The Phoenician Women. I got my MD in Classical Philology from the University of Bologna, with a dissertation in Philology and Greek Literature titled Research on Euripides' “The Phoenician women”: a critical re-examination of the exodus. I am secretary of the Italian Association for Classical Culture for the Parma delegation and Teaching assistant at the University of Parma. I am currently doing my PhD at the University Roma Tre. My interests focus mainly on Greek tragedy (especially Euripides) and on Xenophon's Socratic writings, as well as Virgil's poetry, with a special attention to textual critique and historic and literary issues. Another field I research is the indirect tradition of Greek classics in the Byzantine period.

Manolis Pagkalos (Groningen)

Manolis Pagkalos is Lecturer in Ancient History and Research Fellow at the Anchoring Innovation Research Agenda (OIKOS) in the Department of Ancient History at the University of Groningen. He has previously taught at the School of Archaeology & Ancient History, University of Leicester (2014-2020), where he obtained his PhD (2018) and MA (2014) degrees. He read his first degree in History and Archaeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2010). His research focuses on memory and identity as expressed within politics and culture in Hellenistic and Roman Greece with particular interests on epigraphy and numismatics.

Libor Pruša (Brno)

I study ancient history at Masaryk University. My thesis is focused on translation of fragments of the works of Ctesias of Cnidus and its reception in later works. In the future I would like to translate more of the texts into Czech language. I am interested in history of ancient Greece, Middle East, Persia and India.

Bettina Reese (Halle-Wittenberg)

Currently, I am researcher at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg writing my PhD-thesis on the discussion on the conceivability of animal sacrifice between (mostly Neoplatonic) philosophers and Christian authors. My fields of study are religion and philosophy in the Roman Empire, especially in Imperial times and Late antiquity. I am particularly focusing on the emerging and expanding Christianity, Middle- and Neoplatonism and their quest for the salvation of the soul, and the various levels of discussion and conflict between Christianity, philosophy, and society in Imperial times.

Andrea Salayová (Brno)

I am a PhD student of classical philology at Masaryk University in Brno. My research is focused on ancient magic, specifically the use of animals in ancient magical rituals. In 2019 I have been awarded Jacobi scholarship by the German archaeological institute and spent 2 months working on my research in Munich. In 2020 I spent the spring semester at Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy.

Michaela Senkova (Leicester)

My main research interests lie in social and cultural history of Archaic and Classical Greece (c. eighth – fourth centuries BC). I am interested in how varying practices, beliefs and ideas shaped people’s lives and experiences. The areas that fascinate me the most include medicine, especially the patient’s perspective and experience, gender and secondary attributes such as age and status, and religious belief and practice. In my Ph.D. I have explored how people from different social strata manifested anxieties about their bodies through ritual practice and beyond.

Filip Schneider (Trnava)

With a focus on the Byzantine and Near Eastern history, I finished the Master degree of my studies at the Department of History at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava (with the thesis Belo III. a uhorsko-byzanské vzťahy – Béla III and the Hungarian-Byzantine relations) and the Master of Arts degree in the Eternal Rome programme at the Radboud University at Nijmegen thereafter (with the thesis Byzantine conquests in the East in the 10th century: Campaigns of Nikephoros II Phocas and John Tzimiskes as were seen in the Byzantine sources). Recently I am a PhD student at Department of Ethnology and Non-European Studies at University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, with a research focus on the Stereotypical image of Armenians in Byzantine literature.

Markéta Slažanská (Brno)

Since my bachelor studies I have been doing my research in a field of the Roman book market, i.e. editing, publishing and the final form of the book between the 1st cent. BC and the AD 1st. cent. I am currently focused on letters of M. Tulius Cicero and Pliny the Younger as the sources of my research. Besides, I take a part in a group of fellow students who ensure a course of Roman everyday life and Roman reenactment.

Lucrezia Sperindio (Warwick)

I am a second year PhD candidate at the University of Warwick. My project explores the dialogue between Horace’s lyric production and Greek and Roman tragedy. I specialised on Latin poetry and prose of the Early Empire as I worked on temporal imagery in Horace and Seneca in the course of my MPhil degree at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge. My research interests span from Greek drama and Greek archaic lyric to Latin poetry of the Early empire, while I also look into more theoretical subjects, such as intertextuality and literary theory.

Tito Storti (Bologna)

During my University career I have been interested in Greek and Latin cultures, in particular: history of political doctrines, political philosophy, history and historiography, rhetoric and oratory. In my Bachelor thesis I followed the semantic evolution of the Greek word parrhesia (“freedom of speech”), while in my Master thesis I argued a new interpretation of Plato’s Menexenus. Now I’m seeking a Phd position. My doctoral project concerns the Greek classical epitaphs and their reception in late antiquity, understood as a part of Athens’ identity constructs and political projects.

Pavel Ševčík (Brno)

PhD. student of Medieval Latin Language and Literature at Department of Classical Studies, Masaryk University, Brno. His master thesis dealt with Latin riddle tradition in Anglo-Saxon England. Now he focuses on 15th century polemic Dialogus volatilis inter aucam et passerem written by Stephen from Dolany. In the past three years, he has participated on the linguistic database of the Latin inscriptions (Hungarian Academy of Science and Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest) as a data collector and on the 2nd volume of Companion to Central and Eastern European Humanism as an author of three entries. He also contributed to the popularization of classical studies as an amateur actor in the student theatre company Titivillus.

Marek Škybraha (Brno)

Im Jahre 2018 behauptete ich die Diplomarbeit mit dem Titel: Papst Innozenz III. und Alexios IV: Ein Religiöser Faktor in den papst-byzantinischen Beziehungen an der Comenius Universität in Bratislava. In der Gegenwart bin ich ein  Ph.D. Student an der Masaryk Universität in Brün im Bereich „Lateinische Mediävistik.“ Mein Hauptorschungsinteresse ist Papsttum im 13. Jahrhundert im historischen und literarischen Kontext. Das Thema meiner Dissertation ist die literarische und historische Analyse der päpstlichen  Biografie von Innozenz III. Gesta Inocentii III.

Marek Todorov (Brno)

My field of study rests on the period of Late Roman Empire where I specialize in the topics concerning the elites and nobility of the Roman state. I concern myself with the various problems, for example about the personal power of elites or whether or not they were corrupt.

Diletta Vignola (Genova)

Diletta Vignola is a PhD student at the Università di Genova and she is currently working on the reception of Seneca’s tragedies in Flavian Epic. She studied at the Scuola Normale Superiore (2014–2019), and at the same time at the Università di Pisa, where she earned her B. A. (2017) and her M. A. (2019): B. A. Thesis: «La pietas nei Punica di Silio Italico. Alcuni casi esemplari»; M. A. Thesis: «Seneca in Silio. Memoria tragica e filosofia stoica nei Punica.

Viktor Wintner (Brno)

A PhD student of the Historical languages of the Czech lands at the Department of Classical Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno interested in biblical epic poetry and it's artistic translation into Slovak.

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