Dr Leonardo Costantini

Biography

I started learning Ancient Greek and Latin at the Liceo Classico – Mazzatinti in Gubbio, my hometown in Umbria, and I continued studying classics at the University of Perugia for my BA (2011) and MA (2012/2013). I then took a PhD at the University of Leeds (2013-2016) with a dissertation devoted to Apuleius’ Apologia and ancient magic. After completing my doctorate I remained at Leeds as a Temporary Lecturer in 2017 before moving to Freiburg in summer 2017 for a DAAD short-term postdoc focusing on the reception of Apuleius’ Metamorphoses.

Between 2017 and 2018 I held a number of teaching and research posts at Leeds, Cassino, Bologna, and Bari before rejoining the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg as a Fritz-Thyssen Research Fellow and a lecturer during the last two years (2018-2020). I am delighted to be joining the Department of Classics & Ancient History at the University of Bristol in November 2020 as a Teaching Associate in Latin Language.

Teaching

Starting from November 2020 I will be teaching the following undergraduate units:

- Latin A1 and A2 (term 2)

- Latin C1

- Latin D1

- Greek A2 (term 2)

Research

My research interests involve the literary and textual aspects of the works of Apuleius, Petronius, Fronto, and Vergil for Latin, Lucian of Samosata and Plutarch for Greek, as well as broader themes such as Platonism and Greco-Roman magic. My first book Magic in Apuleius’ Apologia. Understanding the charges and the forensic strategies in Apuleius’ speech was published in 2019 by De Gruyter. My second monograph, a commentary on Apuleius’ Metamorphoses 3 for the Brill series Groningen Commentaries on Apuleius (GCA), will appear in print in the coming months. I am also preparing an edited volume with Ben Cartlidge entitled Middle Platonism in the Second Sophistic, which will be published by Oxford University Press for the BICS Themed Issues series. There, we will collect the papers of our conference “Middle Platonism and its Literary Reflections”, which took place in July 2020.

Further detail can be found on Leonardo's University of Bristol Research Portal/Pure profile here

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