Paolo Asso, Curriculum Vitae


Last updated Thursday, June 6, 2013


Positions Held

       University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2008- Assistant Professor of Classical Studies (on leave 2011-2012; up for tenure AY 2013-14; complete tenure file due June 1st, 2013)

2007-8 Lecturer in Classical Studies

2006-7 Visiting Assistant Professor

Kenyon College: 2003-6 Assistant Professor of Classics

Swarthmore College: 2002-3 Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics

Princeton University: 2001-2 Research Investigator Associate in Classics (ThesCRA project: http://www.getty.edu/bookstore/titles/thesCRA1.html)


Research Interests

Lucan; Latin literature (esp. post-Augustan and early Latin); Greek and Roman epic; Identity and Gender; Reception; Greek and Latin Meter; Mythology; Textual criticism; History of classical scholarship and of the manuscript tradition of Latin texts; early Renaissance Latin


Education

Princeton University

2002 (November) Ph.D. in Classics (Literature and Philology)

Ph.D. Dissertation: “Myth and History in Lucan’s African Interlude: A Commentary on Bellum Civile 4.581-824; 9.300-510.” Supervisors: D.C. Feeney (director), R.E. Fantham, R.A. Kaster

2000 (June) M.A. in Classics

Istituto Universitario Orientale (Naples, Italy)

1991 (December) Laurea in Lettere Classiche (Classical Philology) summa cum laude. Thesis: “Problemi critico-testuali e interpretativi nei Punica di Silio Italico.” Supervisors: Enrico Flores (director), Domenico Tomasco


Books

  1. Lucan, De Bello Civili, Book IV, ed., Engl. transl., and comm.. Texte und Kommentare, vol. 33. Berlin/NewYork: De Gruyter, 2010


  Edited book:

  1. Brill’s Companion to Lucan. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2011


In preparation:

3.Ideas of Africa in the Roman Literary Imagination (monograph; editing and vetting completed draft)

4.Coluccio Salutati, De Nobilitate Legum et Medicinae. On the relative merits of Law and Medicine (in-progress edition and translation; under contract for the Renaissance series ‘I Tatti’, Harvard University Press)


Peer reviewed and anonymously refereed articles and chapters

“Tears in Lucan” in ed. Thomas Baier, Götter und menschliche Willensfreheit: Von Lucan bis Silius Italicus. Zetemata: Monographien zum klassischen Altertumswissenschaft, vol. 142. Munich: Verlag C.H. Beck, 2012: 159-170

“The Idea of Africa in Lucan” in African Athena: New Agendas, ed. Daniel Orrells, Gurminder Bhambra, and Tessa Roynon. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011: 225-238

“Queer Consolation: Melior's Dead Boy in Statius' Silvae 2.1.” AJP (2010) 663-697

“Apostrophe in Lucan.” Materiali e Discussioni per l’analisi dei testi classici 61 (2008) 245-57

“Human Divinity: Hercules in the Punica.” Vichiana (2003) 221-41; reprinted with revisions as “Hercules as a Paradigm of Roman Heroism” in Brill’s Companion to Silius Italicus, ed. by Antony Augoustakis. Leiden/New York: Brill, 2010: 179-92


Other articles and chapters

1.“And Then It Rained Shields: Revising Nature and Roman Myth” in Brill’s Companion to Lucan, ed. by Paolo Asso. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2011: 383-98

2.“Il genere consolatorio da Stazio alle letterature europee.” Vichiana (2008) 176-96

3.“The Function of the Fight: Hercules and Antaeus in Lucan.” Vichiana (2002) 59-73

4.“Passione eziologica nei Punica di Silio Italico: la morte di Pirene.” Annali dell'Istituto Universitario Orientale di Napoli.  Classe di Lettere e Filosofia: Sezione Filologico-Letteraria = AIONfilol (2001) 215-32

5.“Il palinsesto Pierpont Morgan 482.”  Vichiana (1999) 15-16 (with M. Paladini)

6.“Passione eziologica nei Punica di Silio Italico: Trasimeno, Sagunto, Ercole e i Fabii.”  Vichiana (1999) 75-87

7.“A proposito dell'edizione di J. Delz, Sili Italici Punica, Stutgardiae, in aed. B. G. Teubneri, 1987, e di P. McGushin, The Transmission of the Punica of Silius Italicus, Amsterdam 1985.” AIONfilol (1995) 329-35

8.“A proposito di un manoscritto miscellaneo fiorentino contenente excerpta dai Punica di Silio Italico.” Vichiana (1993) 126-28


Articles and chapters in progress:

“Africa in Silius (under review)

“Africa, Queen Dido, and Carthage in the Aeneid” (under review)

“Statius and Apollonius” in The Cambridge Companion to Apollonius, ed. by Jackie Murray and Chad Schroeder (under contract)

“Lucan and Caesar” (in progress)

“Africa in Lucan and Claudian” (in progress)


Book Reviews

  1. 1. In preparation: Anatomizing Civil War: Studies in Lucan’s Epic Technique. (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2012)

  2. 2. In preparation: A Companion to Perseus and Juvenal, ed. by Susanna Braund and Josiah Osgood. (Maldem, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)

  3. 3. In preparation: Marco Anneo Lucano, Bellum Civile (Pharsalia) Libro IV, a cura di Paolo Esposito. (Naples: Loffredo, 2009)

  4. 4. Classical World 2012: P. Roche, Lucan: De bello ciuili, Book 1, edited with Introduction, Text, and Commentary. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.)

  5. 5. New England Classical Journal 2005: Charles Stanley Ross (trans.), Publius Papinius Statius. The Thebaid. Seven Against Thebes. (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.)

  6. 6. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2005: P. Esposito/E.M. Ariemma, eds.  Lucano e la tradizione dell'epica latina.  Atti del Convegno Internazionale di Studi, Fisciano-Salerno, 19-20 ottobre 2001 (Naples: Edizioni Scientifiche, 2004)

  7. 7. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2004.11.02: D.R.S. Bailey, Statius, Vols. II & III: Thebaid and Achilleid (Cambridge, MA, 2003)

  8. 8. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2003.10.05 D.R.S. Bailey, Statius, Vol. I: Silvae (Cambridge, MA, 2003)

  9. 9. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2002.07.36 E. Narducci, Lucano: un'epica contro l'impero (Rome/Bari, 2002)


Translations of contemporary scholarship

English into Italian:

1.Benjamin Acosta-Hughes, Leukai phthengomenai selides: sulla fortuna di Saffo nella poesia alessandrina (to appear in Appunti Romani di Filologia 2)

2.Elaine Fantham, ‘Mania e medicina nei Menaechmi e in altri testi,’ in Menaechmi, Sarsina 30 settembre 2006: Lecturae Plautinae Sarsinates 10 (Urbino: Quattroventi, 2007)

German into Italian:

3.Stanley Corngold, ‘Origine: la forza dell’origine’ (exhibit catalog for sculptor Bruno Freddi, Galerie Michael Blaszczyk, Bad Homburg, Germany, 3/11-4/12, 2003)


Oral Presentations

  “Africa in Lucan and Claudian,” November 10, 2012, Fondation Hardt, Geneva, Switzerland: “Lucain et Claudien face-à-face.” [Conference schedule: http://www.unige.ch/lettres/antic/latin/Actualites/Lucain/Depliant_Colloque_LucainClaudien_print.pdf]

“Africa in Roman Epic,” September 2011, Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research, Harvard University (summary: http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2011/10/4/asso-ancient-roman-art/)

  “Africa in Silius Italicus,” Pacific Rim Latin Conference,July 2011, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia: http://classics.org.au/silius/

  “Tears in Lucan,” June 2010, Villa Virgiliana, Cuma, Italy

  “Emotions and the rhetoric of fate in civil war: A case study in dacryology,” at ‘Götter, Emotionen und Willensfreiheit im römischen Epos des 1. Jahrhunderts n. Chr.’ a conference organized by Thomas Baier, Institut für Klassische Philologie der Bayerischen Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg, Germany.  February 24-27, 2010

  “Africa in Lucan”

August 2009, Fédération Internationale des Associations des Études Classiques, Berlin, Germany

April 2009, Classical Association/Classical Association of Scotland, Glasgow, UK

February 2008, University of Michigan

June 2008, Université de Bordeaux

February 2007, Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II” and Univerisità degli Studi di Salerno

“Roma: Una democrazia mancata,” at ‘Il destino della democrazia,’ May 2009, Network of Italian Scholars Abroad (NISA), Naples, Italy 

“Apostrophe in Lucan,” April 2009, Classical Association of the Mid-West and South, Minneapolis

“Il genere consolatorio da Stazio alla letteratura europea,” February 27, 2008, Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”

“Queer Consolation: Melior's Dead Boy in Statius' Silvae 2.1,” American Philological Association, January 2006, Montreal, Canada

“The Evil of Mother Africa and Her Monsters in Flavian Epic: A Reading of Regulus’ Fight against the Serpent in the Punica,” Classical Association of the Mid-West and South, San Louis, April 2004

    “And Then It Rained Shields: Lucan and the Roman Past,” American Philological Association, San Francisco, January 3, 2004

Pariterque fleamus: Statius' Consolatory Manner in Silvae 2.1,” Ohio Classical Conference, November 1, 2003

“Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: Lucretius, DRN 4.907-1029 and the Sound of Images,” American Philological Association, January 6, 2001

“Melior's Glaucias: (Statius Silvae 2.1),” Classical Association of the Atlantic States, April 29, 2000

“Passione eziologica nei Punica di Silio Italico,” Università degli Studi di Napoli ‘Federico II,’ January 24, 2000

“The Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite: Crossing the Boundary of (Im)mortality,” CorHaLi 1997, June 8, 1997


Teaching

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 2007-present

    Ph.D. Dissertations Directed

        Nicholas Rupert (Classical Studies): “Statius’ Achilleid and the Poetics of Self-Reception” (in progress)

    Ph.D. Dissertation Committee Member

       Olga Greco (Comparative Literature): “Russia's Rome(s): The Evolution of the Eternal Signifier in Russian Historical and Cultural Narratives

       Clara Bosak-Shroeder (Classical Studies): “Ethnography, Ecology, and History in Classical Literature” (provisional title; in progress)

       Kate Allen (Classical Studies): “Smell in Latin Literature” (provisional title; in progress)

       Alessio Mancini: Commento a Lucano, Bellum Civile, libro VIII (Classics, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy)

    Honors Theses Directed

        Miriam Kamil: Sincerity and Satire in the Lesbia Poems of the Catullan Corpus (HHH) 2013

        Perot Bissel: Lucan (HHH) 2010

        Amanda Mennis: Sexual Deviance in the Neronian Age (HH) 2010




    Courses

Seminar on Roman Epic for PhD students (Fall 2013)

Medical Terminology (Winter 2013, 2014)

History of Roman Literature 2: from Virgil’s Aeneid to Apuleius (for PhD students, Fall 10)

Advanced Latin prose composition (for PhD students, Fall 08; Winter 13)

Greek Mythology (Winter 10, Fall 12, Fall 13)

Upper intermediate Latin prose: Livy 6 (Winter 10)

Intermediate Latin prose composition (for undergraduates, Fall 09)

Africa, Race & Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean (1st yr. writing seminar, Fall 09, 10; Winter 11; Fall 12)

Africa in the Ancient Literary Imagination (1st yr. seminar, Winter 09)

Upper intermediate Latin poetry: Seneca and Lucan (Winter 09); Ovid’s Fasti and selections (Fall 10)

Plutarch’s Life of Antony (Advanced Greek, Winter 08)

Intermediate Latin (3rd year): Caesar’s Bellum Civile (Fall 07, 08)

Intermediate Greek (3rd and 4th year: Plato’s Apology (Fall 07)

4th semester Latin: Virgil’s Aeneid (Fall 07, Winter 08, Winter 11)

Roman Literature in Translation (Winter 07, two sections)

Kenyon College 2003-2006 (Assistant Professor of Classics; on leave 2006-2007)

Elementary Greek (year course: 04-5 and 05-6)

Classical Mythology (Fall 04 and 05)

Intermediate Latin: Virgil’s Aeneid (Spring 04 and 05)

Elementary Latin (year course: 03-4)

Advanced Greek: Theocritus (Fall 03)

Roman Literary Obsessions (Latin Literature in translation, Spring 04)

Honors Latin: Cicero, De re publica 2003-4 (independent reading)

Advanced Greek: Heraclitus 2004-5 (independent reading)

Swarthmore College 2002-3 (Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics)

Intensive First-Year Greek (yearlong)

Intermediate Latin: Catullus; Cicero’s Pro Archia

Senior Honors Latin Seminar: Virgil's Aeneid

Advanced Latin: Post-Augustan Poetry (Lucan and Juvenal)

Princeton University 1998-2001 (Graduate Student Teaching Assistant and Instructor)

Greek History: Archaic and Classical Greece, Spring 01 (two sections)

Intermediate Latin: The Age of Catullus, Fall 99 (independently taught)

Origins and Nature of English Vocabulary, Spring 99 (two sections)

Classical Mythology, Fall 98 (two sections)

Liceo Classico, Seminario Vescovile in Aversa, Italy, 1992-93 (High school teacher)

Greek and Latin grammar and literature; Italian language and literature; European history; World geography


University/Collegiate Service

University of Michigan

2012-13 Classical Literature Brown Bag Talks Coordinator; Ph.D. job search advisor

2010-11 Department Executive Committee; Time Schedule Committee; Hosting

2009- Rackham Faculty Ally for Diversity

2008-10 Undergraduate Concentration Advisor: Classical Languages and Literature

2009-10 Undergraduate Affairs Committee and FACTIO Advisor

2008-9 Newsletter Committee

2008 Latin Program Committee

2007-8 Nomination Committee, Gerald F. Else Lecture in the Humanities

Kenyon College

Member, Hiring Committees in Classics (2003-5) and Italian (2004-5)

Member, Committee for the Performance Evaluations for Classics Faculty (2003-5)

Report Writer, Departmental Faculty Research Evaluation (2003-4)

Judicial Board (2004-2005: heard harassment and other conduct infringement cases, reported confidentially to college administrators and public enforcement)


Scholarly Service

Anonymous referee for The American Journal of Philology, The Classical Journal, and Phoenix.  Member of the APA Committee on the Status of Women and Minority Groups. Elected member of the Steering Committee of the Women Classical Caucus.


Computer Skills

PC, Mac, and Unix platforms; Web editing (html, Dream Weaver, Photoshop); personal websites:

Active, personally maintained site: http://www.paoloasso.com

Obsolete sites (publicly viewable but no access to server since 2008): http://classics.kenyon.edu/assop/http://www-personal.umich.edu/~passo/http://www.swarthmore.edu/Humanities/passo1/


Ancient Languages:

Ancient Greek (reading); Latin


Modern Languages:

Italian (native); English; French; Dutch; German (reading); Modern Greek (reading); Spanish (reading)


Professional Affiliations

American Philological Association

Classical Association of the Middle, West, and South

The Virgilian Society

The Lambda Classical Caucus

Women Classical Caucus

Classical Association (of the UK)


Grants and Awards

Harvard University - Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellowship, Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research (2011-2012) W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow and Scholar-in-Residence: http://dubois.fas.harvard.edu/paolo-asso ($25,000) - Completed First Draft of Manuscript on Africa

Research Awards at the University of Michigan (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)

Research Awards at Kenyon College (2003, 2004, 2006)

ETC WebStudio 2001, Princeton University (June 26-August 2, 2001): Intensive Web Design Workshop (highly selective admission criteria)

Summer Stipend in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Princeton University (Two consecutive Summers, 2000 and 2001)

Stanley F. Seeger Award, Program in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University (Summer 1998)

Thomas F. Curley III Award, Department of Classics, Princeton University (Summer 1998)

“New Tools for Teaching and Research” workshop, Princeton University (June 9-13, 1997)

Istituto Universitario Orientale (Naples, Italy): study-abroad national grant recipient for two acad. years, 1993-4 and 1995-6: Princeton University

Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici (Naples, Italy), grant recipient for three acad. years (1990-3)