Department of ClassicsUniversity of Cincinnati
Department of Classics

Emilia  Alexa  Barbiero 

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Emilia A. Barbiero (PhD Toronto, 2014) is a philologist whose research interests focus on Roman republican literature and ancient epistolography. Her current project is a book on the letters in Plautus which seeks to discern how the playwright manipulates epistolary conventions to cause comic mischief and uses text as a prop in the oral medium of drama. It argues that the embedded letters in the corpus represent the theatrical script, and therefore that they both demonstrate the textuality of the oeuvre and function metapoetically to cast an image of Plautus’ creativity within the play. Emilia has published on various other Plautine topics besides letters, including the interaction of oratory and comedy, Plautus' conceptions of 'the new' and the mode of his translation, and has also written articles on Second Sophistic and late antique epistolography. Next, she plans to work on intermediality in the Catullan corpus.

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