Dr Alessandro Vatri

Departmental Lecturer in Classical and Comparative Philology

My research looks into the connection between the linguistic form of ancient Greek literary texts and the original communicative circumstances of their reception. I am especially interested in reconstructing the native comprehension of Classical Greek in the specific socio-cultural contexts in which texts were meant to be received. To this end, I have adopted perspectives and methods of modern linguistics (in particular experimental psycholinguistics) and at the same time I have been working on ancient Greek rhetorical theory and oratorical performance. I am currently revising my DPhil thesis for publication under the title ‘Orality and Performance in Classical Attic Prose: A Linguistic Approach’. I have also published on ancient reading techniques and mnemonics, and my methodological interests include the development and use of electronic corpora.

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