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Dr Gabriele Rota

Junior Research Fellow in Classics

Introduction

A product of the Italian state education system, I went to school in the provinces of Milan and Brescia and read Classics at the University of Padua (2010-13). I further pursued my passion for ancient cultures and literatures by doing an MPhil and PhD in Classics at Magdalene and Emmanuel College, Cambridge (2013-18). Then I worked as a Language Teaching Officer in the Faculty of Classics at Cambridge (2018-20); I also was Bye-Fellow at Emmanuel College and Teaching Associate at Queens’ College (2019-20). I moved to Oxford and took up my three-year Research Fellowship at The Queen’s College in October 2020.

Teaching

I am happy to supervise undergraduate theses in Classics or History on topics such as Latin literature (Cicero and early imperial prose) and Latin textual criticism (including palaeography).

Research

Broadly, my research focuses on the reception of Latin literature from Antiquity to our times. In my doctoral thesis I studied the textual history of Cicero’s letters to Atticus in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. I am currently working my thesis into a monograph, and in the long term I plan to re-edit the whole of Cicero’s correspondence.

As a Research Fellow in Classics at The Queen’s College, I am studying a phenomenon of transmission that goes by the name of interpolation – that is, the insertion of non-authorial matter into a text. Specifically, I am surveying, comparing, and trying to explain the different attitudes of critics and readers towards interpolation in Latin classical texts from Antiquity to the Enlightenment.

Research Talk

The video below is of an online talk that I gave for the Queen's College Symposium in November, 2020 entitled: '"This is not what I wrote". Three ancient victims of forgery, interpolation & fake news.'


Outreach

I am the Outreach Officer for the Centre for Manuscript and Text Cultures (CMTC) at Queen’s. My new podcast interview series can be found on YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts.