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Ilaria Marchesi appointed new Director of the Language Program

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January 10, 2024


Princeton Classics is absolutely overjoyed to announce that Prof. Ilaria Marchesi will be joining our faculty as University Lecturer in Greek and Latin and Director of the Classics Language Program. An expert in both Latin literature and pedagogy, Prof. Marchesi comes to the Department as Princeton's first ever externally appointed University Lecturer.

"I could not be more grateful to the Dean of the Faculty and the Provost for working with our Department to create an entirely new position," said Classics chair Barbara Graziosi. "At a time when many humanities departments, nationally and internationally, are suffering cuts, it is a real pleasure to announce an expansion. I am delighted that Prof. Ilaria Marchesi accepted our offer of this position. She is a leading authority on Latin literature, an innovator in the field of ancient-language pedagogy, and someone with an outstanding track record in program building and outreach. We are lucky to have her."

In addition to her published research on Horace, Petronius, and the classical tradition in the Middle Ages, Prof. Marchesi is a leading expert on Pliny the Younger, on whom she has published two books: the landmark monograph The Art of Pliny's Letters (Cambridge, 2008) and the edited volume Pliny the Book-Maker (Oxford, 2015). Educated at Rutgers and the University of Florence, she is currently Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at Hofstra University, where she directs the Classics Program and has taught such courses as Latin Poetry, Greek Tragedy, and Origins of Medical Terminology. Her latest book, Women in Martial: A Semiotic Reading, will be published by Oxford University Press later this year.