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Daniela Mairhofer

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I grew up in the Tyrolean Alps (Thiersee, Austria). A classical philologist, I received a Ph.D. (summa cum laude) from the University of Innsbruck, where I was also trained as a manuscript expert. I joined the Classics department at Princeton in September 2016, after having taught the Classics for two years at the University of Vienna. Prior to that, over the period of six-and-a-half years, I held four different research positions at Oxford University, where I also taught.

My research focuses primarily on Latin language and literature, with a particular interest in Late and Medieval Latin, on textual transmission and criticism, paleography and codicology, the history of the book, and Neoplatonism. I am currently working on a monograph and an edition (with commentary and translation) of a Medieval Latin text with the charming title Totum nihil (‘A whole lot of nothing’), which I discovered a number of years ago, and which has preoccupied me ever since.

Most recent major publications include Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014); (ed., with R. Sharpe & J. Willoughby), Medieval Libraries of Great Britain (‘MLGB3’) (Oxford, 32015) [database]; (ed.), Handschriften und Papyri. Wege des Wissens, Nilus. Studien zur Kultur Ägyptens und des Vorderen Orients 24 (Vienna, 2017); Medieval Manuscripts from the Mainz Charterhouse in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2018), 2 vols.; (with A. Mazurek), Der ‚Oxforder Boethius‛. Studie und lateinisch-deutsche Edition, Texte des späten Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit (TMA) 58 (Berlin, 2020). 

I have taught courses on Greek language, Latin language and literature (Classical, Late, Medieval and Neo-Latin, at all levels), Platonism, the Middle Ages, paleography and the history of the book, and have supervised undergraduate independent work on various topics. At Princeton, I offer courses mainly in Classics and in Medieval Studies.

In 2019, I was awarded the Richard Allen Lester University Preceptorship 2019–2022 from Princeton University.