Massimo Cè

Massimo Cè

PhD Candidate in Classical Philology
Massimo Cè

Research Interests: Latin Literature; Stylistics; Translation Studies; Classical Reception

Massimo Cè, originally from Zurich, Switzerland, graduated with a B.A. in Classics from Magdalen College, Oxford in 2013. Since joining Harvard that same year as a Ph.D. student in Classical Philology, he has been taking seminars in a wide range of areas including Augustan poetics, Sicilian history, and contemporary American poetry. In the past, Massimo has contributed to research projects at the University of Basel and the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich. He has also attended the archaeological summer program at the British School in Rome.

In the 2016–17 academic year, Massimo is an instructor of first-semester Greek and teaching fellow for Richard Tarrant’s course on Republican Latin literature (in the fall); and teaching fellow for Brigitte Libby’s general education course on classical mythology and Yvona Trnka-Amrhein’s course on Imperial Latin literature (in the spring); as well as the co-organizer, with James Taylor, of a graduate research workshop on postclassicism. Previously, he has taught second-semester Latin and has been a teaching fellow for courses on the ancient novel (for David Elmer) and Tacitus’ Annals (for Richard Thomas).

Academically, Massimo is drawn to questions of style in a wide range of writers, both ancient and modern. He is especially interested in authorial idiosyncrasies, and which scholarly frameworks are most suitable for their study. He has worked, in particular, on poetic self-representation in Lucretius, the development of style across the Vergilian corpus, and the reception of the Classics in 20th-century literature. Massimo has taken special courses with Richard Thomas on Tacitus; Naomi Weiss on archaic Greek lyric; and Martin Puchner on the reception of classical literature in English modernism. His dissertation project, under the supervision of Richard Thomas, is provisionally entitled Literary Translation in Antiquity.

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