Academic Apointments
  • Associate Professor of Classics, Union College (2020 – present)

  • Assistant Professor of Classics, Union College (2014 – 2020)

  • Assistant Professor and Head of the Classics Program, The University of Memphis (2012 –2014)

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Union College (2010 – 2012)

  • Ph.D. 2010, Yale University

  • M.Phil. 2008, Yale University

  • M.A. 2006, Yale University

  • M.A. 2003, Johns Hopkins University

  • Italian Laurea, (summa cum laude), 2001 Università degli Studi di Pisa.
    (Dissertation Title: Commento a Petronio, Satyricon 100.1-110.0 con Thesaurus Critico.
    Pisa, pp. 632. Under direction of G. B. Conte)

  • Res sine Nomine. A Study of the Theory and Practice of Metaphors in Seneca’s Epistulae Morales. (Under direction of Kirk Freudenburg)

Research Interests
  • Silver Latin Literature

  • Roman Comedy (in particular Plautus)

  • Roman Stoicism

  • Ancient Rhetoric

  • Roman Law

  • Ancient Medicine and Science



  • GAZZARRI, T., The Stylus and the Scalpel. A Theory and Practice of Metaphors in Seneca’s Prose. Berlin-Boston: De Gruyter, 2020.

  • GAZZARRI, T., (ed., trans., and comment.), Plauto. Poenulus e Truculentus. Classici Greci e Latini. Milan: Oscar Mondadori, 2015.

Reviews: M.M. Bianco, Bollettino di Studi Latini, 46.1 (2016): 350-353; G. Sorrentino, CR 66.2 (2016: 402-404.

  • GAZZARRI, T., (ed., trans., and comment.), Seneca. De Brevitate Vitae. Classici Greci e Latini. Milan: Oscar Mondadori, 2010.

Edited Volumes

  • GAZZARRI, T., and BERNO, F.R., (eds.), “Lucius Annaeus Seneca: New Perspectives in Senecan Studies - Inaugural Issue” (=LAS 1). Rome,  2021.

  • GAZZARRI, T., and WEINER, J., (eds.), “Searching for the Cinaedus in Classical Antiquity.” Manuscript completed - Under consideration _ _ _. 

Articles and Book Chapters

  • ​GAZZARRI, T., “Perhaps a Fish, Surely an Ostrich, and Definitely a Fool. The Ontology of Insults at De Constantia Sapientis 17.1.” Forthcoming AJPh (2022).

  • GAZZARRI, T., “Due letture della cornice della lettera 64 di Seneca, 1. La simbologia del fumo.” LAS 1 (2021): 9-24.

  • GAZZARRI, T., “Sub Auro Servitus Habitat. Seneca's Moralizing of Architecture and the Anti-Neronian Querelle”. In Intertextuality in Seneca’s Philosophical Works. Papaioannou, Garani, and Michaloupoulos (eds.). London, 2020: 161-178.

  • GAZZARRI, T., “Cinaedus Galbinatus: Cultural Perception of the Color “Green” and its Gender Association with Pathici in Rome". EuGeSta 9 (2019): 79-107.

  • GAZZARRI, T., “Patruae Verbera Linguae and the Ius Osculi in Horace, Carm. 3.12.” CW 112.3 (2019): 151-160.

  • GAZZARRI, T., “Phronesium, the Lex Oppia and the Composition of the Truculentus.” RhM 161 (2018): 1-21.

  • GAZZARRI, T., “Gender-Based Differential Morbidity and Moral Teaching in Seneca's Epistulae Morales.” In J. Wildberger (ed.), Seneca Philosophus, De Gruyter, (2014): 209-227.

  • GAZZARRI, T., “The Meaning of “Nocte Intempesta” in Satyricon 101.5.” Maia 61.2 (2009): 274-284.

Encyclopedia Entries


  • Berno, F. R. (ed.), De Constantia Sapientis. La fermezza del saggio. Napoli, 2018. BMCR 2019.08.45.

  • Sjöblad A., Metaphorical Coherence. Studies in Seneca’s Epistulae Morales. (StudiaGraeca et Latina Lundensia 20.) pp. 82. Lund: Lund University, 2015. Paper. ISBN: 978-91-637-9425-4. CR 67.1 (2017): 109-111.

  • Peter J. Anderson, Seneca: Selected Dialogues and Consolations. Translated with introduction and notes by Peter J. Anderson. Indianapolis, Indiana: Hackett Publishing Company, 2015. New England Classical Journal 43.2 (2016): 121-123.

  • Costa S., “Quod olim fuerat": la rappresentazione del passato in Seneca prosatore. Spudasmata, Bd 152. Hildesheim; Zürich; New York: Georg Olms Verlag, 2015. Gnomon 88.3 (2016): 213- 216.

  • Thorsteinsson R.M., Roman Christianity and Roman Stoicism. A Comparative Study of Ancient Morality. Pp. xiv + 248. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. CR 62.1 (2011): 111-113.

  • Seneca minor. - La Clemenza, Apocolocyntosis, Epigrammi, Frammenti di Lucio Anneo Seneca. A cura di Luciano de Biasi, Anna Maria Ferrero, Ermanno Malaspina e Dionigi Vottero. Torino: Unione Tipografico-Editrice Torinese 2009. 841 S. (Classici Latini). Gnomon 83.8 (2011): 752-754.​

Scholarship in Preparation
  • GAZZARRI, T., (ed., trans. and comment.), Seneca. De tranquillitate animi. Classici Greci e Latini. (Under contract with Mondadori)

  • GAZZARRI, T., and GELLAR-GOAD, T.  (eds.) “Plautine Elements in Seneca.” (edited volume in preparation)

  • GAZZARRI, T., “L.A. Cornutus". The Literary Encyclopedia.

  • GAZZARRI, T., Review of Stöckinger, M., Winter, K., and Zanker, A., eds. Horace and Seneca. Interactions, Intertexts, Interpretations. Berlin-Boston, 2017. Gnomon.

  • GAZZARRI, T., “Rara Avis: The Phoenix and Seneca’s Appropriation of Egyptian Culture”.

  • GAZZARRI, T., “Hadrian’s Animula and Seneca's Consolatio ad Helviam Matrem”.​


Public Lectures
  • Spring 2022, Bard College. TBD.

  • October 2021, La Sapienza University of Rome. Launch via ZOOM of the new international journal of Senecan studies (LAS), as part of the international symposium on "Seneca's Love Letters".

  • April, 2019, Williams College. Seminar Class on Seneca’s De Constantia Sapientis. A workshop offered to the students in cooperation with A. Wilcox (Williams College) and F.R. Berno (La Sapienza, Università di Roma).

  • October 2018, Annual GMALL Conferences Cycle, Dorset, VT. “A Brief History of Capital Punishment in the Ancient Roman World”.

  • October 2018, Annual CAAS meeting, Philadelphia, PA. “Cinaedus Galbinatus: Cultural Perception of the Color “Green” and its Gender Association with Pathici in Rome”.

  • May 2017 Annual UCall Series, Schenectady, NY. “Ancient Religion in Greece and Rome. A Brief Survey”.

  • December 2018, Schenectady Public Library. “Seneca’s De Tranquillitate Animi”.

  • Nov. 2017, Liceo Classico Ginnasio Galilei. “Ancient Metaphor, Part II. Cicero and Quintilian”.

  • Nov. 2017, Liceo Classico Ginnasio Galilei. “Ancient Metaphor, Part I. Aristotle and the Stoics”.

  • Nov. 2017, La Sapienza – University of Rome. “Seneca and the Theory of Metaphors”.

  • May 2017, International Conference on Senecan Intertextuality, University of Athens.
    “Sub auro servitus habitat. Seneca's Moralizing of Architecture and the Anti-Neronian Querelle”.

  • Oct. 2015 – Annual CAES meeting, Syracuse, NY. “The Age of Innocence? Parthenoi,
    Neaniskoi and the Perception of Sexual Risk in Classical Athens.

  • Mar. 2014 – Union College: “Truculentus and the Abrogation of the Lex Oppia" and Oct. 2014, Annual CAAS meeting, Washington DC.

  • Nov. 2012 – Annual TFLTA meeting, Franklin, TN: “The Stomach as a paradigm of moral corruption in Seneca’s philosophical preaching”.

  • Mar. 2011 – University of Cincinnati, March 2012 – The University of Memphis and Nov. 2012 - University of Mississippi, Oxford, MI, “Der Mensch ist, was er is(s)t”. Food, Gender
    Construction and Moral Teaching in Seneca’s Epistulae Morales”.

  • Mar. 2011 – Union College. “Dying in Silence: The Execution of Women in the Ancient World”.

  • Oct. 2010 – Annual CAAS meeting, Newark, NY and May 2011 American University of Paris: Seneca Philosophus: An International Conference hosted by the AUP and GANPH (Gesellschaftfür Antike Philosophie). “Gender-Based Differential Morbidity and Moral Teaching in Seneca's Epistulae Morales”.

  • Oct. 2010 – Annual CAES meeting, Union College. “The Endless Wait: How Women Should Live According to Roman Poets”.

  • Feb. 2009 – Annual CANE meeting, Boston, MA. “Bald Women with Gout. Engendering Moral Illness in Seneca’s Epistula 95”.

  • Oct. 2008 – Annual CAAS meeting, Princeton, NJ. ""kouk' etheloisa" – Even Against Her Will. A portrayal of the Latin Sappho”.

  • Departmental Workshop, Yale University, New Haven. “Lesbian Sappho in Latin Poetry”.

  • Apr. 2008 – Graduate Conference, CUNY, New York, NY. “The Philosopher and the
    Occupatus. The Dialectic of Property in Seneca’s Epistulae Morales”.

  • Jan. 2008 – Annual APA meeting, Chicago, IL. “Property and Interiority: Some Aspects of Juridical Language in Seneca”.

  • Feb. 2004 – Departmental Workshop, Yale University, New Haven. “The Discovery of Tacitus’ Minor Works in the XV Century”.

  • Nov. 2003 – Graduate Conference, The University of Texas, Austin. “Satyricon 101.5: A Case of Irony Regained”.

  • Sept. 2003 – Departmental Workshop, Yale University, New Haven. “Aboard Licha’s ship. Text and Transmission of Satyricon 100.1-110.5”.

  • Jan. 2003 – Graduate Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. ““Nocte Intempesta": Analysis of Shipwreck Rituals for an Alternative Interpretation of the Expression”.

Service and Events Organized

At Union College

  • SCS (former APA) Panel: “Legalized it: Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Law”. Co-organizer, co-chair and respondent. Chicago, IL 2021 ✎

  • Founder and co-Director of “Lucius Annaeus Seneca: International Journal of Senecan Studies”. (LAS) ✎

  • Elected to the Scientific Committee of  “Pan” - Rivista di Filologia Latina, (Università degli Studi di Palermo) ✎

  • Committee for the Implementation of a Language Curricular Requirement ⚙︎

  • SCS (former APA) Panel: “Searching for the Cinaedus in Classical Antiquity”. Co-organizer, co-chair and respondent. San Diego, CA 2019 ✎

  • Exhibit on Ancient Roman Glasses. (The Carl George Collection)  ✎

  • International Symposium on Aristotle: “Virtue and Emotion in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics IV.5-9". Panel Chair of Session #4: Wittiness (Eutrapelia) ✎

  • Committee on LGBTQ+ Affairs ⚙︎

  • Committee on Facilities ⚙︎

  • Co-founder of the Udig Archaeological Initiative ✎

  • Referee for TAPA, CJ, MAIA ✎

  • General Education Board ⚙︎

  • Undergraduate Dissertation Advisor ✎

  • Departmental Website Development ⚙︎

  • Junior Jump Start ⚙︎

  • Classics Club and ΗΣΦ (Eta Sigma Phi) ⚙︎

  • UCID (Union Coalition on Inclusiveness and Diversity) ⚙︎


At the University of Memphis

  • The David L. Sigsbee Memorial Lectures. (Creator and director of the series) ✎

  • Classics/Italian Search Committee ⚙︎

  • APA Panel: “Politics by Other Means? Ethics and Aesthetics in Roman Stoicism". Co-organizer, co-chair and respondent. Chicago, IL 2014 ✎

  • Department advisory council ⚙︎

  • Section head ⚙︎

  • Creation of interdepartmental Classics minor ⚙︎

  • Founder of the Classical Club ⚙︎

At Johns Hopkins University

The 2003 James Poultney Lecture ( Johns Hopkins University). Guest speaker Prof. Froma I. Zeitlin, Princeton University ✎

Teaching Experience
  • Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Union College and Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, The University of Memphis – Intermediate Latin.

  • Fall 2016, Union College - Upper Intermediate Greek.

  • Spring 2016, Union College - Intermediate Greek.

  • Spring 2016, Union College - Roman Drama: from Plautus to Seneca.

  • Winter 2016, Union College - Beginning Greek.

  • Fall 2015, Union College - Performing Gender in Ancient Rome (as a Research Seminar -SRS).

  • Spring 2015, Union College - Roman Satire: An Overview.

  • Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2019, Spring 2020, Union College - Sex and Gender in Classical Greece (both as a research seminar and as a lecture class).

  • Spring 2014, The University of Memphis – Advanced Latin.

  • Winter 2017 and Winter 2019, Winter 2020, Union College and Fall 2013, The University of Memphis – Pre-Intermediate Latin.

  • Spring 2013, The University of Memphis – Latin Love Poetry.

  • Fall 2012, The University of Memphis – Roman Historians.

  • Fall 2012, Fall 2013, The University of Memphis and Fall 2017, Union College – Elementary Latin.

  • Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2014, Winter 2016, Winter 2020,  Union College – Reason and Passions in the Ancient World.

  • Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2018, Union College – Elementary Latin.

  • Spring 2011, Union College – Introduction to Greek Comedy.

  • Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Union College – Engineering in the Ancient World

  • Winter 2011, Union College – Entrepreneurship in the Ancient World.

  • Winter 2011, Winter 2012, Winter 2017, Spring 2019, Union College and Spring 2014, The University of Memphis – Capital Punishment in the Ancient World.

  • Fall 2010, Union College and Fall 2013, The University of Memphis – Classical Mythology.

  • Spring 2010, Yale University – Introduction to Latin: Selected Readings. As Teaching Fellow.

  • Fall 2009, Yale University – Latin Prose. (Apuleius). As Teaching Fellow.

  • Spring 2009, Yale University – Western Art from the Renaissance to the 20th Century. As TA for Prof. A. Nemerov.

  • Spring 2009, Yale University – Introduction to Latin Literature. As TA for Prof. K. Freudenburg.

  • Spring 2007, Yale University – Introduction to Latin Poetry. (Vergil, Aeneid). As Teaching Fellow.

  • Fall 2006, Yale University – The Elements of Latin Grammar. As Teaching Fellow.

  • Spring 2006, Yale University – Intermediate Latin: Review of Grammar and Selected Readings. (Selected reading from Bellum Civile, Bellum Alexandrinum and Catullus). As Teaching Fellow.

  • Fall 2005, Yale University – Latin Prose, an Introduction. (Cicero, Pro Archia, Somnium Scipi- onis; Seneca, Apokolokyntosis). As Teaching Fellow.

  • Summer 2003, Johns Hopkins University – Intensive Latin.

Theses and Independent Studies Supervision
  • Molly McLeod, “The Vocabulary of Kinship in the Classical World”. Spring 2020. (Independent Study). 

  • Austin Dorsey, “Socrates' Trial". Spring 2020. (Independent Study).

  • Marika Contompasis, “The Significance of Luxury Goods: A Diachronic Analysis from Classical Antiquity to Contemporary North-American Society”. Spring 2020 (Co-Advisor - Senior thesis).

  • Jeremy Jordan, “A Noble Life: Virtue and Liberty in Aristotle's Political Thought". Winter 2017. (Independent Study).

  • Brian Alebiosou, “A Reconstruction of the Contemporary Campaign Designed to Manifest Social Integration in Pursuit of Increasing Social Mobility". Spring 2017. (Co-Advisor - Senior thesis).

  • Kathryn Evans, “Different Roles, Different Rules: How Liberties and Limitations Varied for Wives and Prostitutes in Classical Athens". Spring 2017. (Main Advisor - Senior thesis). Recipient of the President's Commission on the Status of Women's Senior Scholarly Activity Award.

  • Emily Pastore, “Modern Interpretations of Ancient Roman Mosaics". Spring 2016. (Co-advisor - Senior thesis).

  • Shivangi Mehta, “Democracy and Citizenship in Athens. A Counterintuitive Relationship". Spring 2016. (Co-advisor - Senior thesis).

  • Aurora Butera, “The Theodosian Code". Spring 2016. (Co-advisor - Senior thesis).

  • Anthony LoBrace, “Socrates' Trial". Spring 2016. (Co-advisor - Senior thesis).

  • Gianluca Avanzato, “A Nation Divided: The Failed Unification of Italy and the Emergence of Italian Orientalism". Spring 2016. (Independent study). Recipient of the Edward Everett Hale Jr. Prize.

  • Andrea Schwartz, “Water and Engineering in the Graeco-Roman World”. May 2012. (Main advisor - Senior thesis).

  • Joe Cardino, “War and Taxation in Ancient Rome”. March 2012. (Secondary advisor - Senior thesis).

Honors and Awards
  • 2017 - Loeb Foundation Fellowship (35.000 USD)

  • 2016 - CAAS Resource Grant (600 USD)

  • 2011 - IEF Union College Fund (369 USD)

  • 2010,  -11, -14, -15, -16, -17, -18 - Union College Conference Fund (10.468 USD total)

  • 2010, -11, -17, -18 - Union college HFRF Fund (8300 USD total)

  • 2008 - Yale University, John F. Enders Fellowship

  • 2008 - Yale University, Dissertation Fellowship

  • 2006, -07, -08 - Yale University, Berkeley, Biddle, Woosley Travel Grant

  • 2003 to -09 - Yale University, Ph.D. fellowship

  • Spring 2003 - Johns Hopkins University, Teaching Assistantship

  • Fall 2002 - Johns Hopkins University, Research Assistantship

  • 2001 - Johns Hopkins University, Graduate Fellowship

  • 2001 - Università degli Studi di Pisa, Laurea summa cum laude - Full Remission Tuition

  • Fluent in French, English, and Italian (native)

  • Trained in Latin and Ancient Greek

  • Reading knowledge of German and Spanish

Professional Affiliations
  • SCS (Society for Classical Studies. Former APA)

  • CAC (The Classical Association of Canada)

  • CA (The Classical Association. U.K.)

  • CANE (The Classical Association of New England)

  • CAAS (The Classical Association of the Atlantic States)

  • Classical Club of New York

  • CAES (Classical Association of the Empire State)

  • WCC (Women Classical Caucus)

  • LCC (Lambda Classical Caucus)

  • SIAC (Société Internationale des Amis de Cicéron)