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BA Program in the Archaeology, History, and Literature of Ancient Greece


Associate Professor of Latin Literature


Myrto Garani holds a BA in Classics (Department of Philology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 1998), an MA in Classics (University College London, UK, 1999) and she obtained her PhD in Classics from King’s College London (UK, 2005), with the support of a Leventis Foundation Scholarship. She has worked as adjunct faculty at the University of Patras (2005-2009) and then at The College of Global Studies at Arcadia (Athens, 2009-2011). She has been a member of the Faculty of Philology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens since 2011. She teaches various modules in Latin Literature and Language, on both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Research interests:

The reception of the Presocratics (especially of Empedocles) and of Hellenistic philosophy (Epicureanism and Stoicism) in Rome (especially Lucretius, Cicero and Seneca). The presence of Orphics and Neo-Pythagoreans in Rome. Latin aetiological poetry (especially Propertius and Ovid’s Fasti). Physical philosophy, especially Aristotle’s Meteorology.

Select publications:

  • (2007): “Cosmological oaths in Empedocles and Lucretius”, in A. H. Sommerstein and J. Fletcher (eds.): Horkos (Bristol Phoenix Press): 189-202, 264-267.
  • (2007): “Propertius’ temple of Jupiter Feretrius and the spolia opima (4.10): a poem not to be read?”, L' Antiquité Classique 76: 99-117.
  • (2007): Empedocles redivivus: Poetry and Analogy in Lucretius (New York/London: Routledge).
  • (2014) (co-edited with D. Konstan): The Philosophizing Muse: The Influence of Greek Philosophy on Roman Poetry (3rd cent. B.C. - 1st A.D.) (Pierides 3, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing).
  • (2013): “Lucretius and Ovid on Empedoclean cows and sheep”, in D. Lehoux, A. Morrison and A. Sharrock (eds.): Lucretius: Poetry, Philosophy, Science (Oxford): 233-259.
  • (2016): “The negation of fame: Epicurus’ meta-fama and Lucretius’ response”, in S. Kyriakidis (ed.), Libera Fama: An Endless Journey (Pierides 6, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing): 28-44.
  • 2020): “Seneca on Pythagoras’ mirabilia aquarum (NQ 3.20-1, 25-6; Ovid Met. 15.270-336)”, in M. Garani, A. N. Michalopoulos and S. Papaioannou (eds.): Intertextuality in Seneca’s Philosophical Writings (London and New York: Routledge).
  • (2020) (co-edited with A. N. Michalopoulos and S. Papaioannou): Intertextuality in Seneca’s Philosophical Writings (London and New York: Routledge).