Latin Literature in the Augustan and Early Imperial Age (1st–2nd cent. A.D.)
My research activity is mainly devoted to the Latin literature in the Augustan and Early Imperial Age (1st–2nd cent. A.D.). The focus is, in particular, epic poetry: from Virgil's Aeneid to Ovid's Metamorphoses, from Lucan's Bellum civile to the poems written in the Flavian Age by Valerius Flaccus, Silius Italicus and Statius. In the course of the last thirty years, I dedicated to these works numerous contributions (articles in scientific journals, chapters in volumes and monographs) with the purpose of figuring out their relation with the cultural and political dynamics of the time, as well as their strong tendency to "dialogue" with other texts and to be fully aware of their place in the literary tradition.
Among the projects I am currently carrying on I would like to mention a monograph on the Punica of Silius Italicus and a commentary on the third book of the Aeneid.