Dr. Aldo Tagliabue

Aldo Tagliabue





  • 2008-10  Joint PhD und European Doctorate in Greek Literature, Università degli Studi di Padova and Swansea University.
    Dissertation Title: “Commentary on the first book of Xenophon of Ephesus’s Ephesiaca”.
    Supervisors: Professors Davide Susanetti (Padua) and John Morgan (Swansea)
  • 2004-06  Magister Artium (M.A.) in Classics, Università degli Studi di Milano
  • 2001-04  Bachelor (B.A.) in Classics, Università degli Studi di Milano


Professional Employment

  • Sep 17 - 2020
    Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, Dept. of Classics, University of Notre Dame
  • Sep 2013 - Aug 2017 
    Research Fellow, ERC Project “Experience and Teleology in Ancient Narrative”.
    Research theme: “How the divine transforms narrative form: a study of pagan and Christian narratives of the Imperial era".
    Seminar für Klassische Philologie,
 Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg.
    Project Leader: Professor Jonas Grethlein
  • Sep 2016 - Dec 2016
    Visiting Scholar, University of California Santa Barbara (US)
  • Sep 2015 – Dec 2015
    Visiting Scholar, University of Waterloo (Canada).
  • Jan 2013- Aug 2013 
    Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Classics, Oxford University. Sponsor: Professor Tim Whitmarsh.
  • Jul 2012-Aug 2013   
    Research Fellow in Classics, University of Milan. Research theme: “Intertextuality in Heliodorus’ Aethiopica”.
    Project Leader: Professor Giuseppe Zanetto.
  • 2012 (Summer)
    Visiting Scholar, University of Gießen (Germany). Sponsor: Professor Peter von Möllendorf.
  • Sep 2011- Jul 2012
    Teaching Fellow in Classics, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
  • 2011 (January) Visiting Student, Brown University, Department of Classics. Sponsor:  Professor David Konstan.
  • 2010-11
    Teaching Fellow in Classics, Swansea University.
  • 2006-08
    Liceo Sacro Cuore (High School), Gallarate (Varese). Teacher of Ancient and Modern History and Italian




  • Xenophon’s Ephesiaca: a paraliterary love-story from the ancient world, Ancient Narrative, forthcoming 2017.

Referred international journal articles

  • ‘Learning about the Church from allegorical images in the Book of Visions of the Shepherd of Hermas’, Arethusa 50.2, 2017.
  • ‘An Embodied Reading of Epiphanies in Aelius Aristides’ Sacred Tales, Ramus 2016 forthcoming.
  • ‘Heliodorus’ reading of Lucian’s Toxaris’, Mnemosyne 69.3 (2016), 397-419.

  • Aelius Aristides’ Sacred Tales: A study of the creation of the ‘narrative about Asclepius’’, Classical Antiquity 35.1 (2016), 126-46. 

  • ‘Heliodorus’ Aethiopica and the Odyssean Mnesterophonia: an intermedial reading,’ TAPA 145.2 (Autumn 2015)
  • ‘Thrason’s work in the Ephesian Artemision: an artistic inspiration for Xenophon of Ephesus’ Ephesiaca,’ Hermes 141.3 (2013), 363-377. 
  • ‘The Ephesiaca as a Bildungsroman,’ AN 10 (2012), 17-46.

Book chapters and other journal articles

  • ‘The victory of Greek Ionia in Xenophon’s Ephesiaca,’ in T. Whitmarsh and S. Thomson (eds.), The Romance between Greece and the East, Cambridge 2013, 225-242.

  • ‘Il romanzo greco al servizio dell’erotica passionale nelle Lettere di Aristeneto,’ in O. Vox (ed.),  Lettere, Mimesi, Retorica. Studi sull’epistolografia letteraria greca di età imperiale e tardo antica, Lecce 2013, 411-56.

  • ‘Le Efesiache come Penelopeide,’ in M.P. Bologna and M. Ornaghi (eds.), Signa Antiquitatis, Atti dei Seminari di Dipartimento 2010, Quaderni di Acme 128, Milan 2011, 121-150.
  • ‘L’epos di Corinto e Omero,’ Acme 62 (2009), 87-115.

Book Reviews

  • K. D. Temmerman, Crafting Characters: Heroes and Heroines in the Ancient Greek Novel.   Oxford; New York:  Oxford University Press, 2014, Classical Review 2015.
  • S. Panayotakis, S. and M. Paschalis, M. The Construction of the Real and the Ideal in the Ancient Novel, Groningen: Barkhuis Publishing & Groningen University Library, 2013, Mnemosyne 68.1 (2015), 143-8.
  • T. Whitmarsh, Beyond the Second Sophistic: Adventures in Greek Postclassicism, Berkeley; Los Angeles; London: University of California Press, 2013, Acta Classica online (2014).
  • S.M. Trzaskoma, Two Novels from Ancient Greece: Callirhoe and An Ephesian Story, Indianapolis 2010, AN 10 (2012), 159-169.


Conference Papers and Invited Lectures

  • ‘Experiencing the divine in Apuleius’ Cupid and Psyche’, Panel ‘From Second Sophistic to Imperial Literature’ (convenors: J. Downie and L. Kim), CAWMS Annual Meeting, Kitchener, 5-8 April 2017.
  • ‘A call for an ancient 'narratology of the divine'?  Sequential and spatial form in Pontius’ Life of Cyprian’, Unit ‘Ancient Fiction and Early Christian and Jewish Narrative’ (convenor: J. Spittler), SBL Annual Meeting, San Antonio, 21 November 2016.
  • ‘Experiencing the divine in Aristides’ The Sacred Tales’, Research Seminar, University of California Los Angeles, 31 October 2016. 
  • ‘Experiencing the divine in the Book of Visions of the Shepherd of Hermas’, Research Seminar, University of California Santa Barbara, 30 September 2016.

  • ‘Narrating about the divine in the Imperial Era’, Workshop ‘Ancient Narrative: representation, anticipation, and teleology’, Bristol, 20 July 2016.

  • ‘The literary construction of a transcendent hero in Pontius’ Life of Cyprian’, Conference Holy Hero(in)es. Literary Constructions of Heroism in Late Antique and Early Medieval Hagiography, Ghent, 18-20 February 2016.

  • ‘Embodied religious experience in Aelius Aristides’ Sacred Tales’, Society of the Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 21-24 November 2015.

  • ‘The Visionenbuch in the Shepherd of Hermas as a Christian autobiographical conversion novel’, International Conference on the Ancient Novel (ICAN) V University of Houston Downtown, Texas, 30 September – 4 October 2015.
  • ‘Experiencing the divine 
in the Visionenbuch of the Shepherd of Hermas’, Conference ‘Narrative and Experience in Greco-Roman Antiquity’, Heidelberg, 16-18 July 2015.
  • ‘Embodied experience in the Sacred Tales: Religious Triangulation between Aristides, the Text and his Readers’, ‘Triangulationships: between authors, readers and texts in imperial literature’, Cambridge, 21-23 July 2015.
  • ‘The use of embodiment in the study of religious texts’, Workshop ‘Embodiment and literary studies’, Schöntal, 14-15 March 2015.
  • ‘Time, memory and god in Aelius Aristides’ Sacred Tales’, International Conference on Imperial Greek Literature, University of Heidelberg, 12 July 2014.
  • ‘Heliodorus’ Aethiopica and the Odyssean Mnesterophonia: an intermedial reading’, Celtic Conference in Classics 8, University of Edinburgh, Panel ‘Heliodorus’, 27 June 2014.
  • ‘Utopic and ideal Egypt in Xenophon of Ephesus’ Ephesiaca, University of Heidelberg, Research Seminar, 20 December 2013.
  • ‘The journey of the Ephesiaca as a rationalising Odyssey,’ Oxford University: Graduate Seminar ‘Postclassicisms II’ (Untimeliness), Oxford, 21 May 2013.
  • ‘Heliodorus and Lucian: Competition and Damnatio memoriae in the Imperial Era,’ Corpus Christi Common Room Seminar, Oxford, 30 April 2013.
  • ‘Heliodorus reader of Lucian?,’ Kyknos Seminar, Swansea University, 6 March 2013.
  • ‘The Platonic journey of Habrocomes and Anthia,’ Kyknos Workshop ‘The literary ambitions of the pre-sophistic novels,’ University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, June 2012.
  • ‘Miracles and eternal love in Xenophon of Ephesus’ Egypt,’ UWICAH colloquium, Gregynog Hall, May 2012.
  • ‘Erotic education through the Odyssey in Xenophon of Ephesus’ Ephesiaca,’ Research Centre EDRIS, Göttingen, April 2012.
  • ‘The close link between sophrosyne and the Egyptian conceptualisation of immortality in Xenophon of Ephesus’ Ephesiaca,’ CA 2012, University of Exeter, April 2012.
  • ‘The Ephesiaca as a paraphrasis in prose of the Odyssey,’ Kyknos Seminar, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, March 2011.
  • ‘The oracle of the Ephesiaca as an external prolepsis,’ Sixth Celtic Conference in Classics, Kyknos Panel ‘Untold Narratives’, University of Edinburgh, July 2010.
  • ‘Senofonte Efesio, la sua presunta patria e Omero: gli Ephesiaca come una Penelopeide,’ University of Milan, May 2010.
  • ‘L’epos di Corinto ed Omero: la storia dell’inaspettata conquista di un posto a Troia,’ University of Milan, May 2010.
  • ‘The description of love in the Ephesiaca: the coexistence of simplicity and literary construction,’ CA 2010, Kyknos Panel, Cardiff University, April 2010
  • ‘L’amore in Senofonte Efesio: alla scuola di Omero e di Platone,’ University of Padua, April 2010.
  • ‘Xenophon of Ephesus and his multicultural homeland,’ workshop arranged by Tim Whitmarsh ‘The Romance Between Greece and The East,’ Oxford, November 2009.


Conferences organised

  • International Conference ‘Narrative and Experience in Greco-Roman Antiquity’, Heidelberg, 16-18 Juli 2015, co-organized with Annika Domainko (Heidelberg) and on behalf of the ERC group.

Speakers: Casper de Jonge (Leiden), Rutger Allan (Amsterdam), Anastasia Peponi (Stanford), Rodney Werline (Barton College), Jonas Grethlein (Heidelberg), Luuk Huitink (Heidelberg), Aldo Tagliabue (Heidelberg), Bettina Reitz-Joosse (University of Groningen), Felix Budelmann and Evart van Emde Boas (Oxford), Alessandro Vatri (Oxford), Marco Dorati (Urbino), Richard Fletcher (Ohio).

  • International Conference on Imperial Greek Literature, University of Heidelberg, 12 July 2014, co-organised with Professor Kim (San Antonio, Texas).

Speakers: Casper de Jonge (Leiden), Lawrence Kim (San Antonio), Callum Maciver (Gießen and Edinburgh University), Emily Kneebone (Cambridge), Aldo Tagliabue (Heidelberg), Tim Whitmarsh (Oxford University).

  • Kyknos Workshop ‘The literary ambitions of the pre-sophistic novels,’ University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, 30 June 2012.

Speakers: Stephen Trzaskoma (New Hampshire), Koen de Temmerman (University of Ghent), Andrea Capra (University of Milan), Giuseppe Zanetto (University of Milan), Ian Repath (University of Swansea).


Teaching Experience

  • Santa Barbara    Fall 2017
    Capstone Seminar for Undergraduates ‘Modern Receptions of Greek and Roman Antiquity’ (30 hours), with Helen Morales.
    Freshman Seminar ‘Ancient Ideas for Modern Times’ (10 hours), with Helen Morales.

  • Heidelberg     Spring 2016
    Class on the Ancient Novel (30 hours).

  • Waterloo       Fall 2015
    Class on Apuleius and the Greek Novels (30 hours).
  • Heidelberg      2013-14 
    Lectures on Plato’s Symposium and on Apuleius’ Metamorphoses.   
  • Lampeter      2011-12 
    Language: Greek I, Greek II, Latin I, Latin II (40 hours each).

    Reading Classes: Greek and Latin Novel (30 hrs.); Ancient Mythology and its Reception in the Medieval and Contemporary World (30 hrs., co-taught module); Ancient Fiction (MA Module, 20 hrs.); Metholodogy for MA in Classics or Classical Studies (20 hrs.). Classes size: from 5 to 70 students.

    Supervised BA Theses: Helen in Classical Mythology; The Evolution of Odysseus’ characterisation in the Homeric Poems; The Imperial Reception of Alexander the Great; The Dispute over the Causes of the Trojan War; Ancient and Modern Heroes: a Comparison.

    Additional: supervisor of MA dissertations (‘Characterisation in Herodotus’), first and second marker of BA and MA dissertations, tutor of BA and MA students; co-organiser of seminars and student visits; online teacher (Moodle).
  • Swansea      2010-11
    Seminars: Homer and Greek epic (20 hrs., 10 students per class).
  • Milan      2004-06
    Tutorials: Greek 1, Greek II, Latin I, Latin II (20 hrs. each, 10 students per class)  
  • Milan, High School      2013-14 
    Italian Literature, Ancient and Modern History, Music (18 hrs. per  week, 4 different classes of 30 students each)  



  • Referee for the journals Symbolae Osloensis and Helios.
  • Annual Member of American Philological Association, Classical Association (UK) and Italian Classical Association (2009-15)
  • Membership of KYKNOS, the ‘Swansea and Lampeter Centre for Research on the Narrative Literatures of the Ancient World’ (2009-2015)
  • Membership of Homerica, Centre d'études homériques, Université Stendhal, Grenoble (2010-2011)


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