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Latin and comparative literature

Geometry of the Centre and Extravagance of Analogy. Originality and Tradition in Catullus Poem 68 a (or 68b)

Formal and symbolic aspects of its ‘concentric’ structure;  Paradoxical relationships of comparisons and similes in some of Pindar’s Odes and in the poems of Catullus
An essay for a conference of the Society for the Study of Biblical and Semitic Rhetoric, entitled ‘Semitic Rhetoric and Beyond’, held at the Gregorian University, Rome, 2010.
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Capriccio in Nude Minor

The sight of nudity in some ancient myths, reconsidered with reference to the writings of  Propertius, Ovid and Giordano Bruno.
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The Simulacra of Imagery and the Contradictions of Pleasure

Lucretius and Leopardi: comparison of characters and limits of their materialism
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The Ambiguous Double Simile of the “perlucens rivus” (“Transparent Stream”) and of the “aura secunda” (“Gently-moving Breeze”, en. tr. L. C. Smithers, 1894) in Catullus’ Poem 68a (68b), 57-66

The exegetical finesse of two great philologists, R. Ellis and G. Friedrich
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