Prof Piero Boitani

Dramatizing the Word: Plato’s Poem

Piero Boitani is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at the University of Rome “Sapienza” and at the University of Italian Switzerland, Lugano. A Fellow of, amongst others, the British Academy, the Medieval Academy of America, the Accademia dei Lincei, and the Italian National Institute of Astrophysics, in 2016 he received the Balzan Prize for Comparative Literature. He is chairman of the Fondazione Lorenzo Valla and general editor of its series of Greek and Latin Writers.

His most recent books include Looking Upwards: Stars in Ancient and Medieval Cultures and The Machine of the World: the Modern Cosmos (New York, Nova, 2017 and 2018), A New Sublime. Ten Timeless Lessons on the Classics (New York, Europa, 2020), Anagnorisis: Scenes and Themes of Recognition and Revelation in Western Literature (Leiden-Boston, Brill, 2021), In cerca di Amleto (Bologna, Il Mulino, 2022), Timeo in Paradiso (Rome, Donzelli, 2023). Next year Plato’s Poem, a composition in English verses with facing Italian translation, will be published by Elliot.

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