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R-MC Adjunct Professor Publishes Second Book on Classical Reception

May 23, 2017


adjunct professor LauriolaRosanna Lauriola, an adjunct assistant professor of classics and humanities at Randolph-Macon College, has published her second volume dedicated to the reception of ancient Greek drama in the series Brill's Companions to Classical Reception.

The volume, Brill's Companion to the Reception of Sophocles, was designed and co-edited by Lauriola, who also contributed a chapter pertaining to the reception of Sophocles' Oedipus the King.

"Classical reception is a fast-growing new area of research in the field of classics," says Lauriola. "It promotes the study of the afterlife of the literary and material products of classical antiquity by exploring the significance of classical influences on later cultures in a wide array of media and civic contexts. From visual art to political activism, from music to performances, from novels to films, the book examines the ways in which the ancient world continues to reshape our modern world."

Lauriola's book illustrates both the relevance of the ancients to the world of today, and how the classics may engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue.

"Both are of paramount importance in the teaching of classics today," she says. "This is, indeed, one of main reasons why I recently decided to include Classical Reception Studies in my research."

Pertaining to the same area of research, and with the same main teaching interests at heart, is Lauriola's recently published paper, Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and Moravia's Il dio Kurt: Oedipus as βάσανος of a Nazi Experiment and The Ideology of Race.

"The paper examines the reception of Sophocles' Oedipus the King within the Nazi ideology and the Holocaust studies, which might be useful to students with different majors, from classics to history, from theatre to literature," explains Lauriola.

Rosanna Lauriola
Lauriola, who earned her B.A. and M.A. at University of Pisa and her Ph.D. at University of Firenze, is an adjunct assistant professor who teaches in the Honors program. She has published several papers on Hesiod, Pindar, Sophocles, Aristophanes, and Classical Reception Studies in Italian and in English. Two of her most recent papers deal with a contemporary issue, euthanasia, including Antigone Today: A Time to Die. Some Thoughts, in which Lauriola analyzed the case of Brittany Maynard.

Her books include Aristofane serio-comico: Paideia e Geloion, Con una lettura degli Acarnesi, Aristofane: Gli Acarnesi, and Sofocle: Edipo Re. At R-MC, Lauriola teaches a variety of courses, including Heroes or Villains? A Forensic Journey in the World of the Famous Odysseus, and Gender Based Violence and Child Maltreatment in the Ancient World.