PAGLIARA Alessandro

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Alessandro Pagliara, Presentation

Date and place of birth: July 4, 1969, Rome.

I attained the Classical High School diploma in 1988 at “Francesco Vivona” High School, Rome, studying under Steno Vazzana. In 1989 I enrolled at the Arts and Humanities Faculty of “La Sapienza” University, Rome, where I studied under Girolamo Arnaldi, Andrea Giardina, Luigi Moretti, Domenico Musti, Silvio Panciera, and Luigi Enrico Rossi. In June 1991 I gained a diploma in pianoforte from the “Santa Cecilia” Conservatoire Music College, Rome, having studied piano with Giuliana Bordoni Brengola from 1983 onwards, and from 1993-98 I studied the harpsichord with Mariolina De Robertis. In December 1993 I graduated with a degree in Classics. My dissertation was entitled Tra Sicilia e Italia: le isole Eolie dalla fondazione greca alla conquista romana. The main academic supervisor was Domenico Musti, and the second academic supervisor was Andrea Giardina.

My research for the degree dissertation brought me into contact with archaeologists Luigi Bernabò Brea and Madeleine Cavalier on the island of Lipari in 1994, and I collaborated with them until the death of Bernabò Brea in 1999. In the meantime I undertook a Doctorate in Ancient History at the University of Perugia (History and Historiography of Classical Antiquity, XII cycle) which focused on historical and ethnographical issues brought to the surface by excavation in the Aeolian Isles, and more in general on the relationship between literary and archaeological sources for the study of the oldest ethnography of pre-Roman Italy. My thesis, L'immagine degli Ausones nella letteratura classica, supervised by Domenico Musti, was presented in February 2002.

In September 2000 I obtained a permanent position as state school teacher of literature and Latin at upper school through the national Italian recruitment procedure (suppl. ord. G.U. - 4 ser. spec. - n. 29 of 13.4.1999). In 2001 I started a collaboration with the University of Macerata, focusing on Sicily in Late Antiquity, first on a research grant under the national research scheme Progetti di Ricerca di Interesse Nazionale (PRIN), under Francesco Paolo Rizzo (2001-2004), and later on a collaboration contract on the same research topic (2007/08). I also taught courses in Roman History (2001/02 and 2004/05), Latin Epigraphy (2003/04), Didactics of Ancient History (2002/03, 2004 - 2006), and led a workshop on classical historiographical texts (Academic years 2005/06-2006/08).

In 2005 I was Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, New York City, and also took part (with Daniele Fusi) in a research project on ancient theatre at Sydney University under Eric Csapo and Peter Wilson. Returning to school teaching for three years (2008-2011), I undertook in the meantime a second Doctorate, in Medieval Renaissance Classical Studies (XXIV cycle), at the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (SUM) at the University of Florence. My thesis was on the Oratio de regno (or. 3 Bidez) of Flavius Claudius Julianus and was supervised by Andrea Giardina.

In 2012 I was awarded by unanimous decision of the examination board the qualification of Associate Professor of Ancient History (SC 10/D1 - Ancient History, SSD L-Ant/03 - Roman History) under the national recruitment procedure (L. 240/2010, art. 16):

In two periods, 2012-2014 and 2014-2016, I obtained two other research grants in Classical Philology, one at “Sapienza” University in Rome, under Anna Maria Belardinelli, and the other at Turin University under Giulio Guidorizzi. In the period 2012-2016 I taught Roman history at the University of Tuscia in Viterbo and 2013-2015 I taught two courses on Magna Graecia with Paul Gwynne at the American University at Rome.

From 30 November 2016 to 29 November 2019, I held the position of researcher (Type B, Law 240/2010, art. 24, par. 3, lett. b) in Roman History (SSD L-Ant/03) at the University of Parma, first at the former Department of Letters, Arts, History and Society (LASS) and later at the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Industries (DUSIC).

In December 2019 I officially resigned my role as school teacher and took up the position of Associate Professor at the University of Parma in Roman History (SSD L-ANT/03), continuing my work in the DUSIC Department.

Since 2017/18 (XXXIII cycle) I have been a member of the PhD teaching board in Philological, Literary, Historical, Philosophical and Artistic Studies at the DUSIC Department at the University of Parma.

At the University of Parma, I was deputy director of the University Centre for International Cooperation (a.y. 2017/18), and in 2019 I was appointed referee of the Parma Univercity Infopoint (up to a.y. 2019/20), and (up to now) Parma University representative on the network RUNIPACE - Rete Università per la Pace. As regards the Third Mission I am organizer of the series of public lectures, Seminari di Europa.

Since 2017 I have served on the DUSIC Department Research and Third Mission committee and also hold responsibility for student guidance (Orientamento in ingresso) in the degree course in Letters (up to a.y. 2020/21). Since 2019 I have served on the Comitato di Area 10 of the DUSIC Department.

Since 2016/17 I have been a member of the university board of Greek and Roman History (CUSGR), and since 2019/20 I have been associate member of the UMR 7044 (ArcHiMedE, CNRS) of the Universities of Strasbourg and Haute-Alsace. I am also a member of the academic committee of the journal «Rivista Storica dell’Antichità» (ANVUR class A, Area 10) and the editorial committee of the journal «Oebalus. Studi sulla Campania nell’Antichità» (ANVUR class A, Area 10). I am a member of the Italian Association of Public History (AIPH); member of the Italian Academy of Rights and Migration (AdiM); member of the Italian Association of Classical Culture (AICC, sezione di Roma).

Since 21/11/2020 I am enrolled in REPRISE - Register of Expert Peer Reviewers for Italian Scientific Evaluation for the section: Basic Research; ERC Domain: Ancient History (SH6_5); SSD: Roman History (L-ANt/03).

In 2022 I was awarded by unanimous decision of the examination board the qualification of Full Professor of Ancient History (SC 10/D1 - Ancient History, SSD L-Ant/03 - Roman History) under the national recruitment procedure (L. 240/2010, art. 16):

Please see the attached document.

Wednesday, h.14:30-15:30, Office No.063, DUSIC departmental building in Via d’Azeglio: please request an appointment by email 

Students can also speak (also via Skype or Teams) to Professor Pagliara on other days and times by fixing an appointment by email. 

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2024/2025

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2023/2024

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2022/2023

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2021/2022

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2020/2021

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2019/2020

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2018/2019

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2017/2018

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2016/2017


  • First cycle degree (DM 270) HUMANITIES A.Y. 2024/2025
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) HUMANITIES A.Y. 2023/2024
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) HUMANITIES A.Y. 2022/2023
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) Humanities A.Y. 2021/2022
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) Humanities A.Y. 2020/2021
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) Humanities A.Y. 2019/2020
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) Humanities A.Y. 2018/2019
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) Humanities A.Y. 2017/2018

Lines of research

I have four main fields of research: a) Pre-Roman and Roman Italy; b) Magna Graecia and Sicily; c) Music, ethics, politics and oikonomia in Greek and Latin literature; d) Late Antiquity. In the first three areas, my focus has been on: the relationship between literary tradition and archaeological findings in ancient Italian ethnography; the ethnography of Virgil and Augustan Italy; history and epigraphy of Latium adiectum; the history of studies on the Pontine Region between the 19th and 20th centuries; the peopling of ancient Campania; the history of the Aeolian Islands from Greek settlement to Roman conquest; theatrical coroplastics of the Lipari necropolis and ‘new’ music of  IV century B.C.; music and politics in Plato and its reflections in Neo-Platonism; Aristotle, Aristoxenus of Tarentum and sources on the ‘new’ music of the 4th century BC. In the Late Antiquity period, my interests are in: rhetoric, philosophy and politics in the Imperial Age and in Late Antiquity; panegyrics and the art of government in Flavius Claudius Julianus; critical reception of the work of Flavius Claudius Julianus in the Humanist and Baroque periods; political history and Church history in Sicily in the 3rd- 5th centuries A.D.; Christian hagiography and epigraphy of Sicily.



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Università di Parma, Dipartimento di Discipline Umanistiche Sociali e delle Imprese Culturali, Unità di Storia, I piano, studio 063, Via Massimo d'Azeglio 85, c.a.p. 43125, Parma