Prof. Barchiesi works mainly on Roman poetry and on narrative texts. His research typically combines close reading in the tradition of Classical philology with approaches deriving from a dialogue with modern literary theory. He is also interested in the interaction of literary texts and other forms of cultural production (art, documents, maps, inscriptions, monuments).
His recent activity includes the Sather Centennial lecture (March 2014 at the University of California, Berkeley) and the editing of a complete series of commentaries on Ovid’s Metamorphoses: this multi-author work, published by the Fondazione Valla in Italy, is concluded by Philip Hardie’s commentary on Met. 13-5, expected in 2015. He is also the editor, with W. Scheidel, of the Oxford Handbook of Roman Studies. His new projects include book versions of lecture series he gave over the last decade or so: a book on Rome and Italy in the Aeneid (The war for Italia), based on his 2012 Sather Classical Lectures; a comparative study of divine councils in epic from Mesopotamia to early modern Europe, based on his 2012 Martin Lectures at Oberlin College; an essay on space and politics in Roman poetry (Vergilian Geopoetics), deriving from his 2002 Gray Lectures at Cambridge; and a book on Apuleius, anticipated in lectures given at Brown (Robinson Lecture, 2013) and the Institute for Classical Studies in London (Third Rome/London Lecture, 2014).