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Allen J. Romano

Allen J. Romano

Assistant Professor Florida State University
Ph.D. Language and Literature, 2004

Allen J. Romano (Ph.D. Stanford) did his undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania before completing his graduate degree at Stanford University. Before coming to Florida State in 2007 he was a Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago from 2005-2007. His research includes all areas of Greek literature and culture, but focuses especially on Greek poetry and drama. He is currently completeing a book-length study of etiological myths in Greek poetry and drama. This study spans literature of the archaic, classical, and Hellenistic periods with particular emphases in hymn, tragedy, and Callimachus. Other research has focused on ancient poetics, epigram, and sound effects in ancient poetry.

Allen's other current projects include: a book on origins in Antiquity, articles on Euripides, Herodas, Callimachus, Athenaeus, and sound effects in Greek poetry and drama, as well as selected digital projects with online commentary and text-mining tragedy.  His most recent articles include a 2011 article on "Callimachus and Contemporary Criticism" (in The Brill Companion to Callimachus, Susan Stephens, Benjamin Acosta-Hughes, Luigi Lehnus [eds.]).  Recent lectures include: "Classics and Digital Humanities" (at "The Future of Classics" Center for Hellenic Studies, 2 April, 2011), "Send in the Gods: Typical Euripides in the Untypical Orestes" (at the University of Pennsylvania, 24 February, 2011), and "Tragic Pasts and Euripidean Explainers" (at 6th Leventis Conference, "History without Historians," Edinburgh, November 2009).

Research and Teaching Specializations

  • Greek Poetry and Poetics, Archaic through Hellenistic
  • Greek Tragedy, especially Euripides
  • Hellenistic Poetry
  • Greek and Roman Mythology, Mythography