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Giovanna Ceserani

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Giovanna Ceserani

Associate Professor of Classics

Giovanna Ceserani works on the classical tradition with an emphasis on the intellectual history of classical scholarship, historiography and archaeology from the eighteenth century onwards. She is interested in the role that Hellenism and Classics played in the shaping of modernity and, in turn, in how the questions we ask of the classical past originate in specific modern cultural, social and political contexts.

Her book Italy’s Lost Greece: Magna Graecia and the making of modern archaeology appeared from Oxford University Press in 2012. She is working now on two book projects; the first concerns the emergence of modern histories of ancient Greece, and the second on modern travels to ancient lands. Her interest in travel is engaging new digital approaches with a focus on eighteenth-century travel to Italy: she was a founding member of the Stanford digital project Mapping the Republic of Letters, and is director of the Stanford digital project The Grand Tour Project


Giovanna Ceserani, Thea De Armond, Sarah C. Murray, Giorgio Caviglia, Nicole Coleman, Molly Taylor-Poleskey
March 2017
As published in the American Historical Review by Giovanna Ceserani, Giorgio Caviglia, Nicole Coleman, Thea De Armond, Sarah Murray, and Molly Taylor...
Giovanna Ceserani, Caroline Winterer, Dan Edelstein, Paula Findlen, Nicole Coleman
March 2017
As published in the American Historical Review by Dan Edelstein, Paula Findlen, Giovanna Ceserani, Caroline Winterer, and Nicole Coleman:
"What can a...
February 2012
Italy's Lost Greece is the untold story of the modern engagement with the ancient Greek settlements of South Italy--an area known since antiquity as...