Julene Abad Del Vecchio

Julene Abad Del Vecchio


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I am a Lecturer in Classical Literature and Culture at Manchester, where I also gained my doctorate in 2019. After working as the Postdoctoral Research Associate on the Ancient Letter Collections Project (Durham/Glasgow/Manchester), and Lecturer at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (2022-2023), I am thrilled to return to my alma mater

Research interests

My main research area is the Latin literature of the 1st century AD, and the poetry of the Neapolitan poet Statius in particular. My forthcoming book, The Dark Side of Statius' Achilleid: Epic Distorted (OUP, 2024), offers a reconsideration of the more 'serious' themes at the heart of this fascinating epic poem, exploring central aspects of this composition that lend themselves to epic and tragic readings, as well as mapping out Statius' relationship with his literary predecessors (Homer, Sophocles, Virgil and Ovid among others). My project examines the darker echoes, the alternative paths, the conflicting paradoxes, embryonic but very much present in the poem's narrative.

Some of my recent publications have focused on the presence and significance of the Amazons in Statius, aspects of the language of the Achilleid, as well as themes of motherhood in the same poem, and the use of wordplay in Ovid's Metamorphoses.

I am also intrigued by the reception of classical literature within the works of the dramatists of the Spanish Golden Age (especially Tirso de Molina and Calderón de la Barca). I have also edited with A. Sarri a special issue of the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library on the Aldine Edition of the Ancient Greek Epistolographers.

Current research projects include a special issue on Egypt in Imperial Latin literature, an examination of ideas of belatedness in ancient epistolography, a reconsideration of authorial interrelations and intertextuality in Flavian texts, and a nascent project on grief and loss in Latin literature. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

External positions

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Durham

Mar 2023Dec 2023

Areas of expertise

  • PA Classical philology
  • Latin literature


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