A. (Andrea) De March MA

  • PhD student
  • Latin language and literature

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2602
E-Mail: a.de.march@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Centre for the Arts in Society, Latijnse T&C
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.20b

Fields of interest

  • History of the Latin language
  • Metrics and rhythmic
  • Translation studies
  • Classical reception and tradition
  • New testament philology and early Christian literature


My current research activity is embedded in the project Anchoring Innovation (Project VI: Inventing anchors? The function of ‘Greek models’ within the process of innovation in Early Roman Drama) the new research agenda of the National Research School in Classical Studies in the Netherlands (OIKOS), and is supervised by prof. Antje Wessels.

After a period of pre-literary performances, comic dramas known as fabulae palliatae were one of the first official literary forms to give birth to early Latin literature. Among these, Plautus’ comedies give us the possibility of investigating how the palliata became an acknowledged literary genre. As Gellius records, Plautus’ plays received immediate success and attention and, thus, it must be supposed that they displayed many remarkable features that granted them a full literary status. At this point, the essential question to ask is how Plautus succeeded in establishing his innovative dramas as an acknowledged literary system. The aim of my PhD project is to show that embedding new Italic and Roman elements into the familiar Greek setting enabled Plautus to reach this goal. Up to this period, the Roman audience was in fact already familiar with different kind of comic dramatic forms (e.g. the pre-literary Italic Atellana, Livius Andronicus’, Naevius’ and Ennius’ palliatae). So, in order to avoid recipients’ disorientation or rejection, Plautus found himself forced to call up a surrounding which his audience was well acquainted with.

To sum up, Plautus’ device was aimed at giving literary legitimacy to new Italic and Roman elements by ‘anchoring’ them to the traditional Greek setting. Investigating this strategy of ‘anchoring’ will shed new light on Plautus’ awareness of the institutionalized idea of work of art and the potential obstacles he faced in his attempt to launch a new genre. My aim is thus to determine the role of mimicry of authoritative pre-existing models in conforming to the recipients’ expectations and to show that its being a strategy for acceptance should not be regarded as a lack of originality. For this purpose, the heuristic approach of ‘anchoring’ borrowed from a field unrelated to Classics, namely the Social Psychology, proves to be particularly suitable. Evidently, this concept needs to be further developed and adapted to the different context and discipline of my research. For example, my highlighting reciprocity in anchoring could be understood as a ‘double anchor’: besides anchoring Roman innovation to Greek tradition, did Plautus anchor Greek drama to Roman traditional culture as well? Do both the processes coexist?

Curriculum vitae

2015-current: PhD researcher in Latin language and literature, Leiden Universiteit

2014-2015 (shelved): Teaching qualification course in Greek, Latin, Italian, History and Geography (TFA A052, Materie letterarie, Latino e Greco nel Liceo Classico), University of Verona

After earning my Master Degree (October 2013) I taught Italian, Latin, Greek, History and Geography both in Middle and Secondary Schools in Italy.

2011-2013: MA in Classical Literature, Philology and Tradition cum laude, Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna (Thesis: ‘Gaius Valgius Rufus: the testimonies and the poetic fragments’, supervisors: prof.ssa Bruna Pieri and prof. Francesco Citti)

2012: Summer school in Greek Metrics, University of Urbino

2008-2011: BA in Classics cum laude, University of Verona (Thesis: ‘The exceptional endings of the hexameter: a survey on Horace’s Satires, supervisors: prof. Alberto Cavarzere and prof.ssa Licinia Ricottilli)

Last Modified: 10-12-2015