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Giulia Maltagliati

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Faculty of Classics
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Dr Giulia Maltagliati

Dr Giulia Maltagliati is a classicist working on prose texts from fifth and fourth-century Athens with a particular interest in Attic oratory.

Prior to joining Clare Hall as Isaac Newton Junior Research Fellow in 2022, Giulia was a Language Teaching Assistant for the Cambridge Faculty of Classics (2021–22) and a Visiting Tutor at Royal Holloway (2020–21). She completed her PhD (2020) in Classics at Royal Holloway, and MA (2016) and BA (2014) in Philology and Ancient History at the University of Pisa. Giulia is also a Special Supervisor in Classics at Newnham College and an Honorary Research Associate of the Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric (COR) at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Giulia specialises in the field of Greek prose, especially Attic oratory and Classical rhetoric. More broadly, she is interested in the ways in which rhetoric is bound up with questions of knowledge and its lack across Greek literature, particularly in ancient medical writings and historiography. Giulia has published on Attic oratory and edited papyri containing fragments from Isocrates and Demosthenes for the Oxyrhynchus Papyri series. Giulia’s current book project, Persuading with the Past: paradeigmata, rhetoric, and decision-making in Classical Athens, assesses the operation of arguments from historical examples in deliberative, forensic, and epideictic speeches from fourth-century Athens. Her future research will continue her interdisciplinary focus on the interaction between knowledge, ignorance, and persuasion by mapping the rhetorical strategies by which ancient medical writings confront, and try to give a convincing account of, uncertain and unpredictable scenarios. She is currently working on an edited volume with Dr Lea Niccolai (Cambridge) on the possibilities of speaking the unknowable in antiquity.

Select publications

  • Persuasion through Proximity and Distance in the Attic Orators’ Historical Examples, G. Maltagliati, GRBS 60, 68-97 (2020)
  • Manipolare il passato, prefigurare il futuro: esempi storici ed emozioni nell’ oratoria deliberativa attica, G. Maltagliati, Rhesis, 11, 290-98 (2020)
  • POxy5488 and 5490, The Oxyrhynchus Papyri LXXXV, 41-3, G. Maltagliati (2020)

Select awards

  • International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR) Research Fellowship, 2021
  • George Grote Prize in Ancient History (ICS, London), 2020
  • DAAD Research Grant (Humboldt Universität Berlin), 2018

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