Duncan MacRae and Mario Telò join the Classics faculty!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Classics is delighted to welcome two new faculty members this fall!

DUNCAN MACRAE is a Roman historian.  His research embraces Roman religious and intellectual history, and he has recently published a book that combines these interests,  Legible Religion: Books, Gods and Rituals in Roman Culture (Harvard University Press, 2016).  He grew up in England, in the far reaches of south London, and was educated at Trinity College Dublin and Harvard University.  Before joining us here at Berkeley (thus completing his westward migration), he taught at the University of Cincinnati for three years.  He is looking forward to teaching a seminar on Roman polytheism and classes on Republican Latin prose and Classical Mythology in the 2016/17 academic year.

MARIO TELÒ comes to us from UCLA, where he taught for eight years.  Born on the banks of the Padus amnis (“the Po”), where he learned Latin as a puer, and educated at the monastic Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, he is a dedicated literary interpreter of the intricacies—formal, ideological, affective—of ancient texts.  His interests cover the full range of Greek literature, with an emphasis on comedy, tragedy, and the novel.  His most recent book is Aristophanes and the Cloak of Comedy (University of Chicago Press, 2016). This term he is excited to teach the Proseminar (Classics 200) and a reading course on Daphnis and Chloe (Greek 125).