Francesca Martelli

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E-mail: Phone: 310-825-1101 Office: Dodd Hall 254B

I joined the UCLA Classics department in 2013, having taught previously at Oxford, Reading and Cambridge Universities in the UK, and having studied at Trinity College Dublin, where I received my BA, and at Oxford, where I received my DPhil. My interests range widely over Latin literature, and are motivated by a number of different critical concerns — in particular, genetic criticism and editorial theory, psychoanalysis and cultural poetics. Much of my recent research has focused on questions of authorship, and especially on how the role and identity of ancient authors may be complicated, extended and fashioned by the editors who transmit their works. My first book, Ovid’s Revisions: The Editor as Author, explored the particular permutations of this question that arise when an author (Ovid) is also the self-proclaimed editor of his own texts, and exploits this dual identity to circulate meaning both within individual works and across his entire oeuvre. I am currently exploring the more traditional version of this question by considering its application to the editorial choices and interventions made by the editors of Cicero’s letter collections.

I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in Latin language, literature and Roman culture, and am currently developing a GE course that will explore ancient perspectives on the environmental imagination.



  • ‘Letters to the Editor: a reading of ad Fam. 16′, in C. Coombe, T. Geue and F. Middleton (eds.) Between Readers, Writers and Texts in Imperial Literature, Cambridge (under review)
  • (Forthcoming, 2018) ‘Ennius’ imago between tomb and text’, in N. Goldschmidt and B. Graziosi (eds.) The Tomb of the Poet, Oxford
  • (Forthcoming, 2017) ‘The Triumph of Letters: Rewriting Cicero in ad Fam. 15′, Journal of Roman Studies 107
  • (2016) ‘Introduction’, Arethusa 49.3: 393-7
  • (2016) ‘Mourning Tulli-a: the shrine of letters in ad Atticum 12’, Arethusa 49.3: 415-37
  • (2011) ‘Empire and the Limits of Analogy: Aztecs and Romans in Malibu’, review article in Arethusa 44.2: 245-50
  • (2010) ‘Signatures Events Contexts: Copyright at the End of the First Principate’, Ramus 39.2: 130-59
  • (2009) ‘Plumbing Helicon: Poetic Property and the Material World of Statius’ Silvae’, Materiali e Discussioni 62: 145-77