Lorenza Bennardo

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream


Lorenza Bennardo graduated from University of Pisa (MA) and Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (PhD). Her main research focusses on Latin Poetry of the 1st century C.E., and in particular on the literary production of Roman-Neapolitan poet Statius, active under the Flavian emperors (69-96 C.E.). In her published work, Dr. Bennardo investigates a broad range of issues concerning Statius’ epic poem, the Thebaid: from the influence of philosophical ideas on Statius’ representation of power to the construction of a distinctive ‘ekphrastic’ style that responds to contemporary theories of enargeia. Her current research delves into exegetical practices of Early Imperial Rome, exploring how scholarly debates influence the creation of Latin poetry. More broadly, she is interested in poetry as implicit commentary on the literary past. 

Dr. Bennardo’s other ongoing projects include research on the concept of “aesthetic impoverishment” in Latin literature, and various collaborations on active and digital Latin pedagogy.
Since arriving at the University of Toronto, Dr. Bennardo has taught a wide range of undergraduate classes, including introductory and advanced language classes, history and civilization courses, and literature courses in translation.

“On Statius, Theb. 8.26 and its interpretation in later readers”, Mnemosyne 70.3 (2017), 436-49 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1568525x-12342117)

“Dominique imitantia mores: Pluto’s unphilosophic Underworld in Statius, Thebaid 8”, Phoenix 72 (2018), 271-292. 

“Color terms and the creation of Statius’ ekphrastic style’, Classical Quarterly (2021), https://www.doi.org/10.1017/S0009838821000185

“Beyond Alexandria: Problems and Prospects for Graeco-Roman Commentary”, with Kenneth Yu, forthcoming in The Medieval Globe