Dr. Zara Torlone

Dr. Zara TorloneProfessor

108 Irvin Hall


Hours by Appointment


  • Ph.D., Classics, Columbia University, 1999
  • American Academy in Rome, Summer, 1997
  • M.Phil., Classics, Columbia University, 1997
  • M.A., Classics, Columbia University, 1994
  • B.A., Classical Philology, magna cum laude, Moscow University, 1990

Ph.D. Dissertation

"Eclogue and Elegy: The Intergeneric and Intertextual Dialogue between Vergil's Eclogues and Roman Love Elegy" (advisor: James E.G. Zetzel).

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Reception of Antiquity in Russian Literature
  • Translation Theory
  • Latin Poetry: Vergil and Roman Elegy
  • Textual Criticism
  • Latin Prose under Nero
  • Ancient and Modern Literary Theory

Courses Taught at Miami 

  • First Year Seminar. Nostalgia: Past, Present, Future
  • Advanced Latin: Roman Love Elegy
  • Elementary Latin 
  • Elementary Greek
  • Intermediate Latin: Vergil's Aeneid, Eclogues
  • Ovid's Amores, Ars Amatoria
  • Intermediate Greek: Lysias and Plato
  • Homer's Odyssey
  • Oedipus Rex (Independent Study)
  • Roman Elegy (in translation)
  • Helen of Troy in Literature from Homer to Goethe (undergraduate seminar)
  • Greek Civilization in its Mediterranean Context
  • Classical Mythology (thematic sequence course)
  • Classical Mythology (honors course)
  • Roman Civilization
  • Greek Paleography and Textual Criticism (Independent Study)
  • Classical Tradition in Russian Poetry
  • Arts and Empire in Classical World and Russia
  • Roman Novel: Petronius and Apuleius
  • Greek and Roman Lyric Poetry
  • Literature Humanities: Columbia University Core Curriculum 

Grants and Awards 

  • 2013 - Summer - Howe Writing Center grant for developing writing in the First Year Seminar, Miami University ($2000)
  • 2013 - Summer - Faculty Research Appointment, Miami University ($6,000)
  • 2012-2013 - Loeb Classical Library Foundation Research Grant, Harvard University ($35,000)
  • Spring 2008 - Loeb Classical Library Foundation Research Grant, Harvard University ($25,000)
  • 2008 - Summer - Faculty Research Appointment, Miami University ($ 6,000)
  • Spring 2009 - Faculty Research Appointment, Miami University

Selected Publications


  1. Virgil and his Translators (co-editor with Susanna Braund), (Oxford University Press, September 2018).
  2. Blackwell-Wiley Handbook on Classical Reception in Eastern and Central Europe (2017).
  3. Vergil in Russia: National Identity and Classical Reception. Oxford University Press. (January 2015).
  4. Roman Love Poetry (co-authored with Denise McCoskey). IB Tauris and Oxford University Press (2013).
    A review can be found here (Classical Review)
  5. Soul and Passion: Marina Tsvetaeva’s Classical Plays. Introduction, Translation and Commentary (co-authored with Maria S. Fox). Create Space (2011).
  6. Russia and the Classics: Poetry’s Foreign Muse. Bloomsbury (Duckworth). London, UK (2009).


  1. “Happy Vergil Goes North: The Aeneid in Russian Letters,” Classical World, forthcoming in 2016.
  2. "Introduction to a Special Issue. ‘The Missing Link’: Classical Reception in the ‘Younger’ Europe,’” Classical Receptions Journal, vol. 5. no. 3 (2013): 257-267.
  3. “Russian Tityrus: Joseph Brodsky in Arcadia,”Classical Receptions Journal, vol. 5. no. 3 (2013): 285-298.
  4. “Vasilii Petrov and the First Russian Translation of the Aeneid,” Classical Receptions Journal, vol. 3 no. 2 (2011): 227- 247.
  5. “Viacheslav Ivanov’s Vergils Historiosophie: Translation, Background, and Commentary” (co-authored with John M. Jeep). Toronto Slavic Quarterly 27 (2009). Academic Electronic Journal of the University of Toronto. http://www.utoronto.ca/tsq/27/jeep-torlone27.shtml.
  6. “The Joy of Exile: Ovid and Russian Poets,” Genre: A Thematic Journal for Comparative Literature and Classics. Long Beach, CA: California State University (January, 2009): 1-26.
  7. “The Olympic Victor List in Eusebius’ Chronika: Background, Text, and Translation,” (coauthored with Paul Christesen of Dartmouth College). Traditio: Studies in Ancient and Medieval Thought, History, and Religion 61 (January 2007): 33-91.


  • “Soul and Passion: Marina Tsvetaeva’s Classical Plays.” ASEEES, Boston, November 2018.
    “Catherine the Great’s Greek Project and Vasilii Petrov’s Aeneid,” Association for Eastern European and Eurasian Studies. Washington, DC, November 2016.
  • “The Greek Revival under Catherine the Great and the First Russian translation of the Aeneid,” Mediterranean Studies Association Congress, Athens, Greece, May 2015. I organized a panel on the Greek Revival under Catherine the Great.
  • “Joy of Exile: Ovid in Russian Poetry,” Young Researchers Conference sponsored by the Havighurst Center, Cuma, Italy, June 2015. I was also the organizer of the conference.
  • “Lost in Translation: Russian Translation of the Aeneid,” Symposium Cumanum 2015.
  • “Russian Tityrus: Joseph Brodsky in Arcadia,” American Philological Association (APA), 2013.
  • “Writing Catherine as Dido,” National Kapodistrian University of Athens, May 2015, by invitation of the Department of Classics
  • “Russian Translations of the Aeneid,” by invitation of UBC, workshop Vergil’s Translators, September, 2012, Vancouver, Canada.
  • “Odysseus Ancient and Modern: Juxtaposition as a Pedagogical Tool,” APA, 2011.
  • “Russian Meliboeus: Joseph Brodsky in Arcadia,” Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), 2010.
  • “Russian Reception of Vergil’s Aeneid: Civic Identity and the Classics,” June 2009 Symposium Cumanum, Cumae, Italy.
  • “Vergil goes North: Aeneas’ Journey in Russian Poetry,” APA, January 2009.
  • “Voicing Passions: Phaedra of Euripides and Marina Tsvetaeva,” ASEEES, November 2008. Washington, DC.
  • “The Joy of Nostalgia: Reception of Ovid in Russian Poetry,” APA, January 2008.
  • “Living through the Soviet Empire,” Havighurst Center Colloquia, April 2007.
  • “Ovid and Osip Mandelshtam,” Classical Association of the Midwest and South. (CAMWS), April 2007.
  • “Et in Arcadia Gallus: Eclogues and Elegy,” APA, January 2007. 



  • 2015 - Present - Professor of Classics
  • 2013 - 2014 - Havighurst Center Core Faculty
  • 2009 - 2015 - Associate Professor of Classics
  • 2005 - 2009 - Assistant Professor of Classics
  • 2001 - 2005 - Miami University, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics
  • 2001 - 2005 - Havighurst Center Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • 2000 - 2001 - Miami University, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics
  • 1998 - 2000 - Bard College, Visiting Assistant Professor


  • 2000 – present, Miami University 
  • 1998 - 2000 Bard College, New York
  • 1992 - 1998 Columbia University
  • 1990 -1991 Yerevan State University, Armenia


  • 2001-2004 - Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University ($12, 000 per annum)
  • 1997 - New York Classical Club Scholarship for Study in Rome ($4, 000)
  • 1994-1996 - Presidential Fellowship, Columbia University ($10, 000)
  • 1992 -1993 - Classics Scholarship, Columbia University ($10, 000)

PUBLICATIONS: Chapters in Volumes

  1. Writing Arenas: Roman Writers and Their Games” (in the peer-reviewed Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity). Malden, MA and Oxford: Wiley- Blackwell (2013): 412-421.
  2. “Joseph Brodsky’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’: Gender, Genre, and Reception” (in the peer-reviewed volume Emotion, Gender, and Literary Genre in Antiquity). Bloomsbury, London (2011): 241-260.
  3. “The Tale of Two Cities: Ancient Rome and St. Petersburg of Osip Mandelshtam” (in the peer-reviewed volume Preserving Petersburg: History, Tradition, Memory, and Loss). Bloomington: Indiana University Press (2008): 88-114.
  4. In Blackwell-Wiley Handbook on Classical Reception of Antiquity in Eastern and Central Europe.
    1. “Classical Reception in Eastern and Central Europe: An Introduction”
    2. “Vergil in Russia: The Milestones of Identity”

PUBLICATIONS: Edited Volumes

  1. Blackwell-Wiley Handbook on Classical Reception in Eastern and Central Europe (co-editor, forthcoming 2016). 
  2. Invited guest editor: Classical Reception in Eastern Europe. Classical Receptions Journal: Special Issue. Oxford Journals, vol. 5. no. 3 (2013).
  3. Insiders and Outsiders in Russian Cinema (collection of essays, co-edited with Stephen Norris). Bloomington: Indiana University Press (2008).

PUBLICATIONS: Encyclopedia Entries

The Virgil Encyclopedia, entries on Viacheslav Ivanov, Vasilii Petrov, Vladimir Solov’ev, Joseph Brodsky. Malden, MA and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell (2013).


  1. “Classical Myth in Three Poems of Joseph Brodsky,” Classical and Modern Literature, vol. 23. no.1 (2003): 95-114.
  2. “Classical Philology in Russia: Past, Present, and Future,” Classical Bulletin, 78.2. (2003): 195-206.
  3. "Ex omnibus in unum, nec hoc nec illud: Epic Frame and Generic Juxtaposition in Petronius' Satyricon," (coauthored with Paul Christesen). Materiali e Discussioni 49 (2003): 135-172.
  4. "From Daphnis to Gallus: the Metamorphosis of a Pastoral Hero in the Eclogues," New England Classical Journal, 29.4 (2002): 204-221.


  1. Kunichika, Michael. “Our Native Antiquity”: Archaeology and Aesthetics in the Culture of Russian Modernism. Studies in Russian and Slavic Literatures, Cultures, and History. Brighton, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2015
  2. Bloomer, W. Martin. The School of Rome: Latin Studies and the Origins of Liberal Education (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2012.03.19.).
  3. A Companion to Classical Receptions. Eds. Lorna Hardwick and Christopher Stray. Blackwell Publishing, 2008. (The Classical Outlook 86.1: 42-43).
  4. Maria Carducci Bolchazy (ed.) Classical Considerations: Useful Wisdom from Greece and Rome (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, August 10, 2006).
  5. Jacob E. Nyenhius, Myth and the Creative Process. Michael Ayrton and the Myth of Daedalus, the Maze Maker (Classical Outlook, 83.3. 122-123, 2006).
  6. Charles Martindale, Latin Poetry and the Judgment of Taste. An essay on Aesthetics (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 09-10-2005).
  7. M. Gumpert, Grafting Helen. The Abduction of the Classical Past (The Classical Outlook, vol. 80, No. 3, 2003: 123-124).
  8. R.E. Meagher, The Meaning of Helen: In Search of an Ancient Icon (The Classical Outlook, vol. 80, 2003, No. 2: 92-93).
  9. L. Hardwick and S. Harrison, Classics in the Modern World. A ‘Democratic Turn? (Classical Journal


  1. Russian Mythological Tragedy and the Emergence of Lyric Voice, Oxford University Press
  2. Russians in Italy


  1. Vergil’s Translators (co-editor, the volume under consideration with Oxford University Press)


  1. In Vergil’s Translators: “Epic Failures: Vasilii Zhukovskii’s Translation of Aeneid 2 and Russian Translations of the Aeneid
  2. III. “Muted Voices: Marina Tsvetaeva’s Classical Heroines” In Brill’s Companion to Classical Reception and Modern World Poetry
  3. IV. “Russian Translations of Homer and Vergil,” in Blackwell Companion to Translation of Greek and Roman Epic

WORKS IN PROGRESS: Translation from Russian

  • An essay on the Russian classicist Olga Freidenberg. The essay will be written by a Russian scholar and translated into English and edited by me for a volume Unsealing the Fountain: Pioneering Female Philologists from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century (edited by Edith Hall, Oxford University Press).


  • “The Tale of Two Cities: Ancient Rome and St. Petersburg of Osip Mandelshtam: Rewriting Ovid’s Exile,” ASEEES, November 2006.
  • Carmina Digna and the Art of Allusion: Theocritus, Vergil’s Ninth Eclogue and New Gallus,” CAMWS, 2006.
  • “Elegiac Discourse in the Eclogues: The Meaning of Libertas in the First Eclogue,” APA, 2005.
  • Frater Adempte Mihi: Catullus 68 and 101,” American Classical League Institute, 2004.
  • “Reception of Antiquity: a View from Russia,” Miami University Lyceum Lecture Series, 2003.
  • “The Tale of Two Cities: Ancient Rome and St. Petersburg of Osip Mandelshtam,” Havighurst Center Colloquia, 2003.
  • "Can the aurea mediocritas be Found? Teaching Classics in Russia and America," Ohio Classical Conference (OCC), 2003.
  • "Joseph Brodsky's Classical Antiquity," Havighurst Colloquia, 2002.
  • “The Spectacle of Genre in Petronius’ Cena Trimalchionis,” CAMWS, 2002.
  • "The Fragment of Gallus from Qasr Ibrîm and the Extent of its Influence on Roman Love Poetry," CAMWS 2001.