Mario Telo

Greek and Roman Literature
Associate Professor

Mario Telò obtained his B.A. and his Ph.D. at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy), where from 2004 to 2007 he was a junior research fellow in Greek literature. His interests include Greek and Roman drama, the Greek novel, object and affect theory, and genre theory.


Aristophanes and the Cloak of Comedy: From Affect to the Canon, forthcoming from University of Chicago Press.

Greek Comedy and the Discourse of Genres, co-edited with E. Bakola and L. Prauscello. Cambridge University Press, 2013

Eupolidis Demi. Le Monnier, 2007.

Archive Feelings: Emotions, Materiality, and the Afterlife of Greek Tragedy (in progress)


The Titular Object: Pregnancy and Props in Plautus and Beyond (in progress)

Recent Articles and Chapters

"Tasting Homer: Matro's Gastroaesthetic Tour Through Epic," forthcoming in K.C. Rudolph, ed., Taste and the Ancient Senses. Routledge, 2015.

"Mad Men: Epicharmus, Odysseus and the Poetics of Desertion," forthcoming in MD.

"Migrating Texts: Roman Comedy and the Poetics of Adaptation," forthcoming in M. Dinter, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Roman Comedy. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

"On the Sauce: Cratinus, Cyclopic Poetics and the Roiling Sea of Epic," Arethusa 47, 2014, 303-20.

"Aristophanes vs. Typhon: Co(s)mic Rivalry and Temporality in Knights," Ramus 43, 2014, 25-44.

"The Last Laugh: Eupolis, Strattis and Plato Against Aristophanes," in M. Fontaine-A. Scafuro, eds., The Oxford Ancient Comedy Handbook. Oxford University Press, 2013, 113-31.

"Aristophanes, Cratinus and the Smell of Comedy," in S. Butler-A. Purves, eds., Synaethesia and the Ancient Senses. Acumen, 53-69.

"Epic, Nostos and Generic Genealogy in Aristophanes' Peace," in E. Bakola, L. Prauscello, M. Telò, eds., Greek Comedy and the Discourse of Genres. Cambridge University Press, 2013, 129-52

"Chasing ΜΗΛΑ: Achilles' Curious Quarry (Sophocles Frag. 1069 Radt)," Classical Philology 117.4, 2012, 349-55.

"The Eagle's Gaze in the Opening of Heliodorus' Aethiopica," American Journal of Philology 132.4, 2011, 581-613.

"Embodying the Tragic Father(s): Autobiography and Intertextuality in Aristophanes," Classical Antiquity 29, 2010, 278-326.

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