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Arianna Gullo

“Ekphrasis and Epigram in the Age of Justinian”

Arianna Gullo

University of Glasgow, Byzantine Studies Fellow

Gullo’s project pursues an innovative approach to Greek ekphrastic epigrams in the age of Justinian (527–565 CE). These short poems, which describe (mostly lost) ancient artworks and monuments, not only represent substantial sources for their reconstruction, but also uniquely allow us to cast new light on the transformation of art in Byzantium after the rise of Christianity. The monograph she aims to produce will offer a detailed analysis of the epigrams, including a new edition with English translations of these texts, in order to reveal responses to material culture and iconography and to show the development of a Christian visual culture.

Arianna Gullo received her PhD from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa in 2015, and is currently lecturer in classics at the University of Glasgow, having previous held a two-year Newton International Fellowship at Durham University (2016–18), a one-month research award at Dumbarton Oaks, and a research fellowship at the University of Cincinnati in 2016. Her main research interests are Greek epigram and epigraphy, Hellenistic poetry, and late antiquity. She has recently completed her first monograph, a commentary on the entire Book 7 of the Greek Anthology, forthcoming in 2019. She is currently preparing the edition with commentary of the epigrams by the sixth-century poet Julian the Egyptian.