Cecilia Cozzi

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  • Visiting Assistant Professor

Contact Info

Wescoe, Rm 1037


Cecilia Cozzi was drawn to Greek literature when she was first exposed to Greek mythology at school in Italy. She was admitted to the “Collegio di Merito Bernardo Clesio”at the University of Trento (Italy), but she has implemented her formation abroad as well. She has been a visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge and at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada), where she completed her master thesis on Hecate, Aphrodite and Circe as Medea’s journey in Apollonius Rhodius’ Argonautica. Before joining the doctoral program at the University of Cincinnati, she has also been teaching as a contract instructor at Carleton University in 2017. When not working, she can be found enjoying ballet, concerts and opera performances, as well as organizing cultural events for the general public.


Ph.D. in Classics, University of Cincinnati, 2023
M.A. in Classics, Università degli Studi di Trento, 2016
B.A. in Classics, Università degli Studi di Trento, 2014


Cecilia’s research interests range from Greek verse (both epic and tragedy) to Latin verse (especially Ovid and the reception of Hellenistic poetry) and rely on the use of different methodologies, including psychoanalysis. Her book project employs psychoanalytical categories to investigate how fathers and sons negotiate inheritance in its broad implications (both tangible and spiritual) on the tragic stage.

Research Interests:

● Greek Verse (epic, tragedy, Hellenistic poetry)

● Latin Verse (Ovid, reception of Hellenistic poetry)

● Intertextuality, Reception, Psychoanalysis


Cecilia teaches courses in Greek civilization and culture, Gender and Sexuality, and Greek and Latin language.

Selected Publications

Cecilia Cozzi. “ Euripides’ Hippolytus: the Human Discourse between Amechania and Mechania,” Classical Journal 118.2: 172-84 (2022)

Cecilia Cozzi. “Being Achilles’ Heir: a Psychoanalytical Reading of Neoptolemus in Sophocles’ Philoctetes,” Helios 49.2: 83-112 (2022)


Cecilia Cozzi. “Eredità ‘imperfetta.’ Una Lettura Psicoanalitica del Racconto di Neottolemo nel Filottete Sofocleo,” in the volume E tutto Prezioso ciò che offrano gli amici. Miscellanea di Studi per Luigi Belloni edited by Labirinti.

Selected Presentations

2024: “Fatherhood as a Metaliterary Device: Interpreting Tragic Allusions in Metamorphoses 13,” SCS, Chicago (pending)

2023: “Reclaiming a Father: A Psychoanalytical Interpretation of Neoptolemus’ Fictitious Tale (Ph. 343-90),” SCS, New Orleans

2022: “Replacing a Father: Hyllus’ future in Sophocles’ Trachiniae,” Midwest Classical Literature Consortium

2021: “Callimachus in the Ovidian Tristia: An Evanescent Presence,” Atlantic Classical Association Conference

2021: “Biological paternity and literary creation: Ovid’ s meta-literary journey in the Tristia,” CAMWS Annual Meeting

2020: “Euripides’ Hippolytus: a Tragedy of Human Amechania,” CAMWS Annual Meeting.