Emilio Capettini received his BA and MA from the University of Pisa and the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. He completed his PhD at Princeton University in 2016 with a dissertation entitled “An Improbable Symphony: Genealogy, Paternity, and Identity in Heliodorus’ Aethiopica.” In addition to the ancient novel, he is keenly interested in Greek epic poetry, Greek tragedy, and classical reception studies.
At the moment, Emilio is completing a monograph that explores the dynamics of selfhood in Heliodorus’ Aethiopica. His next project, provisionally titled “Greek Characters Erasing in the Weather”: Queer Returns to Antiquity during the AIDS Crisis, will examine how, since the early ’80s, queer writers and artists active in North America and the UK (e.g., John Dugdale, Derek Jarman, Mark Merlis, and Paul Monette) have turned to the literary and material traces of Greco-Roman antiquity as they have reacted to, and reflected on, the sudden and seemingly inexplicable onset of HIV/AIDS.
- “Destiny’s Queer Scribblings: Greek Myth and Etiologies of HIV/AIDS,” in E. Haselswerdt, S. H. Lindheim, and K. Ormand (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Classics and Queer Theory (Routledge, 2023), 347-59.
- Classics and Prison Education in the US, edited by E. Capettini and N. S. Rabinowitz (Routledge, 2021)
- “Nero the Viper: Zoological Lore and Political Critique in the Life of Apollonius of Tyana,” American Journal of Philology 141.4 (Winter 2020): 635-64.
- “Reimagining the Fall of Menander’s Cnemon: Aelian’s Rustic Epistle 15,” Mnemosyne 72 (2019): 652-59.
- “Eros’ Attack on κτήματα: A Note on Sophocles, Antigone 782,” Classical Quarterly 68.2 (2018): 408-14.
- “Charicleia the Bacchante: Erōs and Genealogy in Heliodorus’ Aethiopica,” in E. Cueva et al. (eds.), Re-wiring the Ancient Novel. Vol. 1: Greek Novels (Groningen: Barkhuis, 2018), 195-220.
“La ‘vera’ Andromaca: Eur. Tro. 731-732,” Materiali e discussioni per l’analisi dei testi classici 58 (2007): 217-23.