A. J. Korzeniewski

  • Part-time Instructor


Classics - 1501 CL

Born in NYC, raised in Newtown, Connecticut – also the home of Suzanne Collins, author of Hunger Games and amateur classicist (Katniss, the virginal huntress = Artemis, essentially). Goose from Top Gun also lives in my town, but that’s a different sort of “classic.” Was a Pre-Law major at Villanova (i.e., Classics & Political Science double-major) but liked reading epic – hence my primary specialization in Vergil – more than statutes so took the GRE in place of the LSAT. Married (Hi, Mollie!), no kids.

Education & Training

  • PhD Classics, University of Pittsburgh, Dec. ‘14; Dissertation: “Killing Turnus: A Study of Aeneas, Man of Action.” Director: Dr. D.M. Possanza.
  • MA Classics, Villanova University
  • Post Baccalaureate Program in Classics, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA Classics & Political Science, Villanova University
  • Newtown High School, Newtown, Connecticut

Representative Publications

“The Growth of Venus.” Delivered at the 5th International Kraków Study of Religions Symposium. Kraków, 7-9 November 2016. Conference organizer: Dr. Joanna Malita - Król, Jagiellonian University

“I Dreamed a Dream: The Psychology Behind Aeneid ii.268-297 and vii.404-474.” Delivered at the Classical Association of the UK Annual Conference. Bristol, 10-13 April 2015. Conference organizer: Dr. Isabella Sandwell, Bristol University

“On the Positive Merit of the Body: Dante’s Commedia and Aeneid 6.” Delivered at the Virgil and Renaissance Culture Conference / Virgilio e la Cultura del Rinascimento. Mantua, 13-15 October 2012. Conference organizers: Dr. Marco Sgarbi, University of Verona, and Dr. Luke B.T. Houghton, University of Glasgow

“Dante, Livy, and Vergilian Hope.” Delivered at the Classical Association of the UK Annual Conference. Durham, 15-18 April 2011. Conference organizer: Dr. Paola Ceccarelli, Durham University

“A Programmatic Case of Levity in Vergil’s Georgics.” 2009 Classical Association of Scotland/Classical Association of the UK Conference. Glasgow, 3-6 April 2009. Conference organizer: Dr. Costas Panayotakis, University of Glasgow

Research Interests

  • Humor in Ancient Epic 
  • Augustan Age 
  • Political Satire in Greek Comedy 
  • Digital Humanities
  • Dante Alighieri & his Relationship with Vergil
  • Intertextuality in Ancient Literature Classics and Modern Pop-Culture Bucolic
  • Poetry
  • Literary Social Criticism
  • History of Latin Language

Research Category

What we've been up to lately

  • For four weeks in May, Dr. Carrie Weaver and 15 Pitt undergrads studied and traveled in Sicily through the Classics Department's Pitt in Sicily study abroad program. In the classroom, the students studied Greek archaeology and read works of ancient Greek literature that were directly connected to the island. On excursion, they circumnavigated Sicily and were able to experience first-hand many of the sites and objects that they learned about in class

  • This past June, Dr. Jacques A. Bromberg chaired a paper session at the second workshop on Conflict Resolution in Ancient and Modern Contexts: Theory and Genre at King’s College London (read about the workshop here). He was joined by colleagues from Colombia, Brazil, the UK, USA, Spain, and Germany in producing new research on how Classical literature exemplifies and showcases conflict resolution skills. In April, Dr. Bromberg attended the first workshop in Bogotá, Colombia, where he presented a paper entitled "Peace through Sport: Modern Lessons from Ancient Sources".

  • Dr. Nicholas F. Jones is now under contract to submit revised texts, translations, and commentaries for the recently inaugurated second edition of Brill’s New Jacoby (“BNJ2”). The first twenty-one entries will take him through a September 1, 2018 deadline, with the remaining (more substantial) authors to follow later on a new deadline.

  • Dr. Mae Smethurst Mae was invited by the Classics Department of the University of Kyoto to give two lectures - one on Euripides' "Medea", April 20th, and another on Sophocles' "Antigone", May 1tth, 2018.