A. J. Korzeniewski

  • Visiting Lecturer


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

  • 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.

  • Dr. Jacques Bromberg spent four weeks in May and June 2017 traveling over 2,000km around Sicily with fifteen Pitt undergraduates, as part of the Classics Department’s new study abroad program.

  • Congratulations to Classics major, Allie Roos, on her acceptance to the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome for the spring term, 2017!

  • In the spring term 2016, Dr. Christina Hoenig carried out research at the Sorbonne University in Paris, spoke at a conference on Plato’s dialogue Timaeus at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and from there travelled to Dublin, Ireland, where she held a visiting fellowship at the Plato Centre of Trinity College.

  • Dr. Nicholas F. Jones' completed texts, translations, and commentaries on the major Athenian historians Androtion and Philochoros were uploaded at Brill's New Jacoby—the updated edition of Felix Jacoby's Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker.

  • Dr. Andrew Korzeniewski, who joined the Classics faculty in 2016-2017 as a Visiting Lecturer, was voted Professor of the Month for March 2016 by the Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Pitt’s Sophomore class Honors Society

  • Dr. Carrie Weaver's monograph, The Bioarchaeology of Classical Kamarina: Life and Death in Greek Sicily, was published by the University Press of Florida in September 2015. Dr. Weaver joined the Classics faculty in 2016-2017 as a Visiting Assistant Professor.

  • A.W. Mellon Professor Emeritus H. P. Stahl has just completed a major study of Vergil's Aeneid.  The book is entitled Poetry Underpinning Power: Vergil's Aeneid for Emperor Augustus. A Recovery Study