Dr Arianna Gullo

  • Affiliate - Classics (School of Humanities)

Research interests

  • Greek Literature
  • Hellenistic Poetry
  • Greek Epigram and Epigraphy
  • Late Antiquity
  • Byzantine Manuscript Transmission
  • Material Culture

Arianna Gullo is currently Lecturer in Classics, having previous held a Newton International Fellowship in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University (2016-2018), and research fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C., at the University of Cincinnati's Department of Classics (2016), and at the American Academy in Rome (2013-2014). She read Classics at the University of Pisa (2005-2010) and at the Scuola Normale Superiore (2005-2013), from which she obtained her PhD in 2015.

She is currently preparing the first edition with commentary of the epigrams of one of the most important late antique Greek poets, the sixth-century CE epigrammatist Julian the Egyptian. Her doctoral studies on sepulchral epigrams led to the completion of the first full commentary on Book 7 of the Greek Anthology, which contains more than 750 sepulchral epigrams by roughly 140 authors, dating from the 5th century BCE to the Byzantine era. The monograph will be published at the 'Edizioni della Normale' in 2019. Her next project, after the completion of her current edition and commentary on Julian the Egyptian, will focus on ekphrasis in sixth-century CE Greek literary texts and ask how visual description is affected by religious and social change.

She has recently organized an international conference on ekphrasis and Greek literature from the imperial age to the Byzantine era held at Durham University on 5-6 July 2018.


  • Durham Classics and Ancient History Research Committee award for the organization expenses of my conference ‘Ekphrasis and Greek Literature: from the Second Century CE to the Byzantine Era’ (£2000, awarded February 2018)
  • Newton International Fellowship, British Academy, hosted by the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University (October 2016 - September 2018) 
  • One-Month Research Award, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington D.C. ($3000, residential August 2016)
  • Tytus Summer Fellowship, Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati (residential, May - June 2016)
  • Fully-funded scholarship (‘Borsa di formazione’) for postgraduate studies, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (January - October 2014)
  • American Academy in Rome / Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa Exchange Fellowship, American Academy in Rome (residential, September 2013 - February 2014)
  • Fully-funded stipendiary Ph.D. Fellowship, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (November 2010 - October 2013)
  • Fully-funded scholarship for undergraduate studies, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (October 2005 - September 2010)
  • Certamen Sallustianum Award for the best commentary on a passage from Sallust’s De bello Catilinae, Liceo Classico Domenico Cotugno, L’Aquila (€300, May 2004)