Assistant Professor of Practice
Ph.D. in Classics, Brown University
William Tortorelli studies the lyric poetry of the Greek archaic period and Roman reception of Greek lyric poetics. He has recently expanded into work on the political landscape of Greek / Near Eastern interactions as attested in archaic Lesbian poetry. He enjoys the painstaking work of textual criticism, using papyri and Medieval manuscripts to repair the damage that time has done to our ancient texts. He is currently working on a digital platform for reading the fragmentary poets of the 7th and 6th centuries BCE, an article on allegory in the Odes of Horace, and an article on implicit expressions of poetics in archaic Greek poetry.
Professor Tortorelli studied Biochemistry, Neuroscience, and Classics at the University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Classics from Brown University.
Professor Tortorelli is the faculty advisor for the Classical Society.
"A Proposed Colometry of Ibycus 286," Classical Philology 99.4 (2004): 370-376.
Review of Wilkinson, The Lyric of Ibycus: Introduction, Text and Commentary, 2013. Classical Journal
Grants, Awards, and Recognition
University of Pennsylvania Critical Writing Postdoctoral Fellowship
Joukowski Family Fellowship
Two Grimshaw-Gudewicz Foundation Research Grants
University of Florida Teaching Award
Phi Beta Kappa
Recent Papers Delivered
"Lydian Hegemony and Lesbian Politics in Alcaeus" – 2017 SCS annual meeting, Toronto
"Exile and the Wisdom of Alcaeus" – 2015 CAMWS annual meeting, Boulder, CO
"The Wicker Man and Greek Tragedy" – Bryn Mawr Film Institute, March 2015
"The Discovery of a Lost Fragment of Euripides in P.Mich. inv. 3498+3250b verso and P.Mich. inv. 3250c" – Papyrology Workshop, Haverford College, February 2015
"The Poetics of Seduction in Roman Lyric and Elegy" – 2014 CAMWS annual meeting, Waco, TX
"The End of the Road for Ovid the Elegist" – 2012 CAMWS annual meeting, Baton Rouge, LA
"Lyric Wisdom: How Early Greek Poets Teach" – Classical Humanities Society of South Jersey lecture series, fall 2011
"Metapoetic Discourse in the Archaic Poets" – 2011 CAMWS annual meeting, Grand Rapids, MI