Pramit Chaudhuri

Associate Professor of Classics

Pramit Chaudhuri specialises in the Latin poetry of the early Roman empire set within a broader study of classical epic and tragedy. His recent book, The War with God (Oxford 2014), explores literary depictions of ‘theomachy’ (conflicts between humans and gods) and their mediation of issues such as religious conflict, philosophical iconoclasm, political struggle, and poetic rivalry. Articles on subjects ranging from Vergilian wordplay to Shakespeare’s collaborative work have appeared in journals such as Classical Quarterly and ELH: English Literary History. He is currently working on two principal projects: a book on the representation of debate and diplomacy in Roman epic and historiography, and a collaborative project with researchers from Harvard and Cambridge on computational approaches to intertextuality. His work has been supported by the award of a Digital Innovation Fellowship from the American Council for Learned Societies as well as various other grants. He is the co-founder and co-president of the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR), an affiliate group of the Society for Classical Studies. 

309 Reed Hall, Department of Classics
HB 6086
B.A. Balliol College, Oxford University
M.A. Courtauld Institute of Art
Ph.D. Yale University

Selected Publications

Article: Chaudhuri, P., J. Dexter, and J. Bonilla Lopez. ‘Strings, Triangles, and Go-betweens: Intertextual Approaches to Silius’ Carthaginian Debates’. Dictynna 12 (2015).

Article: 'The Thebaid in Italian Renaissance Epic: The Case of Capaneus'. Dominik, W., C. Newlands, and K. Gervais (eds.). Brill’s Companion to Statius. Leiden: Brill, 2015. Pp. 527-42.

Book: The War with God: Theomachy in Roman Imperial Poetry (Oxford, 2014).

Article: 'Classical Quotation in Titus Andronicus'. ELH: English Literary History 81.3 (2014) 787-810.

Edited Book: W Brockliss, P Chaudhuri, A Haimson Lushkov, and K Wasdin, Reception and the Classics: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Classical Tradition (Cambridge, 2012).

Speaking engagements

'Outsourcing and Computerisation: Classics Out in the World', Classics And/As World Literature, King’s College London, June 2016

'The Sign of Three: Triangulating Silius’ Carthaginian Debates', University of Texas at Austin, February 2016

'Classical Intertextuality and Computation', FL@DH: Foreign Languages in the Digital Humanities, University of Texas at Austin, February 2016

'What Can Computers Do for Philology? A Case Study in (Pseudo-)Seneca' (co-presenter with Joseph Dexter), Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting, San Francisco, January 2016

Works in progress

Book: The Art of Diplomacy in Roman Epic