Brandon received a B.A. in Classics and minor in German language and literature from Princeton University in 2013. He taught high school Latin for two years and is currently halfway through a PhD in Classics at Stanford University. His dissertation examines Latin sociolinguistics of the 2nd century BCE. His interests include grammatical and rhetorical education, early Christianity, ancient book culture, and Latin paleography.
Isabella Bonati grew up and studied Classics in Italy, where she had teaching experiences in Papyrology and Classical Philology at the University of Parma and taught Latin and Italian in public schools. She is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the North-West University of Potchefstroom (South Africa), where she also lectured on Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. She was previously a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Papyrology at the University of Parma (Italy), and holds a PhD in Papyrology from the same University, where she also completed both her BA and MA in Classics. In 2021-2013 she was Yggdrasil Guest Researcher at the University of Oslo (IFIKK – Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas) thanks to a grant awarded by the Research Council of Norway. Her research interests range widely and include papyrology, classical philology, linguistics, material culture, history of medicine and science. She has several publications on Papyrology and Classics, among which a book entitled Glosse esotiche nei frammenti di Ipponatte. Gli esotismi nella lingua del giambografo di Efeso (Voces peregrinae in the Fragments of Hipponax. Foreign Loan-words in the Language of the Iambographer of Ephesus), EAI, Saarbrücken 2015, and the monograph Il lessico dei vasi e dei contenitori greci nei papiri. Specimina per un repertorio lessicale degli angionimi greci (The Vocabulary of Greek Vases and Containers in the Papyri. Specimens for a Dictionary of Ancient Greek Vase Names) APF-B 37, De Gruyter, Berlin-Boston 2016.
Arkadi was born and raised in Leningrad, USSR. He was among the founders and faculty of the first independent School of Religion and Philosophy there. He has a Ph.D. in Early History of Christian Doctrine from Princeton Theological Seminary. Publications include: a monograph on Clement of Alexandria (American and Russian editions); an annotated translation of a treatise by Maximus Confessor (two Russian editions). Since 2004, he has been a regular participant of the Classical Philosophy Reading Group at Princeton.
Anna Conser is a Ph.D. student in Classics at Columbia University, where she has served as director for the Ancient Drama Group. In addition to tragic performance, Anna's research interests include ancient music, Aristotle's Poetics, and the aesthetic of intellectual wonder in philosophical and scientific writing. Her preliminary dissertation work investigates how pitch accent patterns in choral song may reveal musical structure, with implications for the literary interpretation of tragedy. Anna received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2007, and subsequently spent several years working odd jobs, traveling, and studying around the world. Highlights include four months in India, a Fulbright Fellowship in Erfurt, Germany, and a year of Arabic study in Damascus, Syria.
Isaia is a PhD candidate and a teaching scholar at the Department of the Classics at Columbia University. He has taught Latin and Greek at various levels throughout his doctoral years, as well as classes in Roman History, Classical Mythology and Classical Civilization. His main area of interest is Latin poetry of the Silver Age (epic and drama), with a particular focus on Lucan and Seneca.
Latin Teacher, Menlo Atherton High School; Instructor, Telepaideia
Latin Teacher, Menlo Atherton High School; Instructor, Telepaideia
Maria Luisa De Seta
Maria Luisa De Seta grew up and studied Classics in Italy and Germany, and now teaches Latin I through AP Latin at Menlo Atherton High School in California. She holds a BA in Classics (summa cum laude) and PhD on Literary studies from the Universita’ della Calabria, MA in Teaching Classics and MA in teaching Italian from the Universita’ per Stranieri di Siena; she was a fellow of at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae for two years. Her adventure as teacher started in 2005, at the Liceo Ginnasio Virgilio in Mantua, where she taught Latin and Ancient Greek, both with the traditional and natural approaches. After moving to California, she went back to teaching in public schools and started mentoring new Latin teachers from the San Francisco State Credentialing Program: she is proud of seeing three (so far) of her former students and advisees continuing studying Classics and becoming teachers as well. She has published articles on lexicography, Terence and Ovid and is interested in Rhetorical studies and the reception of the Classics. Recent interests include digital education and the use of technology in the classroom. Maria Luisa teaches a Telepaideia course on "Italian for Classicists".
Outreach Manager for Classical Tours; Instructor, Telepaideia
Outreach Manager for Classical Tours; Instructor, Telepaideia
David Hewett manages outreach for Paideia's Classical Tours in Europe and the US, and also teaches for Telepaideia. He has an M.A. in Classics from the University of Virginia and is writing a dissertation on Seneca's Epistulae Morales for the same institution. He has been a Regular Member of the American School for Classical Studies at Athens, a student at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, and holds a B.A. in Classical Studies from Dickinson College. In addition to this formal education, he studied with Reginald Foster in Rome for two summers, has attended numerous Conventicula, and has lived and traveled extensively in Germany, Turkey, and Egypt. He currently lives in Washington, D.C.
Kristen is a Ph.D. student in UC Berkeley’s department of Italian Studies, where she also received an M.A. Prior to graduate study, she earned a B.A. in Italian Studies and Latin from the American University of Rome, worked for Paideia’s Rome office, and participated in FIDEM’s program in Medieval manuscript studies.
She specializes in late-Medieval and Renaissance literature and philosophy, with a background in Dante studies. Her current work is on the reception of Guido Cavalcanti in the circle of Marsilio Ficino.
Laura Hutchison comes to the Paideia Institute while in the final stretch of her Ph.D. in Classics at Johns Hopkins University. She studied Classics and Art History at Hendrix College, then went on to study at the University of California, Davis, where she completed an M.A. in Art History and a year of the Postbaccalaureate Program in Classics. Her dissertation, “Retrospection in Classical Athens: Echoes of Tyranny in the Late-Fifth Century,” supervised by H. Alan Shapiro, incorporates visual and textual material from Archaic and Classical Athens. Laura recently spent two years in Greece, at the American School of Classical Studies, as a Regular Member and Student Associate. Originally from Memphis, TN, Laura enjoys coffee, travel, dogs, and echoes of antiquity in modern America.
Ilias Kolokouris is a Ph.D. student in Classics at the University of Athens and New College, Oxford. He holds a ptychion in Ancient Greek and Latin Literature, and a Master's Degree in teaching Modern Greek as a foreign language. His thesis was on the tragic elements found in Aristophanes’ Acharnians. Ilias has taught for the University of Missouri Creative Writing Seminars on Serifos, for the Modern Greek Language Centre of the University of Athens and for Paideia’s Living Greek in Greece program. His current research focuses on the reception of ancient Greek literature within modern greek Aestheticism prose and British Decadence in Oxford. His translation of "Women of Homer" by Oscar Wilde into modern Greek, will be published by Kastaniotis Publications in 2019.
Marcello Lippiello was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, where he received his B.A. in Classical Languages and Theology from Fordham University. He has long had an interest in conversational Latin, earning a Graduate Certificate in Latin Studies from the University of Kentucky's Institutum Studiis Latinis Provehendis in 2005, along with master's degrees in classical languages and classical studies from UK and from Duke University. He is also a proud alumnus of LGiG 2013 and 2014 (where he played Tiresias in theBacchae), and has participated in two conversational Greek workshops through the Polis Institute, including the inaugural Synodos Hellenike at the University of Kentucky in 2017. He has taught undergraduate college courses in all levels of Latin and Greek at several institutions, including Christendom College in Virginia and the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio. He lives with his family in Danbury, Connecticut.
Laura is a Latin teacher with fourteen years of experience teaching in diverse environments and at different levels, from Introductory Latin through AP. Her teaching experience has included face-to-face courses that meet on various schedules, blended courses, and courses delivered entirely online. In 2013, she was honored to be named Teacher of the Year in Pequannock Township High School. She is currently certified to teach in these states: New Jersey, Virginia, Wisconsin, Texas, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Washington, and Alabama.
Early on in the course of her teaching career, Laura developed an interest in active Latin teaching methods. She has been facilitating the active use and acquisition of Latin in the Conventiculum Lexintoniense in Kentucky, and has been an avid participant since 2004. In 2014, she made the decision to go back to school, in order to increase her understanding of the Latin language and literature from all ages and how to teach it.
In August 2016, Laura earned her Master's Degree in Classics, and the Graduate Certificate in Latin studies at the University of Kentucky, which is a degree in spoken Latin. She is about to receive her PhD in Education Sciences with a focus on Latin pedagogy, investigating teaching methods that have supported the teaching of Latin as a second language for millennia.
Andrew (Andreas latine) received his BA and MAT from University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has been a participant in Paideia’s Living Latin in Rome (2016), Caesar in Gaul (2016), Living Greek in Greece (2017), Living Latin in New York programs as well as other living Latin programs held by SALVI. Andrew’s academic interests include Indo-European historical and comparative linguistics, language pedagogy and acquisition theory, Classical Rhetoric, historiography, Classical reception, and Greco-Roman warfare and military history. Since acquiring his MAT, Andrew has sought to teach high school Latin and Greek as well as assisting others in developing their language fluency. Currently he resides in South Africa.
Before joining the Paideia Institute, Marco Romani Mistretta received a PhD in Classical Philology from Harvard University. At Paideia, his main duties include managing Aequora and the Legion Project, developing curricular materials, and co-supervising the Institute’s Summer Humanities Internship. As a classicist, he has taught a number of courses on ancient languages, literature, and philosophy. He has also published research articles on science and technology in the ancient world, as well as on the history of Classical scholarship in modern Europe.
A Classicist by training, Antonia started teaching herself Sanskrit as an undergraduate, and her first position after he PhD was as lecturer of Latin, Greek and Sanskrit at Cornell University. Not too happy with the teaching materials available for Sanskrit, she started putting together her own, always with the aim of making mastery of Sanskrit grammar as pain-free (and perhaps even enjoyable!) to achieve as possible. Understanding rather than mere knowledge; actual Sanskrit readings rather than author-written exercise texts; simple practical considerations such as layout and structure of her materials: those were the principles she used to create her Sanskrit materials. She combined them into a complete course, which was published by CUP asThe Cambridge Introductionto Sanskrit in 2017.
After just under a decade at Cornell, Antonia went back to the UK to teach her three languages at a secondary school for four years. She currently is involved in a research project on Sanskrit syntax at Oxford University.
Roberto Salazar is a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature at the University of Versailles. A former fellow of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, he holds a double B.A. in Classics and Philosophy, and an M.A. in Classics and Comparative Literature (Paris-Sorbonne). He is interested in the reception of classical works in the Arab World, Modern Greece and Latin America (Borges in particular), and has done research on European Classical Reception and Neo-Latin. Over the years he has developed a keen interest in learning and teaching languages, both ancient and modern. He has taught Latin and Greek in Bogota, Paris and Berlin. He currently leads the Spoken Latin workshop at the ENS and is writing a second M.A. thesis on Homeric Classical Scholarship.
Jochen has studied Classics and History at the universities of Bochum, Pisa and Freiburg and received his PhD in Bamberg. He now teaches Latin in Würzburg. So far, he has worked on generational relationships in Augustine’s Confessions, on decision-making in Roman Epic poetry, and on Neo-Latin nuptial poems. He is mostly interested in those topics where literature meets life, focusing on narrative devices used to represent human experience. He is happiest driving the tractor on his parents’ farm in southwest of Germany.
Michael "Meletus" Sweet teaches Latin full time to students from Kindergarten to 6th grade at Hyde Park School, a public school in Cincinnati, OH, and privately tutors students in person and online. He received his B.A. in Philosophy at Hiram College, as well as Master's Degrees in Philosophy and Latin Literature from Kent State University. He has also been a participant in the Paideia Institute’s Living Latin in Rome, Living Latin in Paris, Living Latin in New York, as well as SALVI’s Rusticatio Omnibus, Rusticatio Veteranorum, and Bidua in addition to many other Living/Spoken Latin events over the last 6 years.
Zoltán studied for two years at the Academia Vivarium Novum, a unique institute where the students are allowed to speak only Latin and Ancient Greek. He received his BA in Classics in Rome, where he wrote his thesis on Hungarian Renaissance of the 15th century and the work of the Italian humanist Antonio Bonfini. He also dedicated a substantial part of his work to important scholars like Petrus Paulus Vergerius, Aeneas Silvius Piccolominaeus, Iohannes Vitesius and, last but not least, Ianus Pannonius. He is currently studying at the Universität Wien in Austria. He has been teaching Ancient Greek for two years, and is also the vice-president of Amygdala, an association for ancient and humanistic studies. His other studies and interests include history and sinology.
Chihiro received a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and an M.A. in Medieval Icelandic Studies from the University of Iceland. For her Master's thesis, she attempted to reconstruct Viking Age music by using Old Norse, Greek, Latin, Arabic, and archaeological materials. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Medieval Studies at Yale University, where she is researching how music was used therapeutically during Antiquity and the Middle Ages. She is a passionate linguaphile and has studied over 20 languages. An avid pianist, harpist, and percussionist, she is also working towards becoming a Certified Clinical Musician.