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Allen Romano

Assistant Professor of Classics

Director of Graduate Admissions

Allen Romano


Research and Teaching Specializations

  • Greek literature, especially Greek drama and Hellenistic poetry; Greek and Roman mythography; Digital Humanities; Literature and the Cognitive Sciences


Allen J. Romano (Ph.D. Stanford) did his undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania before completing his graduate degree at Stanford University. Before coming to Florida State in 2007 he was a Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago from 2005-2007. His research includes all areas of Greek literature and culture, but focuses especially on Greek poetry and drama. 

Research Projects in Progress

  • (book) Predictions of the Present: Etiological Myths in Ancient Greek Tragedy
  • (book) Origins in Antiquity
  • articles on Euripides, Herodas, Callimachus, Athenaeus, and sound effects in Greek poetry and drama
  • digital projects: online commentary, text-mining tragedy

Recent Publications and Lectures


  • "Callimachus and Contemporary Criticism" in The Brill Companion to Callimachus, Susan Stephens, Benjamin Acosta-Hughes, Luigi Lehnus (eds.) (2011)
  • "The Invention of Marriage: Hermaphroditus and Salmacis at Halicarnassus" CQ 39.2 (2009)
  • Review of K. Gutzwiller, A Guide to Hellenistic Literature (NECJ August 2008)
  • (with D. Lavigne) "Reading the Signs: The Arrangement of the New Posidippus Roll (P. Mil. Vogl. VIII 309, IV.7-VI.8)" ZPE 146: 13-24. (2004)


  • "Classics and Digital Humanities" at "The Future of Classics" Center for Hellenic Studies, April 2, 2011
  • "Send in the Gods: Typical Euripides in the Untypical Orestes" University of Pennsylvania, February 24, 2011
  • "What's So Funny About Euripides?" April 8, 2010 Ohio State University
  • "Iambic Parody of the Sacred: Genre and Religion in Herodas", CAMWS Panel: “The Outskirts of Iambos” (co-organizer), March 2010
  • "Acting the God", at When the God Appears: Narratives of Divine Visitation in Ancient Greece and Rome, February 2010
  • "Critic's Ear and Epigram's Voice", keynote at "Genre and Voice in Hellenistic Epigram", Graduate Student Symposium, Texas Tech University (December 9, 2009)
  • "Tragic Pasts and Euripidean Explainers" at 6th Leventis Conference, "History without Historians", Edinburgh (November 2009)
  • "Sacrifice Corrupted: Misunderstandings in Tragic Metaphor", FSU, April 2009
  • "Lyric Etiology" University of Texas, San Antonio (March 2009)
  • "Cup-heads and Comic Etiology" American Philological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, Jan. 9-11, 2009
  • “Sophoclean Etiology” at Space & Time in Ancient Theatre, Second International Conference on Hellenic Culture and Civilization, Alexandroupolis, May 14-18, 2008
  • "Euphonic Criticism and the Euripidean Ear", CAMWS, Cincinnati, April 12, 2007
  • "Explanatory Myth and the Fallacy of Poetic Panhellenism" at Regionalism and Globalism in Antiquity, Vancouver, March 16-17, 2007
  • "Myths and Innovations" at Euripides: The First Hellenistic Poet?, University of Chicago, Nov. 11-12, 2006
  • "Greek Explanatory Myth and Euripides' Hippolytus" Franke Humanities Center, University of Chicago, April 3, 2006