John Rowe Workman Distinguished Professor of Classics and Humanities and Professor of Hispanic Studies


Andrew Laird came to Brown in 2016 from Warwick University, where he was Professor of Classical Literature. His research interests extend beyond ancient Greece and Rome to the European Renaissance and colonial Latin America. He is completing a project on the role of humanism in mediating native languages and legacies in sixteenth-century Mexico, and a text and translation of Petrarch’s Africa for the I Tatti Renaissance Library. In the past year he held a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in the UK. Activities in 2022 have included invited talks for the Classical Futures seminar at the ICS, the Greek and Beyond colloquium in honour of Michael Silk, and the international Indigenous Storytelling conference at the University of Notre Dame. His self-authored and collaborative publications include Powers of Expression, Expressions of Power (Oxford University Press, now an e-book), Ancient Literary Criticism (OUP), The Epic of America (re-issued as a Bloomsbury paperback in 2020), Italy and the Classical Tradition: Language, Thought and Poetry 1300-1600 (Bloomsbury), Antiquities and Classical Traditions in Latin America (Wiley), and the first comprehensive surveys of Latin writing from colonial Spanish America and Brazil for Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Neo-Latin World (Brill) and Oxford Handbook of Neo-Latin (OUP). A study of Horace's Ars Poetica to introduce Augusto Rostagni’s pioneering commentary on the text was published in Bologna 2020.

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