Alessandro Barchiesi is Professor of Classics at New York University and Professor of Latin Literature at the University of Siena at Arezzo. He is the author of numerous publications in both Italian and English on subjects such as Virgil, Seneca, Apuleius, and Ovid. Notable works by Barchiesi include Speaking Volumes (2001) on self-reflexivity in Roman poetry, The Poet and the Prince (1997; originally Il Poeta e Il Principe, 1994) on poetry and politics in the Ovidian corpus, and La Traccia del Modelo (originally 1984, with a recently published English translation entitled Homeric Effects in Virgilian Narrative) on literary allusion. He has contributed to as well as edited numerous important commentaries, companion texts, and articles.
As the 2016–2017 John B. and Mary K. McDiarmid Lecturer, Barchiesi will be speaking on "Virgil’s Geopoetics," addressing questions of how Virgil conceptualizes boundaries, colonies, space, and connectivity. Barchiesi says of this project on Virgil’s Aeneid, "the object is the dynamics formed by the representation of the world, in particular its geopoetics, when it encounters, through the epic narrative, the active participation of the poetic text into the making, aetiology, and transformation of this world."