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Marcello Lippiello


Assistant Professor
Classical & Early Christian Studies

Where were you educated?
B.A., Classics and Theology, Fordham University
Study Abroad, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford Univ., United Kingdom (1998-1999)
M.A., Classics, University of Kentucky
Graduate Certificate, Latin Studies (Spoken Latin), University of Kentucky
Regular Member, American School of Classical Studies in Athens (2008-2009)
Ph.D. Cand., Classical Studies, Duke University

What classes do you teach?
Elementary Latin I and II
Intermediate Greek I and II
History of Ancient Greece
History of Ancient Rome

What is your favorite class to teach?
Any class that includes reading Greek literature in the original language. Such classes provide an opportunity to work within the world of a beautiful and challenging language, gaining ever greater fluency and appreciation with each passing day. Such classes, moreover, provide an additional benefit. Greek literature is so densely packed with themes important to the project of human civilization that studying it inevitably leads to many enjoyable and fruitful discussions in the areas of ethics, history, religion, and upon many other topics of universal human interest.

Of course, I also enjoy Latin very much and welcome conversation in Latin at any time.

Do you have any hobbies?
Singing (mostly choral), hiking, haiku, watching and discussing classic (and not-so-classic) film at length, ditto for fiction and drama.

What do you like most about Christendom?
The sense of camaraderie and the spirit of mutual encouragement among all of the faculty, staff, and students, which spring from our common task and mission as Catholics.

What are your areas of expertise and/or research?
Imperial Greek Prose; Lucian; Plutarch; 2nd-century literary culture; Early Christian literature; rhetorical education and language acquisition in antiquity; Neo-Latin (particularly Renaissance works and those of the early Jesuits); Latin and Greek pedagogy

Professional Associations and Activities?
The American Philological Association
The New York Classical Club
Alpha Sigma Nu
Phi Kappa Phi

Contact information:
Prof. Marcello Lippiello
134 Christendom Dr.
Front Royal, VA 22630
W: 800.877.5456 ext. 1230
F: 540.636.1655
mlippiello@christendom.edu