Dr. Zara Torlone

Professor of Classics

PHONE: 513-529-1488
115 Irvin Hall
Department: Classics

Degrees and Institutions

Ph.D. (Classics) Columbia University 
M.Phil. (Classics) Columbia University 
M.A. (Classics) Columbia University 
B.A. (Classical Philology) Moscow University 


Zara M. Torlone received her B.A. in Classical Philology from Moscow University. She received her M.A., M. Phil, and Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York. She came to Miami in 2000 after teaching at Bard College for two years.

Her main research interest is the reception of classics in Russian literature. Her most recent book is "Vergil in Russia: National Identity and Classical Reception", which came out with the Oxford University Press in 2015. The book addresses the role of Vergil's literary legacy in formation of Russian national and literary identity from the 18th century to the present day.

She is currently co-editing a large volume on reception of classics in Eastern and Central Europe, due to come out with Blackwell-Wiley in 2016.

REEES Related Courses

  • CLS F110 Nostalgia:Past,Present,Future
  • CLS 210 Russian Poetry
  • CLS/ENG/RUS 325 Russian Reception of Classics
  • ATH/CLS/HST/POL/REL/RUS 254 Intro to Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • ATH/HST 436/536 /POL 440/540/REL 470/570/RUS 436 Havighurst Colloquia

Selected Publications

  • Vergil in Russia: National Identity and Classical Reception. Oxford University Press. 2014.
  • Roman Love Poetry (co-authored with Dr. Denise McCoskey, Miami University), IB Tauris and Oxford University Press, forthcoming, December 2013).
  • “Writing Arenas: Roman Writers and Their Games” (in the peer-reviewed Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity, October 2013). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Classical Reception in Eastern Europe. Classical Receptions Journal: Oxford Journals. November 2013.
  • The Virgil Encyclopedia, entries on Viacheslav Ivanov, Vasilii Petrov, Vladimir Solov’ev, Joseph Brodsky. Wiley-Blackwell (2013)
  • “The Missing Link: Classical Reception in the ‘Younger’ Europe,” Classical Receptions Journal. November, 2013.
  • “Russian Meliboeus: Joseph Brodsky in Arcadia, ” Classical Receptions Journal. November, 2013.
  • Soul and Passion: Marina Tsvetaeva’s Classical Plays, with translation and introduction (co-authored with Dr. Maria S. Fox) (Oxford, OH: Staroe Vino, 2011)
  • “Vasilii Petrov and the First Russian Translation of theAeneid,” Classical Receptions Journal vol. 3 no. 2, (2011): pp 227- 247.
  • “Joseph Brodsky’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’: Gender, Genre, and Reception” (in the peer-reviewed volume Emotion, Gender, and Literary Genre in Antiquity) Bloomsbury, London, 2011: 241-260.
  • Russia and the Classics: Poetry’s Foreign Muse. Bloomsbury (Duckworth). London, UK, 2009.
  • “The Tale of Two Cities: Ancient Rome and St. Petersburg of Osip Mandelshtam” (in the peer-reviewed volume Preserving Petersburg: History, Tradition, Memory, and Loss) Indiana University Press 2008: 88-114.
  • Insiders and Outsiders in Russian Cinema (collection of essays, co-edited with Dr. Stephen Norris of Miami University). Indiana University Press 2008.