Dr Alessandro Vatri's research looks into the connection between the linguistic form of ancient Greek literary texts and the original communicative circumstances of their reception. He is especially interested in reconstructing the native comprehension of Classical Greek in the specific socio-cultural contexts in which texts were meant to be received. To this end, he has adopted perspectives and methods of modern linguistics (in particular experimental psycholinguistics) and at the same time he has been working on ancient Greek rhetorical theory and oratorical performance.
Vatri is currently revising his DPhil thesis for publication under the title ‘Orality and Performance in Classical Attic Prose: A Linguistic Approach'. he has also published on ancient reading techniques and mnemonics, and his methodological interests include the development and use of electronic corpora.