Dr Michele Bianconi

BA Pisa, MA Pisa, DPhil Oxf

Profile

Classicist by training and linguist by adoption, Michele studied at Pisa (BA Classics, MA in Classical Philology and Ancient History) and Oxford (DPhil in Comparative Philology and General Linguistics). He has always been fascinated by all aspects of the ancient world, and he is particularly interested in comparative philology, i.e. how ancient languages "work" and in what we can reconstruct.

Teaching

Michele teaches Greek and Latin tutorials, language classes, and reading classes for the undergraduate courses in Classics.

He is also a Language Instructor at the Faculty of Classics, where he teaches Latin and Greek language and reading classes, and at the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics, where he teaches Comparative Philology and General Linguistics at the undergraduate level, and Hittite at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Research

Michele's field of research, which is part of 'Indo-European Studies', lies at the intersection between Classics, Linguistics, and Near-Eastern studies. His DPhil dissertation was on the linguistic relationships between Ancient Greek and the Anatolian languages between the second and first millennia BCE. He has written papers and given talks on Greek and Anatolian linguistics, on Indo-European reconstruction, and on specific topics in other ancient Indo-European languages. 

Selected Publications

Bianconi, M. (ed.) forthcoming, Linguistic and Cultural Interactions between Greece and the Ancient Near East: in Search of the Golden Fleece, Leiden: Brill.

Bianconi, M. (ed.) forthcoming, In amicitia tua memores et grati. Contributi di retorica, metrica e stilistica in memoria di Daniele Mastai, Collana “Nuova Biblioteca di Studi Classici e Orientali”, Pisa : Pisa University Press.

Bianconi, M. forthcoming, A Hundred Years of Graeco-Anatolian Comparative Linguistics, in M. Bianconi (ed.) Linguistic and Cultural Interactions between Greece and the Ancient Near East: in Search of the Golden Fleece, Leiden: Brill.

Bianconi, M. forthcoming, Le lexique anatolien dans le grec mycénien. Méthodologie et études de cas, to appear in a volume of the series Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Sprachwissenschaft edited by Romain Garnier.

Bianconi, M. 2017, Greek Dialects, in R. Clark (ed.) The Literary Encyclopedia, London: The Literary Dictionary Company [https://www.litencyc.com].

Bianconi, M. 2016, Review of: M. Bachvarova, From Hittite to Homer: The Anatolian Background of Ancient Greek Epic, Cambridge University Press, «AGI» 101/1: 120-128.

Bianconi, M. 2015, Contatti greco-anatolici e Sprachbund egeo-micrasiatico. Stato della ricerca e nuove prospettive, «AGI» 100/2: 129-178.