Daniel Markovich

Daniel Markovich


Professor, Department Head

Blegen Library


A&S Classics - 0226

Professional Summary

Daniel Markovich is a philologist with a broad interest in Greek and Latin rhetoric, philosophy, and poetry, and the ways in which these three types of discourse shape ancient educational texts. He has published on Lucretius (including the monograph on The Rhetoric of Explanation in Lucretius’ De rerum natura, Brill 2008), Vergil, the Vergilian Aetna, Horace, Martianus Capella, Greco-Roman rhetorical theory, and Greco-Roman philosophical protreptic. His book on Promoting a New Kind of Education: Greek and Roman Philosophical Protreptic (Brill 2022), discusses Greco-Roman exhortations to philosophy (protreptics) as the first texts in Western literature that systematically address the question of the ultimate goal of education. He is currently writing a commentary on Cicero’s rhetorical treatise Partitiones oratoriae. Full CV available here.


Ph.D.: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2006 (Classical Philology)

M.A.: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2001 (Classical Philology)

B.A.: University of Belgrade Belgrade, 1995 (Classical Philology)

Research and Practice Interests

· Greek and Roman Education
· Greek and Roman Rhetoric and Literary Criticism
· Greek and Roman Philosophy
· Republican and Augustan Latin Poetry

Positions and Work Experience

2007 -2009 Visiting Assistant Professor , Temple University, Philadelphia

Abbreviated Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

“Hyperbaton in the Greek Literary Sentence” GRBS 46.2 (2006) 127–46

“Lucretius 1.471-7: Tragic Flames in DRNMnemosyne 61.4 (2008) 647–50

“Lucretius 1.638-44: A New Facet and an Old Problem” Mnemosyne 62.1 (2009) 100–103

“Horace, Odes 3.7.21: Scopulis surdior Icari,” CQ 60.2 (2010) 659–61

“Lucretius 3.978–1023 and the Hellenistic Philosophical Polemics against the Grammarians,” ICS 35–36 (2010–11) 143–54

Vitia elocutionis: Style and Medicine,” Papers on rhetoric XII 14 (2014) 145–155

“Vergil’s Empedoclean Universe,” LucInter 43 (2014) 67–90

“Empedocles in the Aetna?” LucInter 44 (2015) 77–91

“From Rhetoric to Philosophy: Plato, Aristotle, and Greco-Roman Exhortation" Papers on Rhetoric XIV (2018) 1–17


The Rhetoric of Explanation in Lucretius’ De rerum natura, Mnemosyne Suppl.
294, Leiden, E. J. Brill, 2008

Promoting a New Kind of Education: Greek and Roman Philosophical Protreptic. International Studies in The History of Rhetoric 16. Leiden, E. J. Brill, 2022.


M. Garani. Empedocles rediuiuus: Poetry and Analogy in Lucretius. New York/London: Routledge 2007. In JRS 100 (2010) 287

Book Chapter

“Polemics in Translation: Lucretius.” In Sh. Weisser and N. Thaler (eds.), Strategies of Polemics in Greek and Roman Philosophy, Leiden, Brill 2016, 150–165. 

“The Mirror of Nature” in Mirrors and Mirroring from Antiquity to Early Modern Period, M. Gerolemou and L. Diamantopoulou (eds.), London, Bloomsbury, 2020, 119–126

Sum ipsa Rhetorica: Rhetoric’s Exordium in Martianus Capella.” In G. Hays and A. Cain, eds. Omnium Magistra Virtutum, Studies in Honour of Danuta R. Shanzer, Publications of the Journal of Medieval Latin 15, Turnhout, Brepols, 2022, 33–47