Daniel Markovich

Daniel Markovich

Associate Professor

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Professional Summary

Daniel Markovich is a philologist with a broad interest in Greek and Latin poetics, rhetoric, and philosophy. He has published on Lucretius (including the monograph on The Rhetoric of Explanation in Lucretius’ De rerum natura, Brill 2008), Vergil, Horace, and Greco-Roman rhetorical theory, mainly focusing on the intersection between literature — poetry and prose — and philosophy. Daniel seeks to explain the power of literature to refresh and change our mental image of the world and of ourselves; his research and teaching explore the ways in which linguistic, structural, and thematic features of particular ancient works achieve this goal. His current research is devoted mostly to Greco-Roman exhortations to philosophy (protreptics) as the first texts in Western literature that systematically address the question of the proper goal of education. Against utilitarian and socializing visions of education, these texts promote the Socratic argument that the ultimate ethical and educational goal lies in personal well-being and happiness. Besides protreptic literature, his interest in the connection between literature, philosophy, and education has recently led him to Martianus Capella’s fascinating Marriage of Philology and Mercury, a text that he will continue to study. 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)

Positions and Work Experience

2007 -2009 Visiting Assistant Professor , Temple University, Philadelphia

Research and Practice Interests

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

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


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


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.