Daniel Markovich

Daniel Markovich



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Professional Summary

Daniel Markovich is a philologist with a broad interest in Greek and Latin rhetoric, philosophy, and poetics. He has published on Lucretius (including the monograph on The Rhetoric of Explanation in Lucretius’ De rerum natura, Brill 2008), Vergil and the Vergilian Aetna, 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 ourselves; his research and teaching explore the ways in which linguistic, structural, and thematic features of particular ancient works achieve this goal. His new book, Promoting a New Kind of Education: Greek and Roman Philosophical Protreptic, discusses Greco-Roman exhortations to philosophy (protreptics) as the first texts in Western literature that systematically address the question of the true 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, his interest in the connection between literature, philosophy, and education has led him to Martianus Capella’s fascinating Marriage of Philology and Mercury. His current work is focused on Cicero’s rhetorical treatises De inventione and De partitione oratoria. 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