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Emilio Zucchetti

Emilio Zucchetti

Project title

Unrest in the Roman Republic and the Early Principate: Discordia and Discordiae between Repression, Accommodation and Consensus-building.


Emilio Zucchetti

Project description

My PhD research is a study of political and social unrest in the Late Roman Republic and Early Principate. I use the concept of discord (Discordia). I am exploring unrest as a political notion in ancient Rome. I will investigate its role in elite and non-elite contexts, looking to reconstruct the political discourses around it.

I am informing my analysis by theoretical insights drawn from ongoing debates on popular power, multitudes, uprisings and inequality. My investigations take a post-modern view to enable a fresh appreciation of the political setup of the Roman Republic.

Funding awards

AHRC Full Studentship (Northern Bridge Consortium) 2016-2019

Conference papers

  • The Construction of political identity between deities: Furiae and discordia in the narration of civil conflict in Rome (Postgraduate Conference "Conflict: Causes, Chaos and Resolutions" in Leeds University, 2014) 
  • Clashes and riots in ancient Rome: was the late Republic an age of Movements? (Postgraduate Forum Conference “Movement”, Newcastle University, 19 May 2017) 
  • The Chimera of History: Post-modern despair on Ancient History (1st Year PGR Conference of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, 15 June 2017) 
  • Barricades in the Roman Forum: struggles, riots and space in the Late Roman Republic (Landscapes of Power: an Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Symposium on Power and Place, Nottingham, 19 June 2017) 
  • The narrative power of the Declaratio Hostis Publici. A reassessment of political communication in the year 88 BCE (East Anglia University, 2017 Rhetoric in Society Conference "Rhetorics of Unity and Division”, 3-5 July 2017) 
  • The narrative power of the Declaratio Hostis Publici. A reassessment ofpolitical communication in the year 88 BCE (London, Birkbeck College, Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient History, AMPAH 2018, 17 March 2018)


Teaching Assistant (Seminar Leader) on the following modules: 

  • CAH 1012 West meets East: Greek History and Society (776 – 323 BCE) 
  • CAC 1013 Life and Literature in the Roman Republic 
  • CAH 2006 In Alexander’s Footsteps: Classical and Hellenistic Empires 
  • CAH 2007 Caesar’s Gift: Rome under the Emperors

Events organization

  • Training Workshops Event funded by Northern Bridge Student Innovation Fund in Belfast (6 - 7 June 2017) 
  • 1st Year PGR Conference of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (15 June 2017) 
  • International Conference “Antonio Gramsci and the Ancient World”, Newcastle University (8 – 9 December 2017)


  • Master's Degree (Laurea Magistrale) in Philology, Literatures and History of the Ancient World (Università degli Studi di Roma 1, Sapienza) 110 cum laude/110
  • Bachelor's Degree (Laurea Triennale) in Classics (Università degli Studi di Torino) 110 cum laude/110