Laura R. Bevilacqua

Research Interests: 

Anthropology and the Classics; Greek and Roman religions; Personifications; Cultural representations; Mythology; Reception Studies


Laura is an Italian international graduate student. She earned both her B.A. and M.A. (Hons.) in Classics from Università degli Studi di Siena (Italy). Coming from Italy, Laura took a five-year high school program called “Liceo classico”: the Latin and ancient Greek language, history, and literature are the primary focus of the curriculum. When it was time to decide where to pursue her classical studies, Laura sought a place in which she could study the ancients facing different insights. In Siena, she found an ideal environment with scholars who looked at the Greeks and the Romans as if they were in front of us, rather than behind, and this changed everything for her. Laura shared with her undergraduate supervisor, Professor Simone Beta, a passion for classical music: therefore, her undergraduate dissertation was about the comparison between Homer’s Nausicaa and the representation of her character given by Reynaldo Hahn, a Venezuelan, then naturalized French, composer. During her studies in Siena, Laura eagerly enjoyed attending seminars at the Centro di Antropologia e Mondo Antico (AMA -, gaining a passion for ancient religions and mythology. Under the supervision of Prof. Maurizio Bettini, Laura wrote her final dissertation on some Roman virtues that were personified as divinities, and formed, to some extent, a handbook for the Roman citizens on how to behave properly. Laura was then awarded an M.A. in Religious Studies at Queen’s University (Canada), supervised by Professor William Morrow.

Recent Publications and Presentations: 


“Un pantheon per le virtù: antropologia delle ‘divinità ideali’ a Roma”, Quaderni del Ramo d’Oro online n. 8 (2016), pp. 128-161. 

“Nausicaa e Ulisse in Reynaldo Hahn”, published online by the Association Reynaldo Hahn.

Conference Presentations

“Yesterday, today, tomorrow”, Annual CLARE Symposium, Graduate Student Conference, April 6-7, 2017, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

“Critical Inquiries into Classics and Religious Studies” (CICRS). The Graduate Student Symposium of the Department of Classics and Religious Studies, April the 17th, 2017, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

“Classicamente”, incontro dei “Giovani AMA”, December the 20th, 2017. Università degli Studi di Siena, Centro interdipartimentale di studi di antropologia del mondo antico, Italia.

“Polyglot(te)” Department of Classics, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference (AIGSC), February 24-25, 2018, University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada.

Teaching Experience: 

Teaching assistantship in “Introductory Greek” at Queen’s University, Fall 2016 and Winter 2017.

Teaching assistantship in “Ancient Humor” at Queen’s University, Summer 2017.

Primary Instructor for “Greek mythology” and “Ancient Humor” at the Seniors Association Kingston Region, Winter 2018.