Dr Giulia Maltagliati

BA (Pisa), MA (Pisa), PhD (Royal Holloway), AFHEA

Special Supervisor

College Roles

  • Special Supervisor in Classics


Email: gm716@cam.ac.uk


Dr Giulia Maltagliati is a classicist working on prose texts from fifth and fourth-century Athens with a particular interest in Attic oratory.

Giulia is the Isaac Newton Junior Research Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge and an Honorary Research Associate of the Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric at Royal Holloway, University of London. She was previously a Language Teaching Assistant for the Cambridge Faculty of Classics (2021–22) and a Visiting Tutor at Royal Holloway (2020–21), after completing her PhD (2020) in Classics at Royal Holloway, and MA (2016) and BA (2014) in Philology and Ancient History at the University of Pisa

Research Interests

Giulia specialises in the field of Greek prose, especially Attic oratory and Classical rhetoric. More broadly, she is interested in the ways in which rhetoric is bound up with questions of knowledge and its lack across Greek literature, particularly in ancient medical writings and historiography.

Giulia has published on Attic oratory and edited papyri containing fragments from Isocrates and Demosthenes for the Oxyrhynchus Papyri series. Her PhD work was awarded the George Grote Prize in Ancient History from the Institute of Classical Studies (London). Giulia’s current book project, Persuading with the Past: paradeigmata, rhetoric, and decision-making in Classical Athens assesses the operation of arguments from historical examples in deliberative, forensic, and epideictic speeches from fourth-century Athens. Her future research will continue her interdisciplinary focus on the interaction between knowledge, ignorance, and persuasion by mapping and analysing the rhetorical strategies by which ancient medical writings confront, and try to give a convincing account of, uncertain and unpredictable situations.