Dr Guilia Torello-Hill

Lecturer , Italian - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Phone: +61 +61 02 6773 4206

Email: gtorello@une.edu.au


Giulia Torello-Hill specialises in the reception of ancient drama in the Italian Renaissance. After graduating from the University of Genoa, she completed her PhD in Classics at the University of Nottingham, UK. Prior to joining UNE in 2018, she lectured in Classics at Monash University and was a Research Associate at the University of Queensland and a Casual Lecturer in Italian at Griffith University. She has held fellowships from Villa I Tatti the Harvard University Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence (2015-16) and the Renaissance Society of America and Kress Foundation (2018).


Laurea in Lettere (magna cum laude, Genoa), PhD (Nottingham, UK)


2018 Renaissance Society of America-Kress Foundation Short-Term Newberry Fellow, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

2015-2017 Chief Investigator, ARC Discovery Project grant Scripts without a stage: Reception of Roman comedy in the early Italian Renaissance (DP150100974) with A.J. Turner and K.O. Chong-Gossard, administered through the University of Melbourne.

2015-2016 Hanna Kiel Fellow, Villa I Tatti The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence.

Teaching Areas

ITAL301 Italian Language 3A

ITAL302 Italian Language 3B

ITAL309 Italian Renaissance Literature

ITAL311 14th Century Italian Literature

Research Interests

Giulia Torello-Hill’s scholarly work investigates the humanist understanding and conceptualisation of ancient drama that led to the revival of classical plays in Renaissance Italy.  Her research explores the interplay between exegesis of ancient texts, iconographic tradition and performance practice in Renaissance Italy. Her current book project, funded through an ARC discovery project, is an interdisciplinary study of the illustrated printed edition of the plays of Terence published in Lyon in 1493 (co-authored with Andrew J. Turner). Her interests extend to any aspect of the reception of the classical world in early modern and contemporary Italy, Renaissance intellectual history, iconography and history of the book and she welcomes enquiries from postgraduate students wishing to work on any of these areas.



Torello-Hill, G. and A.J Turner (submitted, under review). The Lyon Terence and the Classical Roman Stage: The First Fully Illustrated Incunabulum of the Six Comedies. Leiden: Brill.

Turner, A.J. and G. Torello-Hill, eds. (2015). Terence Between Late Antiquity and the Age of Printing: Illustration, Commentary and Performance. Leiden: Brill.

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

Torello-Hill, G. (2017). “Angelo Poliziano’s De poesi et poetis (BNCF Naz. II.I.99) and the Development of Ancient Dramatic Criticism.” I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance, 20(1), pp.105-126.

Turner, A.J. and G. Torello-Hill (2015). “Introduction.” In A.J. Turner and G. Torello-Hill, eds., Terence Between Late Antiquity and the Age of Printing: Illustration, Commentary and Performance. Leiden: Brill, pp. 1-12.

Torello-Hill, G. (2015). “The Revival of Classical Roman Comedy in Ferrara: From the Scriptorium to the Stage.” In A.J. Turner and G. Torello-Hill, ed., Terence Between Late Antiquity and the Age of Printing: Illustration, Commentary and Performance. Leiden: Brill, pp. 219-235.

Torello-Hill, G. (2015). “The Exegesis of Vitruvius and the Creation of Functional Theatrical Spaces in Renaissance Ferrara.” Renaissance Studies 29.2, pp. 227-246.

Torello, G. (2012). “Astrateia and Lipostration:Staging Desertion on the Attic Comic Stage.” In J. Davidson and D. Rosenbloom, eds., Greek Drama IV. Texts, Contexts, Performance.Oxford: Oxbow, pp. 190-203.

Torello, G. (2010/2011). “Alberto Savinio’s Alcesti di Samuele in the Aftermath of the Second World War.” In A. Wrigley, ed., Translation, Performance, and Reception of Greek Drama, 1900–1960: International Dialogues. A Special issue of Comparative Drama, 44.3/4. Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University, pp. 533-5.

Torello-Hill, G. “Gli Spectacula diPellegrino Prisciani e il revival del teatro classico a Ferrara,” La Rivista di Engramma 85 (2010), pp. 3-10.

Torello, G. (2009) “Titanic Resistance: Immobility and Use of Space in Ronconi’s Production of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound,” Didaskalia 7.2 https://www.didaskalia.net/issues/vol7no2/torello.html

Torello, G. (2008). “The Resurrection of Aristeides, Miltiades, Solon and Perikles in Eupolis’ Demes.” Antichthon 42, pp. 40-55.

Encyclopedia Entries and Reviews

Torello-Hill, G. (2019). “Demes,” “Eupolis,” “Katabasis,” “Miltiades,” “Pyronides.” Alan H. Sommerstein, ed., Encyclopedia of Greek Comedy, 3 vols. Wiley Blackwell Press.

Torello, G. (2008). “Review of Mario Telò, Eupolidis Demi. Testi con commento filologico, 14.” Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 04.21.