Domenico Giuseppe Muscianisi
Domenico Giuseppe Muscianisi grew up in Sicily and was struck early on with a passion for Antiquity since he was surrounded by the ancient Greek ruins which can be found throughout his native island. In fact, his town, Milazzo, is an eighth-century colony founded by the Euboeans. After earning a BA in Classics and Linguistics in Milan with a thesis on the prosodic word in Mycenaean Linear B inscriptions and being granted a MA in 2012 with a thesis on the metrical anomalies in the Delphic oracles, he travelled around Europe to further his studies. With a dissertation on the etymology of some hapax legomena divine epithets witnessed in the inscriptions of the Cyclades, he earned a joint PhD in Comparative Indo-European Linguistics (2017) at the University of Macerata and the University of Cologne. During his PhD he joined the Department of Humanities as an adjunct instructor of Linguistics and Ethnolinguistics at the IULM University in Milan. Furthermore, as a journalist and a ballet dancer, his academic interests range from anthropology and material culture to rhythm and music. These skills have enhanced his performative approach to Classics and ancient Greek civilization. At the Center for Hellenic Studies he explores orality and prosody in Greek poetry through language, epigraphy and meter.