Every culture has invented its own barbarians, between inclusion and exclusion, since the Greek, Persian and Roman civilizations. So who is the real barbarian? This question still resonates today.
Ivano Dionigi is Professor of Latin Literature at the University of Bologna and Director of the Centro Studi 'The permanence of the classical'. Currently President of the Consorzio Almalaurea, he has been Magnificent Rector of the University of Bologna from 2009 to 2015. His research has focused on multiple sides; he has recently worked on the fortunes of classics in modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture, also providing translations of authors, particularly Lucrezio and Seneca. Among his publications: Lucrezio, De rerum natura (Milano 1990); Poeti tradotti e traduttori poeti (Bologna 2004); Lucrezio. Le parole e le cose (Bologna 2005); Il presente non basta. La lezione del latino (Milano 2016); Quando la vita ti viene a trovare. Lucrezio, Seneca e noi (Roma-Bari 2018); Osa sapere. Contro la paura e l’ignoranza (Milano 2019).