Research Stream

Tara Auty

Tara Auty is a PhD candidate in Classics and Ancient History at The University of Western Australia (UWA), working under the umbrella of the Languages and Emotion research cluster, contributing to both the Meanings and Change programs of ARC CHE.

She completed her Bachelor of Arts with honours jointly in Latin, along with Medieval and Early Modern Studies, at UWA. Her interest in the intersection of Latin genre studies and the history of the emotions began with her Honours research project, which was a study of Petrarch’s reception of Vergil’s ‘philosophical poetry’ in his own epic, the Africa. The broad question that motivates her research is ‘how do language and culture, especially Latin literature, shape and manage collective emotions?’ Her current research project for her PhD, due in 2018, is a study of the effect of community emotions in response to the Fall of Constantinople on the production of neo-Latin epic in the Quattrocento. This project benefits from, and contributes to, fields as varied as scholarship on Latin Humanism, the study of Classical Latin epic, early Modern Italian history, and the cultural history of the emotions.

She is currently pursuing training in palaeography, archival research and Italian. To this end, she was recently awarded a Cassamarca Travel Scholarship through the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies, and a share of the Rodney Prider Travel Scholarship through the Classics department of UWA. She serves on the committees for both the Perth Medieval & Renaissance Group, and Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. She has had the opportunity to pass on her enthusiasm for Latin through teaching at UWA in 2015, and is eagerly pursuing any relevant opportunity to contribute to scholarship in Classics and Early Modern History through both teaching and research.

Academia profile


The Fall of Constantinople in Quattrocento Literary Culture: Community Emotions and the Genre of Neo-Latin Epic in Fifteenth-Century Italy

Conference/Seminar Presentations

‘Dislocated Passions in Filelfo’s Amyris: The Divisive Figure of Mehmet II in Neo-Latin Epic’ (Confirmed to present at the ARC CHE & Freie Universität Berlin Conference: ‘Emotions: Movement, Cultural Contact and Exchange, 1100-1800’), 2016

‘Community Emotions and Epic: Classical Continuations in Italian Neo-Latin Poetry’ (Presented for the UWA Classics Department Research Seminar series), 2015

‘The Medieval Glossed Bible: Collaboration Across the Centuries’ (Presented at UWA Limina Conference: ‘Humanising Collaboration’), 2012