Professor Gilbert Gigliotti teaches both of the regularly Latin offerings at CCSU, Elementary Latin I and II (Lat 111 and 112) but is also available to teach more advanced courses to students interested in furthering their Latin language skills (WL 125, 126, 200, and various independent study courses, as well), pursuing a minor in Latin, or even seeking cross-endorsement fgrom the state to teach Latin.
Every December, Dr. Gigliotti organizes a collaboration between the CCSU Department of Modern Language and ClassConn, the Classical Association of Connecticut, on a "Latin Carol Sing," inspired by the "Latin Carol Celebration" of the Classics Department at Brown University. "Jingle Bells," "White Christmas," and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" in Latin? Certe!
He earned his H.A.B. in Classics at Xavier University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (Latin, Greek, and English) at the Catholic University of America. His dissertation, "Musae Americanae:The Neo-Latin Poetry of Colonial and Revolutionary America," remains the only monograph on American Latin poetry.
Before arriving at CCSU in 1992 he had taught Latin on the secondary level for a decade, and, since then, has taught a variety of independent studies in Latin at advanced levels, on such topics as the history of Latin literature, Julius Caesar, American neo-Latin, and depictions of Dido in Latin literature.
Dr. Gigliotti also teaches the English Department’s classes in Greek and Latin literature in translation.
His publications on neo-Latin poetry include:
"'Daring to Try the King's Patience?' (Futile?) Resistance versus Insatiability in Fabula Neoterica." Community without Consent: New Perspectives on the Stamp Act. Edited by Zach Hutchins. Hanover, NH: Dartmouth College Press, 2016. 69-88.
"The Vicious Cycle of Abundance and Want: An Edition and Translation of Louis Rou's 'A Prospect of Chess-Play and Chess-Players.'" Modern Language Studies 34 (Fall 2004): 8-15.
"Towards a New World Senatus Doctorum: The Liminary Verse of the Magnalia Christi Americana." Acta Conventus Neo-Latini Bariensis: Proceedings from the Ninth International Congress at Bari. Ed. by Rhoda Schnur, et al. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1998.
"Nail-Gnawing in a New World Landscape: From Allusion to Disillusion in John Beveridge's Epistolae familiares." Connecticut Review 18.1 (1996): 89-101.
"'The Seeds of Puritan Literalism': The Reverend Hooker as Aeneas in a Pair of Early American Neo-Latin Elegies."Proceedings of the Northeast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature. Pleasantville, NY: Pace University, 1995.
"The Alexandrian Fracastoro: Structure and Meaning in the Myth of Syphilus." Renaissance and Reformation 14 (1990): 261-270.
Delivering the paper,
"The Askran Song of Publius Vergilius Mellencamp: Scarecrow as American Georgic,"
at the virtual Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of Connecticut (November, 2020).