Isaia is a fourth year PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow at Columbia University in the City of New York, where he is currently teaching a class on Plato and has already taught Latin classes at various levels. His dissertation focuses on the rhetoric and style of Thucydides and on the intellectual climate at Athens in the 5th century BCE.
Before moving to the United States, Isaia earned his BA in Classics summa cum laude from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, in Milan, where he often goes back to visit his mom and the rest of his family. Being raised in Italy, Isaia had the privilege to learn about liberal arts and Classical culture a long time ago. It would have been difficult to do otherwise: even in Lodi, the small Northern Italian Medieval town where his mother was born, Isaia found himself surrounded by ancient monuments full of inscriptions in Latin, and used to stand before them intrigued, wondering what they meant until he opened his first Latin grammar.
Isaia fell in love with Latin and Greek at the beginning of high school: at first he simply loved the creativity and complexity of the stories told by Homer, Euripides, Virgil and Ovid. Later on he realized that there was much more than a plot to the Classics: thousands of years after their first publication, these texts still communicate something fundamental about human nature. The core of men’s perpetual quest for serenity, satisfaction, happiness, love and so on is at the basis of Greek and Latin literature. The fact that in the 21st century men can still learn something new from so old a mythological character as Odysseus, or Aeneas, spurred Isaia to devote his life to the Classics.