MSU researcher enhancing classics study as new Tytus Scholar

Contact: Karyn Brown

Salvador Bartera (Photo submitted)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State classics scholar is among this year’s selections for a major international research support program in the fields of philosophy, history and archaeology.

Salvador Bartera is an assistant professor in MSU’s Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.

He recently was chosen for the Margo Tytus Visiting Scholars Program administered by the University of Cincinnati’s John Miller Burnam Classical Library. For details, see

“The Tytus fellowship will enable me to spend an entire semester at one of the best, perhaps the best, classics research libraries in the U.S.,” Bartera said.

He will be conducting research for a commentary on Book 16 of “Annals,” the expansive history by Roman senator Tacitus of the ancient empire’s early years—basically A.D. 14-68.

Earlier this year, Bartera also was awarded a Mellon Grant by the Getty Research Center in Los Angeles, California, to complete work during July on ancient manuscripts.

After earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Urbino, Italy, he came to the U.S for a doctorate at the University of Virginia. Though trained in both literature and archaeology, he specializes in Latin language and literature of the classical period, specifically historiography. He came to Starkville in 2014 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he was a senior lecturer.

As an active member in the classics community, Bartera is involved in a number of national and international research projects, including an exploration of interrelationships between prose literature and poetry.

In 2013, he was honored with a major UT teaching award. Beyond Latin and Greek language and literature, he has led courses on Italian language and culture—and cooking. Additional biographical information is found at

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