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Benedetti will explore the co-existence of Stoic and Epicurean visions in Jefferson's thought. Ancient philosphies provided Jefferson with metaphysical, ontological, and ethical categories to explain the human experience. Themes of mortality, the body-soul dualism, and the constrast between pain and pleasure will be highlighted, as they were extremely popular topics at the time in the Western world.
An Italian PhD student in Classical Traditions at the Department of Foreign Languages of the Universitá del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) in Milano, Benedetti studied as a visiting scholar to the University of Virginia in the last year. In 2012, she researched at the Bodleian Library Special Collections at the University of Oxford in the UK. She received her Master's degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the UCSC in 2011. During her B.A. and M.A., she studied English and Russian; she also knows both Latin and ancient Greek.