Tommi Alho

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Tommi Alho is currently writing his doctoral dissertation Performing and learning Latin in the Restoration grammar school at the Åbo Akademi University, scheduled for completion in 2018. In 2013-2015 he worked as a doctoral researcher in the ‘Digital Orationes Database’ project, funded by the Academy of Finland. The Orationes manuscript (CCA Lit. Ms E41, Canterbury Cathedral Library) contains drama and speeches performed and partly composed by the students of the King’s School, Canterbury, in the second half of the seventeenth-century.

At the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies, Tommi will be working on Latin composition in Restoration grammar schools.


Research interests

Classical education, Neo-Latin in the British Isles, Latin linguistics, Roman brick stamps


Neo-Latin publications


Mäkilähde, Aleksi, Alho, Tommi, Johnson, Anthony 2016. ‘Performative Grammars: Genre and Allusion in a Restoration Manuscript’, Neuphilologische Mitteilungen II CXVII: 315-344.



Neo-Latin conference papers


Johnson, Anthony, Mäkilähde, Aleksi & Alho, Tommi ‘Skills and knowledge in the Restoration schoolroom: Exploring George Lovejoy’s Speechbook’, Teaching & Learning in Early Modern England: Skills & Knowledge in Practice, 1-2 September 2016, University of Cambridge.

Alho, Tommi ‘Bella grammaticalia et aenigmata: Rhetorical Battles and Riddles in a Restoration Manuscript’, (panel: The Orationes project: Interdisciplinary approaches to Renaissance school drama), RSA 31 March - 2 April 2016, Boston.

Johnson, Anthony, Alho, Tommi, ‘Early Restoration Manuscripts and the Affordances of Digital Editing’, Bergen Shakespeare and Drama Network (BSDN), 23-27 October 2014, University of Florence.