Lorenzo Perilli (1964) is an Italian classicist and academic at the University of Rome 'Tor Vergata'. He is the Director of the interdisciplinary Research Centre in Classics, Mathematics and Philosophy "Forms of Knowledge in the Ancient World". Educated in Classics at the University of Rome, PhD in Philosophy. He was awarded several international research grants and prizes, among them a 2-year grant from the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation (University of Munich and Berlin Academy of Sciences), and the Prize of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage in 2001 for his studies on ancient philosophy and science. In 2007 he won the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel International Research Award in Germany, following a nomination by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences / Corpus Medicorum Graecorum. He was Research Associate at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London, Visiting Scholar of the Fonds National Suisse de la Recherche Scientifique at the University of Zurich, Petra Kappert Fellow at the University of Hamburg, Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Fellow at the Berliner Antike Kolleg. His work on ancient empiricism has attracted the attention of the mathematician and essayist Nassim N. Taleb at the time when he was writing his best-selling book The Black Swan. The impact of the highly improbable, New York 2007.
Perilli's main fields of research include Ancient Philosophy and Science, the History of ideas, Textual criticism and classics. He is also recognised as an expert in Humanities computing. He published lectured extensively in Italy and abroad.