Agnese Grieco studied philosophy at the University of Milan and at the Freie Universität Berlin, where she earned her doctorate in 1995 with a dissertation on Ludwig Wittgenstein and Socrates. Since 1996, she has lived in Berlin as an author, essayist, playwright, and theatre director. As a theatre director, she has worked on Greek tragedy and contemporary authors, staging works by Euripides, Seneca, Sergi Belbel, Birgit Vanderbeke, Eugen Ruge, Heiner Müller, Elsa Morante, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Alberto Savinio in Italy and Germany.
She has published books on Wittgenstein, Love Heroines in Ancient Greece, and the Rote Armee Fraktion, and has edited works by Girolamo Cardano, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Arthur Schnitzler. She is responsible for Italian editions and translations of Thomas Bernhard, Ernst Jünger, Thomas Hilbig, Veza Canetti, Erika Mann, and Botho Strauß. She has taught Philosophy at the Università degli Studi di Milano, as well as Dramaturgy and History of Theatre at the Università di Ferrara and at Teatro Stabile di Torino. She is currently working on the book Atlas of Sirens, a literary essay.