Having followed an academic path that led me from Egyptology and Coptic studies to Syriac and Armenian studies, I am interested in wider processes of transmission of knowledge in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and beyond, especially when this transmission involved translation (including but not limited to translations from Greek to Syriac and Coptic, and from Syriac to Coptic, to Armenian and to Arabic).
During my master's at the Université Catholique de Louvain (2008-2010) and my PhD research at Ghent University (2010-2014), my main focus became late ancient and medieval Syriac, Greek and Armenian historiography, particularly from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. On 8 May 2014 I successfully defended my dissertation on the sources of the Anonymous Syriac Chronicle up to the Year 1234 after examination by David Taylor (University of Oxford), Andrea Schmidt (Université Catholique de Louvain), Muriel Debié (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris), Maria Conterno (Ghent University) and Filip Van Tricht (Ghent University).
My research interests include a wide range of subjects, including he Syriac reception of the Greek Theodosian church histories and the Syriac sources of the Arabic chronicle of Agapius of Mabbug (c. 942). From October 2016 onwards, I am devoting a three-year fellowship of the Research Foundation of Flanders (FWO) at Ghent University to the study of the Armenian reception of Jacob of Serugh (d. 521) and his writings.
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