Trained as an oriental philologist at Pisa University, where I obtained a B.A. (2011) and a M.A. in Oriental Studies (2013), I am currently PhD student in Syriac Studies at Ghent University and École pratique des hautes études in Paris, working on the Ecclesiastical History of Bar ‘Ebroyo, Syrian Orthodox polymath of the 13th century.
My PhD research focuses, first, on the study of the manuscript tradition of the Ecclesiastical History so as to provide scholarship with a new English translation based on an improved version of the existing edition. On the basis of the newly established text, I will provide a literary and historical study focusing on the literary genre and the formal aspects, the themes that stand out as most important and their relevance in Bar Ebroyo’s vision of history, the use of his sources (in particular with regard to Michael the Great), Bar ‘Ebroyo’s context and audience.
Besides my PhD research, I collaborate as doctoral researcher to the ERC Project ‘Memory of Empire: the Post-Imperial Historiography of Late Antiquity’, contributing to the edition of Syriac fragmentary historians and to the Syriac section of the Database ‘Clavis Historicorum Tardae Antiquitatis’ edited by L. Van Hoof and P. Van Nuffelen, offering a complete inventory of all historiographical works of Late Antiquity.