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Antonio Cacciari

Associate Professor

Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies

Academic discipline: L-FIL-LET/06 Ancient Christian Literature


Keywords: Septuagint New Testament Philo of Alexandria Greek Apologists Letter to Diognetus Origen Eusebius of Caesarea Augustine of Hippo

The research on Origen and the Alexandrian tradition aims to a a better knowledge of the literary production concerning the interpretation of the Bible in ancient Christianity. I am preparing a new edition with commentary of the Homilies on Numbers, to be published in Origen's "Opera omnia", directed by M. Simonetti and L. Perrone. The commentary to Eusebius' History of the Church will make available to scholars the most important source for the history of ancient Christian literature. The project involves Italian as well as French and Swiss scholars.

I am preparing a new critical edition, with introduction and commentary, of the Letter to Diognetus, to be published in the series "Scrittori greci e latini – Fondazione Valla" (ed. Mondadori)

The study of Origen and the Alexandrian tradition has been the subject of papers read in many Italian and international conferences, concerning the presence of Philo in Origen; Wisdom and Siracides in Origen; the literary form of Origen's prose. Recently, I collaborated to the editio princeps of the 'new' Origen's 29 Homilies on Psalms (with L. Perrone, M. Molin Pradel, E. Prinzivalli, A. Cacciari; edited in the Griechischen Christlichen Schriftsteller [ed. De Gruyter] in 2015). The study of Origen and of the Alexandrian tradition is also supported by my collaboratio to the review "Adamantius. Rivista del Gruppo Italiano di Ricerca su Origene e la Tradizione Alessandrina". Founded in 1995 in the University of Pisa e moved to the University of Bologna in 2004, it has become a reference point for the specialists in Origen, as well as in patristic studies in general.

My interest in the Greek version of the Old Testament (Septuagint) has produced some years ago the translation and commentary of the Book of Numbers, within the first italian translation of the LXX Pentateuch (ed. Dehoniane, Roma 1999. In the same line of research, I am now writing some voices for the "Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint" (ed. Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen), directed by E. Bons and J. Joosten.