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Antonio Clemente Domenico Panaino

Full Professor

Department of Cultural Heritage

Academic discipline: L-OR/14 Iranian Philology, Religions and History

Curriculum vitae

Antonio Clemente Domenico PANAINO

Personal Data born in Busto Arsizio (VA),

July 24, 1961



  • Specialist in the field of Ancient Iranian Linguistics, Philology, and Religions
  • Full Professor of Iranian Studies at the University of Bologna
  • Teaching experience in the field since 1992 (Avestan, Old Persian, Pahlavi, Sogdian, etc.)

    in Italy and abroad

  • Active in research in the field since 1985 with more than 300 publications, of which around 150 in peer-review journals or publishing houses
  • Supervision of more than 50 Master theses and 15 PhD theses
  • Member of national and international committees in the field
  • Secretary and subsequently President of the Societas Iranologica Europaea
  • Founder of the Melammu Project, Vice-Chairman and Chairman
  • President of the ASIAC (Italian Association for the Study of Caucasus and Central Asia)
  • Director of the Emilia-Romagna Branch of the Is.M.E.O. and Is.I.A.O. for 10 years
  • 6 years of service as Dean of the Faculty of Preservation of Cultural Heritage
  • Director of the Italian Archaeological and Ethno-Linguistic Mission in Tajikistan for 7 years
  • Full member of the Doctoral School of the University of Bologna
  • External Examiner for the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften Wien
  • Organizer and director of many international and national conferences and seminars in Iranian studies
  • Director of national and European research projects
  • Administrative Experience in the governing boards of museums and foundations
  • Experience in the organization of teaching programs and faculty management
  • Coordination of large group research projects
  • Cooperation with public institution and state bodies (Town, Army, Police, etc.) in adult education programs about Western and Central Asia
  • Fluent in Italian (native), English and French; competent in German and Spanish; basic knowledge of Modern Persian and Tajik; expert reading knowledge of these langauges and of ancient Iranian and Indic languages


  • Classical Lyceum in Milan (5 years)
  • Laurea in Classical Studies (with a dissertation on Avestan) at the State University of Milan 110/110 cum laude in 1984 (4 years)
  • PhD program in Iranian studies (3 years) at “l’Orientale”, the University of Naples (1985-89)
  • In the framework of the PhD programs period of studies in Liège, Cambridge (UK) and London (SOAS)
  • Diploma Is.M.E.O. of Persian Studies (1989)
  • Post-doctoral Scholarship (1991)


  • Full Professor of Iranian Studies at the University of Bologna, Department of Cultural Heritage (since 2000)
  • External Affiliate to the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World, the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Member of the Corpus Inscriptionum Iranicarum
  • Member of the Advisor Commettee of the Encyclopædia Iranica
  • Consulting Editor of the Encyclopædia Iranica
  • Fellow of the excellence Center Einstein, Project Chronoi, Freie Universität zu Berlino and of the Max Planck Institute für Wissenschaftsgeschicte di Berlino (2018 e 2019;
  • Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris (2020).
  • Directeur d’études invité en Histoire et philologie de l'Iran pré-islamiquechez l'EPHE Paris.
  • – Consulting editor of the Encyclopaedia Iranica.


  • Associate Professor at the University of Bologna since 1992
  • Dean of the Faculty of Preservation of Cultural Heritage (6 years)
  • Member (and director) of the International Commission of the University of Bologna
  • Member of the Commission for the Relation with the External Institutions at the University of Bologna
  • Professeur invité à l’Ecole pratique des hautes études, Paris (1998)
  • Invited to deliver the Quatre leçons au Collège de France, Paris (2001)
  • Director of Master classes (Yaghnobi Language; Ancient Economy; Cultural Heritage I Crisis Areas)
  • He has been Director of the Is.I.A.O. Classes of Oriental Languages in the Ravenna branch of the University of Bologna
  • Director of the Avesta Project for the Is.M.E.O.;
  • Director of the Project for the History of Sciences and Pseudo-Sciences in the Ancient and Eastern world


  • Lecturer at the Military School of Turin in at the Post Conflict Operation Centre
  • The Founding Member of the Medical Research at the Fondazione del Monte of Bologna and Ravenna (a bank)
  • Member of the Administrative Board of the Ravenna Festival
  • Scientific Director of the official periodical of the Grand Orient (Italy) for ten years (25,000 copies each three months)


  • Accademia delle Scienze di Bologna (corresponding member)
  • Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti (Messina)
  • Associazione per lo Studio in Italia dell’Asia Centrale e del Caucaso (ASIAC, ex Chairman)
  • Associazione Biblica Italiana (Rome)
  • Association pour l’Avancement des études iraniennes, Paris
  • International Association of Manichaean Studies
  • International Association for Intercultural Studies of the Melammu Project (former Chairman)
  • Istituto Gramsci, Bologna
  • Istituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente. Roma (ordinary member, director of the Divi­sion Emilia-Romagna. Member of the Board, Lombard Division)
  • Philological Society (London)
  • Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (London)
  • Societas Iranologica Europaea (former Chairman)
  • Società Italiana degli Orientalisti
  • Società Italiana di Storia delle Religioni (ex member of the board)
  • Société Asiatique (Paris)
  • Sodalizio Glottologico Milanese (Milan)


  • Prize R. et T. Ghirshman for the Iranian Stu­dies by the French Academy (1998)
  • Laurea ad honorem by the New Bul­ga­rian University of So­phia (2011)
  • Publication of Kleine Schriften, 3 volumes, edited by pupils and colleague
  • Sackler Lecturer (2021/22) at the Faculty of Arts of the Tel Aviv University
  • Ida Bean Visiting Professor at the Iowa University, 2022


  • Member of the Advisor Commette of the Encyclopædia Iranica
  • Consulting Editor of the Encyclopædia Iranica
  • Sīmorγ, Milano, Mimesis (since 1999)
  • Si vis pacem, Milano, Mimesis (since 2005)
  • Indo-Iranica et Orientalia. Series Purpurea (with Velizar Sadovski), Milano – Udine, Mimesis (since 2009)
  • Indo-Iranica et Orientalia. Series Lazur (with Velizar Sadovski), Milano – Udine, Mimesis (since 2011)
  • Iranica et Mediterranea (with Paolo Ognibene)
  • Diadema, Milan (with Fr. Muccioli)
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of Iran and the Caucasus, Bizantinistica, Acta Iranica
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Series Ancient Cultures of Knowledge", Mohr Siebeck (Tübingen)