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Federicomaria Muccioli


Department of History and Cultures

Academic discipline: L-ANT/02 Greek History

Coordinator of PhD Programme of History and Archaeology. Studies on Heritage, Memory and Cultures


Keywords: Antiquity and its Legacy Diodorus Greek tyrannies Plutarch Roberto Valturio Alexander Polyhistor Hellenistic kingdoms Timagenes Greek and Roman East Heroic and divine cults


The main research themes of prof. Muccioli are basically the following:

1) Heroic and divine cults in the Greek world before Alexander.

2) Tyrants and leaders in Sicily and Magna Graecia between classical and Hellenistic periods.

3) Political and social history of Hellenism.

4) Tradition of antiquity in the court of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta.

5) Plutarch and the ancient biography.
6) Greek Historiography in Roman Times (Diodorus, Alexander Polyhistor and Timagenes)

Main publications about the previous topics (years 2007-2013). 

- Il culto del sovrano di epoca ellenistica e i suoi prodromi. Tre casi paradigmatici: Ierone I, Lisandro, la tirannide di Eraclea Pontica, in  G.A.Cecconi e C. Gabrielli (a cura di), Politiche religiose nel mondo antico e tardoantico, Bari 2011,  pp. 97-132 (n. 1, 2)  

- Gli epiteti ufficiali dei re ellenistici (Historia Einzelschriften, 244), Stuttgart 2013 (n. 3)

-  Esempi greci e strategie di citazione nel De re militari di Roberto Valturio. Note di lettura, " Studi Romagnoli" 58 (2007) (Convegno di Studi Romagnoli. Rimini. 20-21 e 27-28/10/2007), pp. 137-154 (n. 4)  

- La storia attraverso gli esempi. Protagonisti e interpretazioni del mondo greco in Plutarco, Milano 2012 (n. 5)  
-  Timagene, un erudito tra Alessandria e Roma. Nuove riflessioni, in  V. Costa (a cura di),   Tradizione e trasmissione degli storici greci frammentari II. Tradizione e trasmissione degli storici greci frammentari. Atti del Terzo Workshop Internazionale, Tivoli 2012, pp. 365-388 (n. 6) 


1) The link between heroic and divine cults plays an important role in the Ruler-cult, from the V century B.C. to the change imposed by Alexander the Great. My purpose is to offer an analytical study of such cults and then a work of synthesis.

2) Western tyrannies, in particular of Sicily (from the Dinomenids to the tyranny/kingship of Agathocles) are very interesting political experiments in the Greek world. My purpose is to investigate themes, patterns and elements of continuity and change, in the wider context of Greek Sicily history of that period.

3) In the Hellenistic society from Alexander the Great to Cleopatra the image of the king plays a fundamental role. It is a kingship who has links with the  previous Greek (and Macedonian) kingship but also important innovations, borrowed from East royalties. The research focuses on the official (and unofficial) image of  the king, which comes out from Hellenistic titulature, through the examination of the whole available documentation, in a syncronic and diacronic view. The evolution and diffusion of Hellenistic titulature concern many kingdoms, from the Ptolemies to the Indo-Greeks kings, which are all taken into account. The results of this research will be  compared to the literature about kingship and to the many aspects related to the Hellenistic kinghsip. Indeed, this research is linked to a research group working in the Section of Ancient history, Department of History an Cultures (University of Bologna), which is now studying the various aspects of Hellenistic world (the political, economical ones and, in a wider way, the cultural ones), with particular attention to the sources (above all, inscriptions and papyri).

4) Through the fourtenth and fifteenth century Greek studies spread in Italy,  even with the latin translation of many ancient Greek sources (e.g., Plutarch or Appian). This phenomenon concerns some Italian cultural centres, above all in the North and in the middle Italy. The court of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta in Rimini offers many interesting points for such enquiry,  studied only in part until now. There are two inscriptions in ancient Greek engraved on the Tempio Malatestiano and the scholars at the court were in touch with Ciriaco from Ancona, probably the most prominent antiquity researcher of that period and in Rimini we can read a contemporary interesting selection of Latin inscriptions (the so-called codex Rigazziano). Among the literary works written for the Lord of Rimini we can mention the De re militari by Roberto Valturio. This author uses, often through translations and intermediary sources, many historians of Greek antiquity. The aim of the research is to detect all the quotation of ancient authors and to reconstruct the whole library of Valturio (even by comparing it with the manuscripts of the Biblioteca Malatestiana in Cesena). By throwing light on Valturio's culture (in particular about Greek world) in the  context of Sigismondo's court one could establish finally a good starting point for a new critical edition of the De re militari.

 5) In the modern history of classical scholarship Plutarch is mainly studied  simply as a biograph, only interested in researching the ethos of his heroes. Consequently, scholars are studying this author only taking into account moral and literary aspects. But one can not deny that Plutarch selects and interpretates carefully biographical and historiographical sources for his purposes. Indeed, the Lifes and the Moralia are very important texts for historical and historiographical enquiry; thus we have to consider them even in this light. The aim of the research is, first, to find out the judgement by Plutarch of the previous Greek  historians and to focus his judgement about the whole Greek history, independently from the attention to single heroes. In march 2012 I published a book  called: La storia attraverso gli esempi. Protagonisti e interpretazioni del mondo greco in Plutarco, Milano-Udine, Mimesis (I am planning to offer a second and revised edition in the next years). Secondly, I am working on a traduction and commentary of the Plutarchean  Life of Themistokles (to be published in BUR edition).

6)  Alexander Polyhistor and Timagenes are two historians and versatile writers of I Century B.C. They are often quoted in scholarship, but it lacks a new edition of their fragments. The aim of this research is to offer some preliminary studies and, consequently, a new edition of these writers. A part from this, I am preparing a commentary of books XXVIII-XXXVI of Diodorus Siculus.