1. Flores vitae nostrae: ritual use of flowers in the
Christian society between Antiquity and the Middle Ages (cult and
funerary use of garlands and floral crowns; presence of flowers or
other vegetal elements – palm fronds and olive branches – in the
christianized ceremonies of adventus; the act of laying
flowers on tombs or inside burials; floral metaphors and cult of
2. The christianized ritual of incubation:
historical-anthropological and historical-semantic analysis of the
sick's oneiric healing in some of the major therapeutic sanctuaries
of the Mediterranean during Late Antiquity (3rd to 8th centuries)
and the Middle Ages (9th to 13th centuries).
3. The medieval concept of res sacrae in the light of the
post-Gregorian speculation on some key concepts of the theological
and liturgical discourse.
4. Dressing, anointing and adorning statues: semantics of a rite
between Antiquity and the Middle Ages.
5. Ornamentum and ornamenta in the European
culture from Antiquity to the Renaissance.
6. Churches without images. The myth of the aniconic origins and
its fortunes in the Middle Ages, I. Constantine and the Saviour's
image from Eusebios of Caesarea to Bonizone of Sutri.
7. Votive offerings: rites and imagery in Christian History
8. Ecstasy and demonic possession in the first Christian Millenium