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Valeria Flavia LOVATO

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Mme Valeria Flavia LOVATO

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 valeriaflavialovato(at)gmail.com

OrcID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1021-6035

 Education

06.07.2020–10.07.2020  Central European University Summer School in Latin and Greek Codicology and Palaeography – Level: advanced

10.02.2020-12.02.2020   Workshop: Introduction to Network Analysis for Historians and Archaeologists

                                                University of Southern Denmark (Odense)

                                                Instructor: Dr Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, Austrian Academy of Sciences

21.08.2017–30.06.2018  Master of Advanced Studies – Haute École Pédagogique Vaud, Switzerland (Specialization: Educational Sciences, Teaching Practice, Didactics of Ancient Greek) Dissertation (Mémoire professionnel de diplôme): Le grec oral au gymnase. La compréhension orale d’un texte d’auteur (10.22005/bcu.255941).

01.10.2012–17.03.2017  PhD in Greek Literature and Philology (Imprimatur – recommended for publication without modifications)
Universities of Turin and Lausanne (co-tutelle program; Viva: 17/03/2017)
Thesis: ψεύδεα πολλὰ λέγειν ἐτύμοισιν ὁμοῖα. La ricezione di Odisseo e di Omero presso Giovanni Tzetze e Eustazio di Tessalonica [The reception of Odysseus and Homer in John Tzetzes and Eustathios of Thessaloniki’s work and thought].
Supervisors: Professors David Bouvier (University of Lausanne) and Tommaso Braccini (University of Turin)

01.10.2013–30.11.2013  Visiting Student
University of Cambridge, Department of Classics

01.10.2008–18.04.2012  Master’s Degree in Greek Literature and Philology (Magna cum laude)
University of Siena, Department of Classics
Dissertation: La figura di Neottolemo nella poesia epica e nella tragedia di Sofocle [A study of the evolution of the character of Neoptolemus, both in Greek epic poetry and Sophoclean tragedy].
Supervisor: Professor Carlo Brillante; co-supervisor: Professor Tommaso Braccini

01.10.2004–16.09.2008  Bachelor’s Degree in Classics (Magna cum laude)
University of Siena, Department of Classics
Dissertation:
Il pantomimo a Roma nella prima epoca imperiale: le origini e i temi [The origins and themes of pantomime in the early Roman Empire].
Supervisor: Professor Gianni Guastella

31.08.2003–06.09.2003  Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa Summer School
(Selected among the highest-achieving Italian high school students)

Employment history

01.11.2021                             Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (Return Grant)

                                                  University of Geneva – Department of Classics

                                                  Line manager: Professor Paul Schubert

01.01.2019–31.08.2021    Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (PostDoc.Mobility)

                                                  University of Southern Denmark – Centre for Medieval Literature

                                                  Advisor: Professor Aglae Pizzone

27.08.2018–21.12.2018   High school teacher (preparation for the Swiss A-level exams)

                                                  Subjects taught: Ancient Greek – All classes delivered in French

Gymnase Auguste Piccard – Chemin de Bellerive 16 – 1007 Lausanne (Switzerland)

19.02.2018–31.07.2018   Teaching fellow (chargée de cours) in Greek Literature and Philology – All courses delivered in French

University of Lausanne – Institut d'archéologie et des sciences de l'Antiquité (ASA)

                                                  Line manager: Professor David Bouvier

01.07.2017ongoing         Scientific Collaborator (collaboratrice scientifique externe)

University of Lausanne – Institut d'archéologie et des sciences de l'Antiquité (ASA)

                                                  Line manager: Professor David Bouvier

01.01.2017–30.09.2018   Research fellowshipproject title: Homer between two worlds. The Reception of Homer in the Renaissance, from Byzantium to the West
University of Sassari – Dipartimento di Storia, Scienze dell’Uomo e della Formazione

                                                Directed by: Professor Valentina Prosperi

01.08.2016–31.07.2017   Teaching fellow (chargée de cours) in Greek Literature and Philology – All courses delivered in French

University of Lausanne – Institut d'archéologie et des sciences de l'Antiquité (ASA)

                                                  Line manager: Professor David Bouvier

24.08.2015–21.12.2018   High school teacher (preparation for the Swiss A-level exams)

Subjects taught: Italian, Latin, English, History and Geography – English classes delivered in English, all other classes delivered in French

                                                  École Roche – Rue de la Tour 8 bis – 1006 Lausanne (Switzerland)

17.06.2013–06.07.2013   Member of the final examination board (Italian A-level exams)

Liceo Classico (Istituzione scolastica di istruzione classica e artistica)

Via dei Cappuccini 2 – 11100 Aosta (Italy)

19.02.2013–12.06.2013   High school teacher in Latin and Italian Literature

                                                  (preparation for the Italian A-level exams)

                                                  Liceo Classico (Istituzione scolastica di istruzione classica e artistica)

                                                  Via dei Cappuccini 2 – 11100 Aosta (Italy)

Approved research projects

01.11.2021                           Postdoctoral research project focusing on the Greek concept of asteiotēs in 11th- and 12th-century literary sources – project title: The power of (good?) taste. Understanding refinement, sophistication, and social distinction in Byzantium (funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation).

01.2019–31.08.2021        Postdoctoral research project focusing on Isaac Comnenus Porphyrogenitus – project title: Isaac Comnenus: Walking the Line in 12th-century Byzantium and Beyond (funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, in collaboration with the Centre for Medieval Literature and the Danish Institute for Advanced Study – SDU).

01.10.2013–17.03.2017  PhD research project in Greek Philology and Byzantine Studies, focusing on the reception of Homer in 12th-century Byzantium – project title: ψεύδεαπολλλέγειντύμοισινμοα. La ricezione di Odisseo e di Omero presso Giovanni Tzetze e Eustazio di Tessalonica (co-funded by the University of Torino, the Zerilli-Marimò Foundation and Swissuniversities – see also below, section 9).

Teaching activities – University teaching

19.02.2018–31.07.2018: Teaching fellow (chargée de cours), University of Lausanne (all courses delivered in French)

  • Greek grammar and syntax for advanced Hellenists – replacing for Dr Pierre Voelke (lecture)
  • Greek literature for advanced Hellenists – replacing for Dr Pierre Voelke (lecture, reading of original texts by various Greek authors, literary and philological commentary)
  • Greek philology for advanced Hellenists (lecture, introduction to Greek meter and accentuation, basics in philology and textual criticism)
  • Greek grammar and syntax for beginners (tutorial class for core lecture by Dr Pierre Voelke)

01.08.2016–31.07.2017: Teaching fellow (chargée de cours), University of Lausanne (all courses delivered in French)

  • Introduction to Greek grammar and syntax for beginners (tutorial class for core lecture by Dr Pierre Voelke)
  • Greek philology for advanced Hellenists (lecture, introduction to Greek meter and accentuation, basics in philology and textual criticism)
  • Greek grammar and syntax for advanced Hellenists (tutorial class for core lecture by Prof. David Bouvier – monthly sessions)

Memberships in panels, boards, and individual scientific reviewing activities

01.09.2020–ongoing          peer reviewer for the online journal “I quaderni del ramo d’oro” (ISSN 2035-7524)

02.2021–ongoing               peer reviewer for the journal “Graeco-Latina Brunensia” (ISSN 1803-7402)

07.2021–ongoing               peer reviewer for the journal “Revista de Filología y Lingüística” (ISSN 2215-2628)

08.2021–ongoing                peer reviewer for the “Bryn Mawr Classical Review” (ISSN 1055-7660)

Active memberships in scientific societies

05.05.2018–ongoing          ordinary member of the SVAW/ASEA (Schweizerische Vereinigung für Altertumswissenschaft / Association Suisse pour l’Étude de l’Antiquité)

Organization of conferences

05–06.03.2020

Isaac Comnenus Porphyrogenitus: Walking the Line in 12th-century Byzantium and Beyond (international conference involving 14 speakers from both European and non-European institutions)

University of Southern Denmark – Centre for Medieval Literature

21.11.2017

Homer between Two Worlds. The Reception of Homer in the Renaissance, from Byzantium to the West (international workshop involving 10 speakers from European and U.S. institutions)

University of Sassari, Dipartimento di Storia, Scienze dell’uomo e della Formazione (co-organized with Professor Valentina Prosperi)

Prizes, awards and fellowships

06.2018

Swiss National Science Foundation Return Grant (starting date: November 2021)

01.11.2020–30.11.2020

Wolfgang Fritz Volbach-Fellowship (one-month fellowship covering accommodation and living costs: 2.500 €), Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus – Byzanz zwischen Orient und Okzident – Mainz/Frankfurt. N.B. Postponed to the Spring semester 2022 because of Covid-19 travel restrictions.

10.12.2019

Carlsberg Foundation Conference Grant (42.900 DKK) for the organisation of the conference “Isaac Comnenus Porphyrogenitus: Walking the Line in 12th-century Byzantium and Beyond”(Centre for Medieval Literature, University of Southern Denmark, 5th and 6th March 2020)

20.06.2018

Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoc.Mobility Grant (ranked as a top-quality application out of six quality levels. One of the 85 out of 185 applications to be selected)

01.01.2017

Research grant awarded by the Dipartimento di Storia, Scienze dell’Uomo e della Formazione (University of Sassari) and financed by the Banco di Sardegna to participate in the research project Homer between two worlds. The Reception of Homer in the Renaissance, from Byzantium to the West

06.2015

Doctoral research grant awarded by the Zerilli-Marimò Foundation (Lausanne) for the academic year 2015-2016 (20.509 CHF)

06.2015

Swissuniversities grant for the most promising co-tutelle PhD projects involving a Swiss University – Grade awarded: A (10.000 CHF to be used for travel and research purposes until completion of the PhD)

10.2012

PhD scholarship awarded by the University of Turin (Department of Classical and Modern Studies)

10.2012

PhD scholarship awarded by the University of Trento (Department of Humanities), declined in favour of the above

09.2003

Travel and attendance grant for Summer School

Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa

Personal skills

Modern languages

Italian                  native speaker

English                                 proficient (reading, speaking, listening, and writing; 12/2012: IELTS Academic 8)

French                                 proficient (reading, speaking, listening, and writing)

  • 09/2017: Usage du français comme outil professionnel (French as a Teaching Language – Haute École Pédagogique Lausanne —passed)
  • 06/2013: Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (DALF C2)

German                               Idoneità di lingua tedesca, certificate awarded by the University of Siena after a written and oral exam (good reading skills, basic oral and writing skills)

Modern Greek                  good reading skills, basic oral and writing skills

Presentations

A. Invited talks

09. 2022                               “The many voices (and faces) of the author between truth and fictionality”, conference panel Byzantine poetry between fictionality and factuality organized by Prof. N. Zagklas and Dr. K. Kubina, 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies. *The talk was originally scheduled for August 2021, but the entire conference has been postponed to 2022 because of Covid-19.

13.12.2021                          Lecture on Isaac Comnenus’s “paraphrastic style”, as observed in his rewriting of the Letter of Aristeas, in the context of the MA seminar on Byzantine Studies, University of Leuven, Department of Greek Studies (seminar organized by Prof. Reinhart Ceulemans).

11.2020                                “Crossing borders: from Byzantium to Jerusalem and back again. Isaac Comnenus’ exile to the East as a stepping-stone for the imperial throne”, Lecture Series Byzanz in Mainz & Frankfurt, Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus, Mainz-Frankfurt Universität. *Originally scheduled for November 2020, the lecture has been postponed to the Spring Semester 2022 (date to be confirmed) because of Covid-19.

06.07.2020                          “Isaac’s paraphrase of the Letter of Aristeas as a speculum principis and the role of Jerusalem in the self-portrait of a literate ruler”, 2020 International Medieval Congress, Leeds (panel Shifting Borders between Jewish and Christian in Byzantium, organized by Prof. R. Ceulemans). *Originally scheduled for July 2020, the panel has been postponed TBD because of Covid-19.

11–12.10.2018                   “What is a Middle-Byzantine Paraphrase? A case study: Isaac Comnenus and the Letter of Aristeas, Pratiques de reformulation: l’Iliade entre paraphrase, traduction et imitation, University of Lausanne.

31.03.2017                          “La réception de la figure d’Ulysse chez les commentateurs byzantins”, interdisciplinary seminar Autour de la guerre de Troie: récits grecs et romains, organisedby Professors Danielle van Mal-Maeder and David Bouvier, ASA, University of Lausanne.

13.11.2014                          “John Tzetzes, a new (or a better?) Homer in twelfth-century Byzantium”, Annual Workshop on Twelfth-Century Byzantine Culture, University of Uppsala.

B. Talks at conferences with peer-reviewed abstracts

05–06.03.2020                   “A usurper in exile? A reappraisal of Isaac’s Poem to the Virgin”, International Workshop on Isaac Comnenus, Centre for Medieval Literature, University of Southern Denmark.

01–04.07.2019                   “Isaac Comnenus’ ‘Poem to the Virgin’: exile as an occasion for self-fashioning and self-propaganda in 12th-century Byzantium”, 2019 International Medieval Congress, Leeds.

04–06.10.2018                   “Re-imagining the Empire in Isaac Comnenus’ paraphrase of the Letter of Aristeas”, BSA 44th Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

06–08.09.2018                   “John Tzetzes’ reception of Orpheus”, Tzetzes: an International Conference, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice.

21.11.2017                          “Scaturigo divi Heliconis: la (rap)presentazione di Omero nelle edizioni quattro-cinquecentesche delle sue opere”, Homer between two Worlds, International Workshop on the reception of Homer in the Renaissance, University of Sassari.

20–22.10.2017                   “Odysseus the schedographer in Eustathios’ Parekbolai”, Preserving, Commenting, Adapting: Commentaries on Ancient Texts in Twelfth-Century Byzantium, International Workshop at the University of Silesia in Katowice organized by the Centre of Studies on Byzantine Literature and Reception.

01–02.12.2016                   “The wanderer, the philosopher and the exegete: receptions of the Odyssey in twelfth-century Byzantium”, Paths of Knowledge in Antiquity – Topoi Excellence Cluster, Freie and Humboldt Universities, Berlin.

26–27.02.2016                 “The ‘city-sacker’ Epeius”, Trends and Turning-Points: Constructing the Late Antique and Byzantine World, University of Oxford.

11–13.05.2015                 “Ὁ Παλαμήδης καὶ ὁ Τζέτζης σωματικοῖς καὶ ψυχικοῖς ὅμοιοι πᾶσιν ὄντες… Portrait de héros, portrait d’érudit: Jean Tzetzès et la tradition des eikonismoi, Colloque international dans le cadre du réseau européen Le phénomène littéraire aux premiers siècles de notre ère, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III.

12.03.2015                          “Ridimensionare Odisseo: Omero, Giovanni Tzetze e l’immeritata fama del δύσμορφος Ἰθακήσιος”, Associazione Rodopis – Ricerche a Confronto VIII, Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà, University of Bologna.

27–28.02.2015                   “Hellenizing Cato? A short survey of the concepts of Greekness, Romanity and barbarity in John Tzetzes’ work and thought”, Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Byzantine World, University of Oxford.

28.02–01.03.2014             “Ulysse, Tzetzès et l’éducation à Byzance”, The city and the cities: from Constantinople to the frontier, University of Oxford.

26–28.09.2013                   “La réception des Éacides chez les érudits byzantins”, Les Anciens des Modernes, Université de la Franche-Comté, Besançon.

Publications

I. Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals

1.“Portrait de héros, portrait d’érudit : Jean Tzetzès et la tradition des eikonismoi, Medioevo Greco 17 (2017), pp. 137–56 (https://www.ediorso.it/riviste/medioevo-greco-rivista-di-storia-e-filologia-bizantina-17-17.html#product_tabs_indice).

2. “Living by his wit: Tzetzes’ Aristophanic variations on the conundrums of a ‘professional writer’”, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 45.1 (2021), pp. 42–58 (https://doi.org/10.1017/byz/2020.29).

3.“Reading between the lines of a Byzantine ‘paraphrase’: (re)discovering Isaac Komnenos and the Letter of Aristeas”, Parekbolai 11 (2021), pp. 37–62 (https://doi.org/10.26262/par.v11i0.8075).

4. “Isaac Komnenos’ poem to the Virgin: the literary self-portrait of a Byzantine prince”, The Scandinavian Journal of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 6 (2020-2021), pp. 55–83.

In press

5. “From Cato to Plato and back again. Friendship and Patronage in John Tzetzes’ Letters and Chiliads, Classica & Mediaevalia 70 (2021–2022), pp. 59–98.

6. “From contentious hero to bone of contention. The reception of Thersites by John Tzetzes and Eustathios of Thessaloniki”, which will feature in a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Eikasmos Online (2021).

Review articles

A. Goldwyn & D. Kokkini (transl.), Allegories of the Odyssey – Allegoriae in Homeri Odysseam (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library 56), Cambridge, MA, 2019 for The Byzantine Review 2 (2020), pp. 110–130 (https://doi.org/10.17879/byzrev-2020-3024).

Book reviews

1. Alexis Torrance and Johannes Zachhuber (eds.), Individuality in Late Antiquity, Farnham – Burlington, VT, Ashgate, 2014, pp. x + 193, in Medioevo Greco 16 (2016).

2. Lynn Jones (ed.), Byzantine Images and Their Afterlives: Essays in Honor of Annemarie Weyl Carr, Ashgate, Farnham, 2014, pp. xii + 266, in Medioevo Greco 15 (2015), pp. 433–4.

3. Paroma Chatterjee, The Living Icon in Byzantium and Italy. The Vita Image, Eleventh to Thirteenth Centuries, Ann Arbor, Cambridge University Press, 2014, pp. xv + 268, in Medioevo Greco 15 (2015), pp. 495–6.

4. Martina Savio, Screditare per valorizzare: Giovanni Tzetze, le sue fonti, i committenti e la concorrenza. Pleiadi, 24. Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2020. Pp. xii, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (https://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2021/2021.08.15/).

II. Peer-reviewed books/monographs

1. Plausible Lies. Exploring the Reception of Odysseus and Homer by John Tzetzes and Eustathios of Thessaloniki, Oxford Studies in Byzantium (book proposal and sample chapters (40.000 words) accepted by the Editorial Board; the final manuscript will be handed in by January 2022).

2. Isaac Komnenos Porphyrogennetos: Walking the Line in Twelfth-century Byzantium (editor and contributor), Studies in Byzantine Cultural History, Routledge (forthcoming 2022).

3. Co-authored with Prof. Silvio F. Bär, the first English translation of John Tzetzes’ Carmina Iliaca and related scholia (with a short commentary), for the series Translated Texts for Byzantinists, Liverpool University Press (under contract; one third of the work (the Homerica)has already been completed and submitted to the editorial board; the final manuscript will be completed by July 2022).

III. Peer-reviewed conference proceedings

1. “Hellenizing Cato? A short survey of the concepts of Greekness, Romanity and barbarity in John Tzetzes’ work and thought” in K. Stewart and J. M. Wakeley (eds), Cross Cultural Exchange in the Byzantine World, c. 300-1500 A.D., Peter Lang, Bern, 2016, pp. 143–57 (https://doi.org/10.3726/978-1-78707-029-5).

Accepted, in press

2. “Réflexions sur la réception des Éacides chez les érudits byzantins”, in M.-R. Guelfucci (ed.), Retour aux sources. Les Anciens des Antiques, les Antiques des Modernes.

IV. Contributions to peer-reviewed books

1.“Rileggere Omero a Parigi e Bisanzio: l’apparente paradosso delle Iliades di Jehan Samxon e della Piccola grande Iliade di Giovanni Tzetze”, in V. Prosperi & F. Ciccolella (eds), La fortuna di Omero nel Rinascimento tra Bisanzio e l’Occidente, Hellenica 84, Edizioni dell’Orso, Alessandria, 2020, pp. 145-162 (https://www.ediorso.it/la-fortuna-di-omero-nel-rinascimento-tra-bisanzio-e-l-occidente.html#product_tabs_additional_tabbed).

2.“Tzetzes, Eustathius, and the ‘city-sacker’ Epeius: Trends and turning-points in the 12th-century reception of Homer”, in M. Kinloch and A. MacFarlane (eds), Trends and Turning-Points: Constructing the Late Antique and Byzantine World, The Medieval Mediterranean 117, Brill, Leiden, 2019, pp. 47-65 (https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004395749_005).

3. “The Wanderer, the Philosopher and the Exegete: Receptions of the Odyssey in Twelfth-century Byzantium”, in C. Ferella and C. Breytenbach (eds), Paths of Knowledge: Interconnection(s) between knowledge and journey in the Graeco-Roman world, Berlin Studies of the Ancient World 60, Edition Topoi, Berlin, 2018, pp. 217–40 (https://www.topoi.org/publication/47565/).

4. “Ulysse, Tzetzès et l’éducation à Byzance”, in N. S. M. Matheou, T. Kampianaki & L. M. Bondioli (eds), From Constantinople to the frontier. The City and the Cities, The Medieval Mediterranean 106, Brill, Leiden, 2016, pp. 236–44 (https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004307742_022).

In press

6. “Too Homeric to be true: John Tzetzes’ reception of Quintus of Smyrna and the importance of plausibility (pithanotēs)”, in S. Bär, L. Ozbek & E. Greensmith (eds), Quintus of Smyrna’s Posthomerica: Writing Homer Under Rome, Edinburgh University Press (forthcoming 2021), pp. 351–372.

5. “Odysseus the schedographer”, in B. Van den Berg, D. Manolova & P. T. Marciniak (eds), Byzantine Commentaries on Ancient Greek Texts, 12th-15th Centuries, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2022).

V. Outreach activities

“Jean Tzetzès et Eustathe de Thessalonique, deux érudits en compétition dans la Byzance du XIIe siècle”, Desmos 50, 2017, pp. 11-16.

VI. Other artefacts with documented use

A comprehensive database of 15th and 16th-century printed editions of the Homeric poems and other pseudo-Homeric works (inventory and description of more than 200 titles), realized in the context of the project Homer between two Worlds (University of Sassari); a preliminary, searchable online version is available here: https://www.dissuf.uniss.it/it/avvisi/pubblicazione-database-edizioni-antiche-omero.

VII. Translations

Alexander Jones, La macchina del cosmo: La meraviglia scientifica del meccanismo di Anticitera, transl. by V. F. Lovato, Universale Scientifica Hoepli, Milano 2019 (translation from English into Italian).


Corps enseignant et équipe scientifique