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Miss Priscilla Buongiorno

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Member of the Department of Classics and Ancient History  


BA at Universitas Studiorum Mediolanensis, University of Milan, Department of Humanities; Program: Lettere Moderne. Field: History of Christianity. Dissertation title: “Le streghe a Bormio. Processi 1515-1644” (Witchcraft in Bormio. Trials 1515-1644).

MA at Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Department of Humanities; Program: Arti Visive. Field: Iconography. Dissertation title: “L’immagine sacra come veicolo di memoria magica” (Sacred Images as Medium for a Memory of Magic).

PhD Project: Women’s Prototypes: Iconography of the Feminine in Early Christian Rome

My research aims to investigate the role of women in the early Christian community in Rome, through the adoption of the iconographic source as a specific medium of investigation. The analysis includes visual documents from Roman workshops, confronted with documents collected from the East (especially Egypt and Asia Minor). Specific interest is reserved to funerary art, as a primary source on the social organization of the community and visual manifestation of shared identity through the 3rd and 4th centuries CE. In order to identify the discrepancies between literature and iconography, I am currently working on early Christian texts, to extrapolate 'types' (of women). Especially two main types: Mary and Thecla. In these discrepancies might reside a piece of missing history, that could thus, be so reconstructed.

Research interests

  • - Early Christianity - Early Christian Iconography - Gender Studies

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Religion: Early Christian Iconography
  • Religious Education: Early Christian Iconography
  • Theology: Early Christian Iconography
  • Art: Early Christian Iconography
  • Visual culture: Early Christian Iconography