Cecilia Sideri

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After graduating in Italian Philology at Cattolica University in Milan (2015), Cecilia Sideri obtained her PhD in Italian Studies at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice (2020). She also holds a MA in Music (flute performance) from the Conservatory of Milan (2012) and a diploma in Archival and Palaeographical Studies from the States Archives of the same city (2017). Her doctoral dissertation (soon to be published De Gruyter 2022) explores the reception of Diodorus Siculus’ Biliotheca historica in the 14th and 15th centuries, through the study of the first Latin translations (particularly, Poggio Bracciolini’s one) and Italian vernacularizations.  

Since 2016 she is lecturer of Italian Language and Culture for foreign students at Cattolica University in Milan, where she also coordinates the activities of Centro di Studi Italiani/Center of Italian Studies (CSI/CIS). Since 2020 she is lecturer of Maedieval and Renaissance Philology at the University of Verona (semester course, BA students).

As a researcher, her main areas of interest and expertise are the rediscovery of Greek Studies in Renaissance Italy (with a particular focus on Poggio Bracciolini’s activity as a translator into Latin), 15th-16th century versions of Greek texts into Italian vernacular and the history of manuscript circulation and collecting during the Renaissance.

At the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute she will carry out a research on Cristoforo Landino’s knowledge of Greek as witnessed in some of his autograph manuscripts (‘zibaldoni’) preserved in Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana.  

She has been recently awarded a Bibliographical Society of America Short Term Fellowship (2021), for a project dedicated to the reconstruction of the manuscript collection once belonged to Marco Antonio Altieri (1450-1532), a fellow of the Roman Academy and pupil of Pomponio Leto.

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