My research project, which started in October 2016 and is supervised by Prof. Karla Pollmann, is part of the ITN - Marie Curie Project "The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in the Western Civilization" http://itn-humanfreedom.eu/ whose aim is to investigate the reception and assimilation of the theological ideas expounded by the Church Father Origen (185-253) by later thinkers from Augustine to the contemporary age, particularly focussing on the concepts of human freedom and dignity. My project delves on the reception of Origen's thought in the Early Middle Ages and explore how Origen, despite his official condemnation in the 6th century, continued to inspire a number of early Western authors such as Gregory the Great, Bede and John Eriugena.
I have previously studied at the University of Bologna in Italy, completing a first cycle degree programme (BA) in Arts and a 2-year second cycle degree programme (MA) in Philology, Literature and Classical Tradition. I discussed my MA thesis in Early Christian Literature, focussing on Jerome's Prefaces to the Scriptures.
My main fields of interests are the Latin and Greek Literature of Late Antiquity and the Early Christian Literature.
Origen in the Eastern and the Western Parts of the Roman Empire in Late Antiquity, Anna Usacheva, Aarhus/Ilaria Scarponi, Reading (ITN Course and Conference "Ancient Thought from a Global Perspective: Human Freedom and Dignity", Canterbury, Feb 25th - Mar 1st 2017)