Francesca Potenza


Post-doctoral Researcher


Faculty Address

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Associate Faculty Member from 3rd May 2023)






DR FRANCESCA POTENZA obtained her Master’s magna cum laude in Philology, Literature and History of Antiquity, at University of Rome “Roma Tre”, with a Thesis in Byzantine Philology. Her doctoral dissertation (PhD in History, at University of Rome “Tor Vergata”), “The hagiographic dossier of Saint Pantaleemon: general study and critical edition”, focused on the critical edition of the premetaphrastic Passio of St. Pantaleemon, which was passed on in different redactions, mostly unedited. From 2015 to 2019, she was a Research Fellow at the Vatican Library, for the study and cataloguing of the Greek manuscripts in the Library of Pope Nicholas the Fifth (1447-1455). Research was published as a book in 2022. Since February 2017, she’s been a Theaching Assistant in Byzantine History and Philology at University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. She is a member of the Associazione Italiana di Studi Bizantini and of the Istituto Siciliano di Studi Bizantini e Neoellenici "Bruno Lavagnini". She is currently a Post-doctoral Researcher at the University of Palermo for the ERC Project "DocuMult: Documenting Multiculturalism. Co-existence, law and multiculturalism in the administrative and legal documents of Norman and Hohenstaufen Sicily, c.1060-c.1266" (P.I.: Professor Jeremy Johns).

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