The Catholic University of America

Dr. Fabio Pagani 

Dr. Fabio Pagani, Department of Greek and Latin  

Fabio Pagani (PhD, Scuola Normale Superiore, 2011; BA 2004, MA 2006, University of Pisa and Scuola Normale Superiore), Assistant Professor of Greek and Latin, is a specialist in the interactions between Classical and Christian learning in the Middle Ages, both West and East.  His research interests focus specifically upon the reception of Greek philosophy (mainly Plato and Aristotle) during the Latin Middle Ages through the Italian Renaissance, with particular attention to the roles played by Byzantine intellectuals.  Dr. Pagani’s PhD dissertation was dedicated to the intellectual quarrel about Platonism that took place in Rome between George of Trebizond and Cardinal Bessarion in the mid-fifteenth century.  His work not only included an edition of the Latin text of book I-IV of George’s translation and Bessarion’s comments, but also demonstrated that translations played a significant role in triggering (and shaping) philosophical discussions about how Platonism might be made compatible with Thomistic interpretations of Aristotle.  As part of another large-scale project, Dr. Pagani's recent discovery of Gemistos Pletho’s copy of Plato’s dialogues allowed him to demonstrate that Gemistos produced his own working edition of Plato by erasing (and therefore censoring) passages for reasons connected to his own distinctive philosophical and religious outlook.  Outside of CUA, Dr. Pagani is cooperating with the long-term project Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca et Byzantina in Berlin, and he works on the reception of Aristotle's Metaphysics in Byzantium, particularly upon the role played by the late thirteenth- and early fourteenth-century scholar George Pachymeres.  Dr. Pagani has been an Onassis Fellow in Athens (2009-10) and a fellow at the Warburg Institute, London (Fall 2010).  During academic year 2015-16 he held fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, DC) and at Princeton (Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies).  Due to his broad interest in the reception of antiquity in later periods, he is a member of the Princeton-based 'Postclassicisms' network.  He was first appointed at CUA as Visiting Assistant Professor in 2016, and as Assistant Professor in 2017.  He teaches courses in both classical and medieval Greek and Latin language and literature.

Courses Taught

The Catholic University of America

GR 104, Intermediate Greek II: Homer, Iliad I, IX and Euripides, Medea

GR 490/590, Introduction to Byzantine Greek Language and Literature

Special Workshop in Greek Paleography

LAT 101, Elementary Latin I

LAT 102, Elementary Latin II

LAT 103, Intermdiate Latin I

LAT 104, Intermediate Latin II: Vergil, Aeneid I, IV, VI

LAT 561, Introduction to Medieval Latin Studies

LAT 562, Topics in Medieval Latin Studies: Introduction to Latin Paleography

CLAS 261, Heroes of the Middle Ages


Freie Universität Berlin: Lehrbeauftragter

Hauptseminar 16416: Tragedy and Politics (in translation), with T. Korneeva

Forschungsseminar 16215: Plato, Republic

Proseminar 16415: Medea’s Myth in Literature and Performance (in translation), with T. Korneeva

Proseminar 16208: Homer, Odyssey IX-XII

Lektüre 16218: "Aristotle, Metaphysics XII


Humboldt Universität zu Berlin: Lehrbeauftragter

Lektüre: Seneca, De Otio and De Brevitate Vitae

Lektüre: Aristotle, De Anima I-II