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.

Previous teaching and research

Catholic University of America, Washington (DC): Assistant Professor


Spring 2018 LAT 104, “Vergil, Aeneid I,IV,VI”

GR 104, “Homer, Iliad I,IX and Euripides, Medea (selected passages)”

CLAS 261, “Heroes of the Middle Ages” (in translation)

Fall 2017 LAT 561, “Introduction to Medieval Latin Studies”


Catholic University of America, Washington (DC): Visiting Assistant Professor


Spring 2017 LAT 102, “Elementary Latin II”

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

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

Special workshop in Greek Paleography

Fall 2016 LAT 561, “Introduction to Medieval Latin Studies”

LAT 101, “Elementary Latin I”


Freie Universität Berlin: Lehrbeauftragter


Summer 2015 Hauptseminar 16416: "Tragedy and Politics" with T. Korneeva (in translation)

Winter 2014-15 Forschungsseminar 16215: "Plato, Republic"

Winter 2013-14 Proseminar 16415: "Medea’s Myth in Literature and Performance," with T. Korneeva (in translation)
Lektüre 16218: "Aristotle, Metaphysics XII"

Summer 2013 Proseminar 16208: "Homer, Odyssey IX-XII"


Humboldt Universität zu Berlin: Lehrbeauftragter


Summer 2014 Lektüre: "Seneca, De Otio - De Brevitate Vitae"

Summer 2013 Lektüre: "Aristotle, De Anima I-II"


Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter


1/1/2012-1/10/2015, Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca et Byzantina


King’s College London: Teaching Assistant 


2011-12 (Term 1) “Greek Language 1,” Prof. M. Trapp