Mircea Duluş graduated from the Faculty of History and Philosophy Babeş-Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and from the Faculty of Letters, Department of Classical Philology (Latin and Ancient Greek). In 2006 he completed an MA in Historical Religious Studies at the Università degli Studi di Napoli ‘L’Orientale’, Naples, Italy. Subsequently, he was accepted for the MA programm in Medieval Studies at Central European University, Budapest, followed with the admission for the PhD programm in 2007. Between 2009 and 2010 he was a fellow at the New Europe College, Institute for Advanced Studies, Bucharest. In 2012 he continued his research at the École Français d’Athénes and at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection where he benefited from a Short-Term Pre-Doctoral Residency (2012) and a Summer Fellowship (2013).
My research interest bears on the Byzantine cultural history with a focus on theological and secular literature adjoined by subjects like patronage, monastic cultures or religious movements and polemics.
My current research addresses the substantial collection of homilies written by Philagathos of Cerami. This is the first comprehensive attempt to contextualize Philagathos’ activity in the wider socio-historical framework of the multi-ethnic Norman kingdom during the reigns of Roger II and William I. This analysis enshrines Philagathos within the Italo-Greek intellectual networks to reveal the role they played in the general transfer of the Byzantine literary and artistic images of power upon the new Norman dynasty. I portray these sermons as part of the process of institutionalization of the religious life in the Norman kingdom of Sicily with Philagathos acting as an itinerant preacher through Calabria and Sicily delivering some of his compositions before the Norman kings. I examine the performative aspects related to these texts, the exegetical method and style since one of the great attractions of these homilies resides in their surprising sources of citations.