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Rachele Ricceri

“A Reevaluation of Michael Psellos’s Writings on the Psalms and Their Transmission”

Rachele Ricceri

Universiteit Gent, Byzantine Studies Summer Fellow

Ricceri’s project, the first systematic study of Michael Psellos’s appraisal of the psalms, includes a detailed investigation of the manuscript transmission of the works devoted to the interpretation of the psalms, with special attention to Poem 1. This philological analysis will shed light on the afterlife and use of some of Psellos’s works. The research will also involve the examination of textual cross-references and of a partly shared transmission in order to reevaluate the status of Poems 53 and 54, considered as spurious by L. G. Westerink.

Rachele Ricceri received her PhD in classical philology at the Universiteit Gent and the Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata with a doctoral dissertation on Gregory of Nazianzus’s poetry (critical edition of Poem 2.1.50). Since 2013, she has been part of the team of the Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams (Universiteit Gent), of which she is currently the content manager. In 2018, she started working as a postdoctoral researcher on a project concerning the reception of the psalms in Byzantine poetry (collaboration between Universiteit Gent, KU Leuven, and the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, funded by the Flemish and the Austrian Research Councils). The main focus of her current research is an edition of Psalter epigrams, metrical paratexts that are widespread in manuscripts but have received little critical attention so far.