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Experienced Fellow

Michele Curni

Michele Curnis

Doctorate from:
Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy
Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy

Institute at UC3M:
Institute of Classical Studies on Society and Politics "Lucio Anneo Séneca"

E-mail: mcurnis@inst.uc3m.es

CONEX Fellow from 07/01/15 to 30/06/2019

Project

"Pol.Ar.Iber.A.: Handwritten  and Printed Tradition of Politics by Aristotle in the Iberian Area"

The research  project entitled “Handwritten and Printed Tradition of Politics by Aristotle in the Iberian Area” aims at looking into the complex relationship among intellectuals, men of letters, philologists  and  politicians between the 13th and 17th century: manuscripts, comments, printed editions, translations are all involved in the rediscovery of a text of basic importance in the history of western thought. The research is interested in finding out the methods with which Aristotle’s text  might have influenced the European civilization between the Middles Ages and the Modern age, by giving the main rules of political life but reflecting also the different cultural and historical demands. Politics was transcribed, translated, annotated, but also rewritten, adapted, supplemented because the text by Aristotle, if appropriately integrated, could better answer the requests of the age. The understanding of all these cultural phenomena could allow to give a contribution to the history of the European political thought and to the critical edition of the Aristotelian text (both in the Greek original and in the old Latin versions).

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Born the 6th August 1975 in Ivrea (Turin - Italy), Michele Curnis has a classical school formation: Liceo Classico “Carlo Botta”, Ivrea, 1989-1990/1993-1994; University degree in Classical Philology at Turin University, 28th January 1999 (Graduation thesis: Il Bellerofonte di Euripide. Testimonianze e frammenti); Language assistant for elementary ancient Greek in Turin University (1999-2000); Military service (2000); two years study’s period in Georgia Augusta Universität of Göttingen; Doctor’s degree in Greek, Latin and Byzantine Philology at Turin University, 10th February 2004 (Dissertation title: Plato Stobaeensis. Studi sulla tradizione indiretta del testo platonico nell’Anthologion di Giovanni Stobeo [1st Phil.Doc.]); since 2003 Michele Curnis belongs to the editorial staff of «Studi Italiani di Filologia Classica» (SIFC); Doctor’s degree in Ancient History at Genova University, 20th March 2011 (Dissertation title: Studi sulla ricezione della Politica e sulla tradizione manoscritta del testo [2nd Phil.Doc.]).

Articles in Journals

1 - Magia e popoli: dai prodigia all’etnografia, «l’Escalina» IV 1 (2015), pp. 21-40.

2 - La Politica di Aristotele tra Michele Efesio e Demetrio Petrizzopulo, «Erytheia. Revista de estudios bizantinos y neogriegos» 37 (2016), pp. 247-299. ISSN 0213-1986

3 - ¿Quién es el politólogo, según Aristóteles? Introducción al primer número de la revista «Pegé/Fons», «ΠΗΓΗ/FONS. Revista de estudios sobre la civilización clásica y su recepción» I (2016), pp. vi-xiii.

4 - Filosofia antica per un mondo globalizzato, «L’Indice dei libri del mese» (January 1st, 2017), p. 13. ISSN 0393-3903

5 - “La gazza ladra” ritorna alla Scala di Milano, «Donizetti Society Newsletter» 132 (October 2017), pp. 25-29.

6 - Tra democrazia e legalità, «Il Risveglio Popolare», 5 Ottobre 2017, p. 18.

7 - L’abate Valperga e la cultura in Piemonte tra ’700 e ’800, «Il Risveglio Popolare», 12 Ottobre 2017, p. 23.

8 - Campione della cultura sabauda. L’abate Valperga di Caluso al centro di un convegno, «Il Risveglio Popolare», 19 Ottobre 2017, p. 19.

9 - Addio a Corsini, grande interprete della letteratura cristiana, «Il Risveglio Popolare», 29 Marzo 2018, p. 16.

10 - La «digressione politica» di Convivio IV iv e la Politica di Aristotele, in Iura Monarchiae. Il pensiero politico di Dante tra Antichità, Medioevo ed Età moderna, a c. di M. Curnis, «Tenzone» 19 (2018), pp. 109-144.

11 - Demetrio Ducas y la edición de los Erotemata Chrysolorae (1514) entre Venecia y Alcalá de Henares, «ΠΗΓΗ/FONS. Revista de estudios sobre la civilización clásica y su recepción» III (2018), pp. 71-86.

 

Books and Monographs

1 - Aristotele, La politica, Direzione di L. Bertelli e M. Moggi. Libri V-VI, a c. di M. E. De Luna, C. Zizza e M. Curnis, «L’Erma» di Bretschneider, Roma 2015, pp. 700.

2 - Aristotle’s Practical Philosofy / La filosofía práctica de Aristóteles, ed. by M. Curnis = «ΠΗΓΗ/FONS. Revista de estudios sobre la civilización clásica y su recepción» I (2016), Instituto de Estudios Clásicos “Lucio Anneo Séneca”, Madrid 2016, pp. xiii + 178.

3 - F. L. Lisi, M. Curnis (eds.), The Harmony of Conflict. The Aristotelian Foundations of Politics (“Collegium Politicum. Contributions to Classical Political Thought” 8), Academia Verlag, Sankt Augustin 2017, pp. 252. ISBN 978-3-89665-709-1

4 - Iura Monarchiae. Il pensiero politico di Dante tra Antichità, Medioevo ed Età moderna, a c. di M. Curnis, Asociación Complutense de Dantología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid 2018 = «Tenzone» 19 (2018).

 

Chapters in Books

1 - Felice Figliucci interprete della Politica di Aristotele, in A. Havlíček, Ch. Horn, J. Jinek (eds.), Nous, Polis, Nomos. Festschrift Francisco L. Lisi (“Studies in Ancient Moral and Political Philosophy” 2), Academia Verlag, Sankt Augustin 2016. ISBN 978-3-89665-697-1

2 - Bibliography of Francisco Leonardo Lisi Bereterbide, in A. Havlicek, Ch. Horn, J. Jinek (eds.), Nous, Polis, Nomos. Festschrift Francisco L. Lisi (“Studies in Ancient Moral and Political Philosophy” 2), Academia Verlag, Sankt Augustin 2016, pp. 315-332. ISBN 978-3-89665-697-1

3 - F. L. Lisi, M. Curnis, Politics and social conflicts in Aristotle’s thought. Introduction, in F. L. Lisi, M. Curnis (eds.), The Harmony of Conflict. The Aristotelian Foundations of Politics (“Collegium Politicum. Contributions to Classical Political Thought” 8), Academia Verlag, Sankt Augustin 2017, pp. 9-14. ISBN 978-3-89665-709-1

4 - La rinascita del testo greco della Politica nel XV secolo: codici, copisti, committenti, in F. L. Lisi, M. Curnis (eds.), The Harmony of Conflict. The Aristotelian Foundations of Politics (“Collegium Politicum. Contributions to Classical Political Thought” 8), Academia Verlag, Sankt Augustin 2017, pp. 17-38. ISBN 978-3-89665-709-1

5 - «Stupendo carme d’epopea giuliva». Tommaso Valperga di Caluso e lo “scherzo epico” Masino, in Tommaso di Valperga Caluso e la cultura sabauda tra Sette e Ottocento, a c. di G. F. Gianotti, Il Mulino, Bologna 2017, pp. 177-224. ISBN 978-88-15-27103-7

6 - Filologia platonica del XX secolo (1). Tradizione indiretta, in Platone nel pensiero moderno e contemporaneo, X, a c. di A. Muni (“Esprit” 88), Limina Mentis, Villasanta 2017, pp. 1-22. ISBN 978-88-99433-67-3

7 - La rondine di Aristotele (EN I 7, 1098a 18 s.). Un celebre proverbio sulla felicità, in Ritorno ad Aristotele, a c. di A. A. Raschieri e S. Casarino (“Mnemata. Studi di letteratura, storia e civiltà tra ricerca e didattica” 4), Aracne, Roma 2017, pp. 49-89. ISBN 978-88-255-0830-7

8 - Spazio del «colloquium suavissimum», in Castello di Masino. Catalogo della Biblioteca dello Scalone, a c. di L. Levi Momigliano e L. Tos, IV (S-Z), Interlinea, Novara 2018, pp. 23-39.

9 - Novelli Endimioni e falsi Atteoni nella Diana schernita (Roma 1629), in Il mito di Diana nella cultura delle corti. Arte letteratura e musica, a c. di G. Bárberi Squarotti, A. Colturato, C. Goria (“Centro Studi delle Residenze Reali Sabaude. La civiltà delle corti” 2), Olschki, Firenze 2018, pp. 267-289.

10 - Studying Aristotle’s Politics in the 15th century. Summaries and anthologies in the Greek manuscripts, in S. Farrington (ed.), Enthousiasmós. For Eckart Schütrumpf, Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden 2019, pp. 147-174.

11 - Plutarch in Stobaeus, in K. Oikonomopoulou, S. Xenophontos (eds.), A Brill’s Companion to Plutarch, Brill, Leiden 2019, pp. 171-186 ISBN: 978-90-04-40944-6

 

Entries in Encyclopedias

1 - Scalero, Rosario, in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, XCI, Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana, Treccani, Roma 2018, pp. 240-243.

2 - Schiaffini, Alfredo, in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, XCI, Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana, Treccani, Roma 2018, pp. 420-423.

3 - Solera, Temistocle, in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, XCIII, Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana, Roma 2018, pp. 186-189.

 

Reviews

1 - Review of G. B. Conte, Dell’imitazione. Furto e originalità, Edizioni della Normale, Pisa 2014, in «L’Indice dei libri del mese», 1. Ottobre 2015 [on line].

2 - Review of Castello di Masino. Catalogo della Biblioteca dello Scalone, a c. di L. Levi Momigliano e L. Tos, I (A-C), Interlinea, Novara 2013, pp. 383 (+ XXXII di tavole fotografiche), «l’Escalina» IV 1 (2015), pp. 136-141.

3 - Review of Aristotele, Retorica. Introduzione, traduzione e commento di S. Gastaldi, Carocci, Roma 2014, «Pegé/Fons» I (2015), pp. 146-149.

4 - Review of Siriano, Discorsi di guerra, Introduzione, testo e traduzione a c. di I. Eramo, Dedalo, Bari 2010, «Pegé/Fons» I (2015), pp. 149-151.

5 - Review of G. F. Gianotti, La cena di Trimalchione. Dal Satyricon di Petronio, Bonanno Editore, Acireale-Roma 2013, «Pegé/Fons» I (2015), pp. 151-154.

6 - R. Venditti, Piccola guida alla grande musica, 1. Bach, Beethoven, Händel, Haydn, Mozart, Vivaldi, 4a edizione aggiornata e ampliata, Edizioni Sonda, Casale Monferrato (Alessandria) 2013, pp. 218, e di R. Venditti, Ascoltare l’assoluto. Musica classica e annuncio cristiano (“L’occhio dell’anima”), 3a edizione riveduta e ampliata, Effatà Editrice, Cantalupa (Torino) 2010, pp. 270, in «l’Escalina» V 1 (2016), pp. 169-173.

7 - D. Pasero, Ubach e adrèit. Altre Riflessioni poetiche piemontesi, Prefazione di H. Natta, puntoacapo (“Altre Lingue” III), Pasturana (Alessandria) 2016, pp. 161, in «l’Escalina» V 1 (2016), pp. 173-177.

8 - D. A. Lines ed E. Refini (eds.), «Aristotele fatto volgare». Tradizione aristotelica e cultura volgare nel Rinascimento (“Biblioteca dei volgarizzamenti. Studi e testi”), Edizioni ETS, Pisa 2014, pp. 358, in «Studia Aurea» 11 (2017), pp. 645-653.

9 - F. Giordano, Lo studio dell’antichità. Giorgio Pasquali e i filologi classici, Carocci (“Biblioteca di testi e studi” 880. “Lettere classiche”), Roma 2013, pp. 133, in «ΠΗΓΗ/FONS. Revista de estudios sobre la civilización clásica y su recepción» II (2017), pp. 209-212.

10 - L. Lanza, Ei autem qui de politia considerat … Aristotele nel pensiero politico medievale, (“Textes et études du Moyen Âge” 71), Fédération des Instituts d’Études Médiévales, Barcelona-Madrid 2013, pp. 305, in «ΠΗΓΗ/FONS. Revista de estudios sobre la civilización clásica y su recepción» II (2017), pp. 213-217.

11 - Review of S. Gastaldi, C. Zizza (eds.), Da Stagira a Roma. Prospettive aristoteliche tra storia e filosofia (“Studi e testi di storia antica” 24), Edizioni ETS, 2017, pp. 200, in «ΠΗΓΗ/FONS. Revista de estudios sobre la civilización clásica y su recepción» III (2018), pp. 156-160.

12 - Review of Sebastíán Fox Morcillo, De honore. Estudio y traducción de A. Espigares Pinilla, Ediciones Complutenses (“Serie Investigación”), Madrid 2017, in «ΠΗΓΗ/FONS. Revista de estudios sobre la civilización clásica y su recepción» III (2018), pp. 161-163.

 

Organization of lectures, conferences, seminars and other activities in the UC3M

1 - Seminar “Michael of Ephesus and Aristotle’s Politics”, at Instituto de Estudios Clásicos “Lucio Anneo Séneca” - Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (i. 24 IV 2015; ii. 8 V 2015; iii. 22 V 2015; iv. 5 VI 2015; v. 24 VI 2015).

2 - 19/05/2015: Conex Project presentation at ‘Club de los Profesores’, Getafe Campus of UC3M.

3 - 03/07/2015: Video interview about my Conex project, published by UC3M.

4 - 21/07/2015: “La ciencia moderna ha aprendido mucho del ingenio filosófico de Aristóteles”, interview about my Conex project, published in portal.uc3m.

5 -03/12/2015: Organization of the conference of I. Pérez Martín, La transmisión de la geografía antigua en Bizancio: textos y representaciones, at Instituto de Estudios Clásicos “Lucio Anneo Séneca”, Getafe Campus in UC3M.

6 - 25/01/2016: Ph. Hoffmann, Le kósmos dans l’ordre de la Procession: tradition platonico-aristotélicienne at Oracles Chaldaïques, Seminar organization (Getafe, Biblioteca de Humanidades).

7 - 18/03/2016: Séneca, Liber Aureus Lingua hispanica et latina editio (Áurea Clásicos, Madrid 2015), Book presentation together with the editors L. Rodríguez González and J. M. García González (Getafe,15.0.04).

8 - 19/10/2016: Greek Scribers between Italy and Spain, International Seminar Direction and organization (Getafe, 17.02.75).

9 - 17-18/11/2016: Utopia and Political Fiction in the Austrian Spain (Omníbona) (Director M. J. Vega Ramos), Conference organization (Getafe, 14.02.45).

10 - 29/03/2017, Prof. Riccardo Perona (Università del Piemonte Orientale - Italia), “«Nada desmesurado sin ruina». Antígona y el derecho”, Public Conference at the Seneca Institute of Classical Studies, UC3M.

11 - 8/05/2017, Prof.  Diego S. Garrocho Salcedo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), "La responsabilidad moral de las pasiones en Aristóteles", Public Conference at the Seneca Institute of Classical Studies, UC3M.

12 - 19/04/2018: Prof. Juan Manuel Blach Nougués (Universidad San Pablo CEU), Locuciones latinas y razonamiento jurídico. Una revisión a la luz del derecho romano y del derecho actual (Dykinson, Madrid 2017), Public book presentation at the Seneca Institute of Classical Studies, UC3M.

13 - 14/06/2018: Prof. David García Hernán (UC3M), Humanismo y sociedad del Renacimiento (Síntesis, Madrid 2017), Public book presentation at the Seneca Institute of Classical Studies, UC3M.

14 - 28/09/2018: Prof. Juan Antonio Roche Cárcel (Universidad de Alicante), Del monte de Apolo a la vid de Dioniso. Naturaleza, dioses y sociedad an la arquitectura teatral de la Grecia antigua (ANTHROPOS, Barcelona-Alicante 2017), Public book presentation at the Seneca Institute of Classical Studies, UC3M.

15 - 14/11/2018: Prof. José Luis Gonzalo Sánchez-Molero (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), “Después de un centenar: el Cardenal Cisneros en los estudios sobre el Humanismo español”, Public Conference at the Seneca Institute of Classical Studies, UC3M.

16 - 30/01/2019: Prof. Jorge Eugenio Mittelmann (Universidad de Los Andes, Santiago de Chile), “Naturaleza, auto-movimiento y dualismo psicológico. El caso de Alejandro de Afrodisia”, Public conference at the Seneca Institute of Classical Studies, UC3M.

17 - 19/03/2019: Prof. Álvaro Vallejo Campos (Universidad de Granada), Adonde nos lleve el Logos. Para leer la República de Platón (Trotta, Madrid 2018), Public book presentation at the Seneca Institute of Classical Studies, UC3M.

18 - Cicero’s De Legibus (Permanent Seminar of the Institute of Classical Studies “L. A. Séneca”: from 26/09/2018 to 10/06/2019: ten sessions coordinated by Michele Curnis and Ana Rodríguez González).

 

Organization of international workshop and conferences

1 - 29-30/09/2016: The Ancient Corpus Philosophicum. Problems in Delimitations and Constitution (Directors F. L. Lisi and M. Curnis), International Conference organization (Getafe, Aula 15.01.05).

2 - 20/10/2016: “Copistas griegos entre Italia y España”. Director: Michele Curnis, International Workshop at the Seneca Institute of Classical Studies, UC3M.

3 - 11/10/2017, “Iura Monarchiae. El pensamiento político de Dante entre Antigüedad y Edad Media”. Director: Michele Curnis, International Workshop at the Seneca Institute of Classical Studies, UC3M.

4 - 20/10/2017, “La cultura Sabauda tra Sette e Ottocento”. Director: Michele Curnis, International Workshop at High Classical School “Carlo Botta”, Ivrea (Turin - Italy).

5 - 24-25/10/2018: “Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle: Tradition and Critical Text”. Director: M. Curnis, International Congress at the Seneca Institute of Classical Studies, UC3M.

 

Participation in International Conferences

1 - 4-5-6/05/2016: The history of a famous fall: the ‘Bellerophon’ of Euripides. Lecture in the Congress “La caída: gesto y abismo”, organized by UAM-UC3M Madrid.

2 - 30-31/05/2016: The Scholiastic Tradition in Aristotelian Politics Books V-VI. Lecture in the Congress “From Stagira to Paris: Aristotelian Perspectives between Antiquity and Middle Age”, Pavia, Collegio Ghislieri - Università di Pavia.

3 - 29-30/09/2016: How to present the critical text of Galenus’ De doctrina docendi? Lecture in the Congress “The Ancient Corpus Philosophicum. Problems in Delimitations and Constitution” UC3M, Getafe.

4 - 6-7-8/10/2016: Francesco Robortello and the exegesis of Aristotle’s Politics. Lecture in the International Congress “Francesco Robortello and his philological work”, Rennes, Université Rennes.

5 - 19/10/2016: Demetrio Ducas y la edición de los Erotemata Chrysolorae (1514) entre Venecia y Alcalá de Henares. Lecture in the International Seminar “Greek Scribers between Italy and Spain” UC3M, Madrid.

6 - 25/05/2017: Dante as reader of the Aristotelian Politics? Lecture in the International Congress on Dante, organized by the University of Bologna, Ravenna.

7 - 11/10/2017: The Digression of Convivio Lecture in the Congress “IURA MONARCHIAE. Dante’s Political Thought between Antiquity, Middle and Modern Ages”, Madrid, UC3M, Séneca Institute of Classical Studies.

8 - 12/05/2018: “Imitanda Carthago”. Un modelo político entre Aristóteles y Teodoro Metoquita. La historia al servicio de la filosofía. Experimentos de ciudades ideales y sus influencias en la tradición filosófica / L’histoire au service de la philosophie. Espérimentations de cités idéales et leurs échos dans la tradition philosophique. Congreso internacional, Casa de Velázquez - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

9 - 22/05/2018: From Stobaeus to Byzantine Manuscripts: Anthological Selections and Indirect Tradition of Plato’s Theaetetus. III International Plato’s Spring Conference: the Theaetetus. Universidad Camplutense de Madrid - UC3M, Madrid.

10 -24-25/10/ 2018: Paraphrasis, Definitions and indirect tradition of the Nicomachean Ethics. Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle: Tradition and Critical Text. Instituto de Estudios Clásicos “Lucio Anneo Séneca” - UC3M, Madrid.

 

Public lectures

1 - Organization and participation to the workshop “The Castle of Masino and the Library of Valperga’s Family”, Ivrea - Turin, Italy (13 III 2015).

2 - Lecture, The swallow of Aristotle: history of a very famous proverb, at the meeting Back to Aristotle. Modern vitality of his thought, Mondovì - Turin, Italy (20 X 2015).

3 - Book presentation of A. Nicolotti, Sindone. Storia e leggende di una reliquia controversa, Einaudi, Torino 2015, at Chiaverano - Turin, Italy (28 XI 2015).

4 -The History of the Aristotelian Library (Ivrea - Italy, Mondadori Store). (03 XII 2016).

5 -Philology and manuscripts of the Classical Literature, class for the students of La Senda High School (Getafe), in the “Science Fair 2019. An exhibit on discovery, evolution and innovation” (VIII Semana de la Ciencia). (04 II 2019).

6 - Lectio magistralis “El entendimiento es sólo crítico”. Etimología y fortuna de la crítica en el mundo griego, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Master en Crítica y argumentación filosófica. (26 II 2019).