Silvia Ronchey is a professor of Byzantine Civilisation and teaches Classical Philology and Byzantine Civilisation at Roma Tre University in Rome. She is an internationally renowned expert of the Byzantine world, author of essays, translations and widely distributed publications, among which: L'aristocrazia bizantina (with Alexander Kazhdan, Sellerio, 1998); Lo Stato bizantino (Einaudi, 2002); L'enigma di Piero (Rizzoli, 2006); Il guscio della tartaruga (Nottetempo, 2009); Il romanzo di Costantinopoli (with Tommaso Braccini, Einaudi, 2010); Ipazia. La vera storia (Rizzoli, 2010); Storia di Barlaam e Ioasaf. La vita bizantina del Buddha (Einaudi, 2012); and the critical edition of Eustathius of Thessalonica’s commentary on the Iambic Canon for Pentecost (De Gruyter, 2014). She writes for the newspaper la Repubblica and has interviewed renowned observers of the 20th century, such as Claude Lévi-Strauss and James Hillman. Her encounters with the latter led to a long-standing collaboration and subsequent books about their conservations, L'anima del mondo and Il piacere di pensare (Rizzoli).

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