Dr. Sara Scarpellini’s main expertise is in Armenian philology and manuscript studies
(particularly Synaxaries, Homiliaries, Lectionaries, and Collections).
Her research interests include - but are not limited to – Ancient and Medieval Armenian literature with a focus on Armenian Christian literature (both canonical and apocryphal) and hagiography; as well as Greek-Armenian cultural and linguistic relations.
She obtained her B.A. and M.A. in Classics from the Catholic University of Milan (B.A. 2011, M.A. 2013) and was awarded her Ph.D. in Langue et littératures arméniennes from the University of Geneva (December 2022) with a thesis on the Armenian translation of a Greek apocryphal text, the Acts of Peter and Paul by Pseudo-Marcellus.
She taught Ancient and Modern Armenian (both the Eastern and Western varieties) at the University of Geneva (February 2018- February 2023).
She is a member of the Association pour l’Étude de la Littérature Apocryphe Chrétienne (AELAC) and the Association Internationale des Études Arméniennes (AIEA).
She is currently working on her first monograph:
“La versione armena degli Atti di Pietro e Paolo dello Pseudo-Marcello: edizione critica, traduzione italiana annotata, analisi comparata del testo armeno e dell’originale greco” (tbp with the Corpus Christianorum – Series Apocryphorum).
Within the project HAI Mobility Dr. Scarpellini will explore hagiographies and cult of saints between the Armenian communities of the ‘Diaspora’ and in historical Armenia, revealing the dynamic relationship between various geographical and cultural areas of Eurasia.