In the Name of the Rose

Workshop, Roma/online

30.09.2021 H14:30
01.10.2021 H09:00
Entrance: via Liguria 20
Registration required


30.09.2021 H14:30
01.10.2021 H09:00
Entrance: via Liguria 20
Registration required

The event will be held in Italian and English. 
To attend in person on the 30.09.2021, register here.
To attend in person on the 01.10.2021, register here.
To follow the conference via zoom, register here.

Istituto Svizzero is pleased to present In the Name of the Rose: Searching for Unknown, Lost, and Forgotten Ancient Texts, an international workshop in Classics organized in collaboration with Renate Burri from the Center for Global Studies of the University of Bern.

Can research aimed at recovering new ancient texts still be successful today? The exploratory and experimental project In the Name of the Rose: in search of unknown, lost and forgotten ancient texts seeks to answer this question. The workshop will present the results of the project in the international context of other research and discoveries of new ancient texts.

With the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

In accordance with current regulations, the public is required to present a Covid Green Certificate at the entrance in order to access the event. This includes one of the following:

  • • You have received the anti-COVID-19 vaccination, with proof that you have received the first dose of vaccine at least 15 days previously or that you have completed the vaccination cycle;
  • • Recovery from COVID-19 within 6 months prior to the date of the event;
  • • Present a rapid antigenic or molecular test with a negative result within 48 hours prior to admission.


Thursday 30.09.2021  

H14:30-14:45 – Maria Böhmer (Istituto Svizzero) & Renate Burri (University of Bern), Welcome address and introduction

Search Operations
Chair: András Németh (Vatican Apostolic Library)

H14:45-15:30 – Giulia Rossetto (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna), The Sinai Palimpsests Project: Searching for Unseen Texts in a Large Collection

H15:30-16:15 – Renate Burri (University of Bern), In the Name of the Rose: Searching for Unknown, Lost, and Forgotten Greek Manuscripts and Texts 

H16:15-16:45 – Coffee break

Chair: Michele Bandini (University of Basilicata, Potenza)

H16:45-17:45 – Thomas Schmidt, Solmeng-Jonas Hirschi (University of Fribourg/CH), Greetings from Egypt: Unpublished Papyri from the Bible+Orient Museum at Fribourg University

 H17:45-18:45 – Raffaella Cantore (University of Ferrara), Chiara Telesca (University of Innsbruck), Testi sconosciuti nel codice Laurenziano Pluteo 58.24


Friday 01.10.2021  

Discoveries (continued)
Chair: Michele Bandini (University of Basilicata, Potenza)

H09:00-09:45 – Sergio Brillante (University of San Marino), Umanesimo contemporaneo. Ricerca e scoperta di nuovi testi greci fra XX e XXI secolo

Unknown Texts in Large Holdings
Chair: Francesco D’Aiuto (University of Rome Tor Vergata)

H09:45-10:30 – Timothy Janz (Vatican Apostolic Library), Findings in the Vatican Library

H10:30-11:15 – Christian Förstel (National Library of France, Paris), Greek Palimpsests in the Bibliothèque nationale de France: Past, Present and Future of an Old Collection

H11:15-11:45 – Coffee break

New Methods of Finding New Texts
Chair: Marilena Maniaci (University of Cassino and Lazio Meridionale)

H11:45-12:45 – Tobias Hodel (University of Bern), Isabelle Marthot-Santaniello (University of Basel), Papyri, Handwritten Text Recognition, and Text Processing: Approaches to a Digital Palaeography

H12:45-13:30 – Kilian Fleischer (University of Würzburg), Out of the Ashes – the Herculean Task of Rereading and Unrolling the Herculaneum Papyri with New Techniques 

H13:30-14:00 – Final Discussion


Please find here the abstracts of the presentations.