Adrian Pirtea

Picture of Adrian Pirtea

© Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Victoria Mummelthei

As part of the RevIdEM project, historian Adrian Pirtea investigates the historic development of Syriac, Armenian and Copto-Arabic monasticism in the eastern Mediterranean in the period from the Byzantine reconquest of northern Syria to the Fatimid conquest of Egypt (969) and the end of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia. Using innovative methods from the fields of memory studies, graphology and digital humanities, this project will investigate hundreds of scripts from this period dedicated to the lives and teachings of ‘Desert Fathers’ in their historic context.