The Hungarian Association for Hagiographical Studies

and the

Croatian Hagiography Society Hagiotheca


the 6th International Hagiotheca Conference







Rome, 4-6 October 2017


 Accademia d’Ungheria in Roma

Palazzo Falconieri, Via Giulia 1

October 4, Wednesday

12:45-2:30 pm

Visit to the Pagan Cemetery under the Basilica of San Pietro

(optional, early registration required)

3:00-6:00 pm registration


Pagans and Christians in the Late Roman Empire: New Evidence, New Approaches (4th-8thcenturies). Edited by Marianne Sághy – Edward M. Schoolman. Budapest: CEU Press, 2017.

Presented by Rita Lizzi Testa (University of Perugia) and Trpimir Vedriš (University of Zagreb, Hagiotheca)

Les saints face aux barbares au haut Moyen Age. Réalités et légendes. Edited by Edina Bozoky. Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2017.

Presented by Hugh Doherty (University of East Anglia)

6:00 pm coffee break

6:30 pm Opening of the conference

H. E. Eduard Habsburg-Lothringen, ambassador of Hungary at the Holy See

H. E. Damir Grubiša, ambassador of Croatia

Márk Aurél Érszegi, first secretary of the Embassy of Hungary at the Holy See

István Puskás, director of the Hungarian Academy of Rome

Gábor Klaniczay, Ana Marinković, Marianne Sághy, Trpimir Vedriš

7:00 pm Keynote Lecture

Alessandra Bartolomei Romagnoli (Pontifical Gregorian University)

La città delle reliquie. La reinvenzione del mito di Roma nello specchio delle fonti letterarie del Medio Evo

chaired by Gábor Klaniczay (Central European University, Budapest)

8:30 pm Reception


October 5 Thursday

First Morning session (9:00-10:30 am)

Patrons of Rome

Agnese Pergola (Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology, Rome)

The Promotion of Saints’ Cults through Images in the Roman Catacombs: Private and Ecclesiastical Commissions

Samuel Cohen (Sonoma State University)

Relics and Reconciliation: The Papacy, the Cult of Saints, and the Creation of Sacred Space in Late Antique Rome

András Handl (University of Leuven)
Calixtus martyr et episcopus Romae: (Re)Invention and Afterlife of a Forgotten Saint

Coffee break (10:30-11:00 am)

Second Morning session (11:00– 12:30 pm)

Text and Devotion

Anna Lampadaridi (Labex Resmed IRHT, Paris)

Translating the Passions of Roman Martyrs from Latin into Greek

Dávid Falvay (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)

Saint Cecilia: a Roman Martyr in 13-14th Century Popular Devotional Literature

Mathilde van Dijk (University of Groningen)

Saint Lawrence and Reform in the Low Countries

Lunch break

(12:30-2:00 pm)

Poster presentations and discussion (2:00-3:30 pm)

David Franz Hobelleitner (University of Graz)

Saint Clement of Rome – A Saint and His City?

Ines Ivić (Central European University, Budapest)

Jerome as a Roman Saint: The Translation of His Relics and the Construction of His Cult in Santa Maria Maggiore

Iliana Kandzha (Central European University, Budapest)

Appropriating Saint Lawrence in the Imperial Hagiography and Iconography of Saint Henry II

Eszter Konrád (Central European University, Budapest)

The Bride of Christ Goes to the Urbs: Saint Catherine of Siena and Rome in Late Medieval Hungarian Codices

Lilla Mátyók-Engel (Humboldt University, Berlin)

Sienese Success in Rome. A Procession Crucifixus and a Relic Box as Agents in the Recognition of the Stigmatization of Saint Catherine of Siena

Nina Niedermeier (Ludwig-Maximilians University, München)

Localizing Miracles: Local Spanish Cults and Ignatius of Loyola’s Career as «santo di Roma»

Lena Terlisten (Philipps University, Marburg)

Roman Catacomb saints in Milan

Dorottya Uhrin (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)

Italian Impacts in the Cult of Saint Barbara in Hungary?

Coffee break (3:30-4:00 pm) 

Afternoon session (4:00-6:00 pm)

Roman Saints Abroad: Early Medieval I

Marianne Sághy (Central European University and Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)

The Cult of Saint Peter and Paul from Pannonia to Hungary

Edward M. Schoolman (University of Nevada, Reno)

Translating Saints from Rome to Romagna: Building Medieval Ravenna’s Hagiographic Landscape

Edina Bozóky (University of Poitiers)

The Relationship of Local Apostolic Saints with Saint Peter and Saint Clement

Hugh Doherty (University of East Anglia)

The Saints of Rome in Anglo-Norman England

Coffee break (6:00-6:30 pm)

6:30 pm: Keynote Lecture

Roberto Rusconi(AISSCA)

«Romanus pontifex indubitanter efficitur sanctus»: Between (Supposed) Martyrdom and (Failed) Canonization Process

chaired by Francesco Scorza Barcellona (University of Rome “Tor Vergata” – AISSCA)

October 6 Friday

First Morning session (9:00-10:30 am)

Roman Saints Abroad: Early Medieval II

Eric Devos (Archive and the heritage council, Ronse)

Tracing the Itinerary of Saint Hermes: Iconography as an Indicator of the Whereabouts of a Roman Martyr

Diana Atanassova (University of Sofia “Saint Clement of Ohrid”)

The Cult of Saint Clement of Rome in Medieval Bulgaria

Ana Marinković – Trpimir Vedriš (University of Zagreb, Hagiotheca)

Missing Link: The Roman Layer of Early Medieval East-Adriatic sanctorale

Coffee break (10:30-11:00 am)

Second Morning session (11:00am –1:00pm)

Roman Saints in Central Europe

Béla Zsolt Szakács (Pázmány Péter Catholic University and CEU, Budapest)

Roman Saints in the Hungarian Angevin Court

Dobrosława Horzela (Pontifical University of John Paul II, Cracow)

Between Heresy and Sanctity: Visual Strategies in the Representation of the Life of Saint Alexis

Josipa Alviž (University of Zagreb)

Saint Felix of Cantalice: the “Saint of the Roman Streets“ in Central Europe

Marek Walczak (Jagiellonian University, Institute of Art History)

Between the Eternal City and Cracow. Roman Aspects of the Cult of Saint Hyacinth of Poland OP (d. 1257)

Lunch break (1:00-2:30 pm)

Afternoon session (2:30-3:30pm)

Foreign Saints and Miracles in Rome

Maria H. Oen (Stockholm University)

Rome and the Sanctity of Brigitta

Jenni Kuuliala (University of Tampere)

Community and Veneration in Late Medieval and Early Modern Roman Miracles

Coffee break (3:30-4:00 pm)

Second Afternoon session (4:00 pm- 6 pm)

Roman Saints in the Early Modern World

Jasenka Gudelj (University of Zagreb)

Slavic Apostles Go to Rome: The Romanization of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius in the Church of San Girolamo degli Schiavoni

Isabel Ruiz Garnelo (University of Valencia)

Roman Saints in Valencia? About the Spiritual Legacy of the Borja Family

Nicolette S. Trahoulia (Deree College, The American College of Greece)

Catherine of Siena in Viceregal Latin American Art


Presentation of the conference project Saints And Sanctity in the Ibero-American Baroque” (September 2018, Rome) by Fernando Quiles, Paolo Broggio, Jaime García Bernal

Coffee break (6pm-6:00 pm)

6:30 pm: Concluding Remarks by Gábor Klaniczay

 “Catholic Sanctity and Roman Universalism”