Dr. Nicola Zito


Personal information

Year of birth:                          1982

Nationality:                            Italian



Membre associé UMR 8167 – Orient et Méditerranée – Médecine grecque et littérature technique (Paris).


Professional experience

2013 - 2021: Minsitère de l’Éducation Nationale, France

Teacher of French Literature, Latin and Greek in French High School


2018 - 2021: Université Paris-Nanterre, Paris, France

Lecturer of Latin, Greek, Greco-Roman Literature and Rhetoric


2020: Sorbonne Université, Paris, France

Lecturer of Ancient Greek



2016: Agrégation in Classics

The “Agrégation” is a French highly competitive national-based examination, which enables the candidate to teach in secondary schools (age 11 to 18) and universities. Students who plan to have a career in academia are advised and expected to pass this examination. An “Agrégation” in Classics testifies to one’s ability to teach French Literature and Language, but also Latin and Ancient Greek.

2012: Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France

Doctoral Seminar: “Littératures techniques et tradition des textes scientifiques de l’Antiquité gréco-romaine”

This seminar combines the study of texts and the history of scholarly traditions, with a particular interest in ongoing editing and commentary projects. For the 2012 sessions, it offered a set of courses on the tradition of Alexandrian geography.

2009 - 2012: Université Paris-Nanterre, Paris, France - Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy

Joint PhD in Classics, with Honors

2010 - 2011: École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, France

I have audited and observed Paleography, Papyrology and Neoplatonic Philosophy courses

2004 - 2008: Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy

Master’s degree in Classics, with Honors

2005 - 2006: Université Paris IV-Sorbonne, Paris, France

Student (Erasmus exchange program)

2001 - 2004: Università degli Studi di Macerata, Macerata, Italy

Bachelor’s degree in Classics, with Honors

1997 - 2001: Liceo-Ginnasio di Stato Carlo Rinaldini, Ancona, Italy

High School Diploma in Classics, Grade 96/100



a) Book

 Maxime, Des Initiatives, Texte établi, traduit et annoté par Nicola Zito, Paris, Les Belles Lettres, Collection des Universités de France, 2016 – XCVI + 204 partially double pages.

This book is a revised and expanded version of the Masters’s degree and PhD dissertations. It includes a general introduction which presents Maximus, his time, the sources about him and his work, his poetic technique, and a discussion of how his poem should be placed in the more general discourse of astrological poetry. This introduction is followed by a brief history of handwritten transmission, translations and editions. The reader then finds the Greek text, its translations, abundant commentary notes and three indexes.


b) Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals

“Etymologies and Puns in Maximus’ Περὶ Καταρχῶν”, Incontri di filologia classica 19 (2019-2020), p. 249-256.

“Τὸ λεληθὸς σκοπεῖν καὶ διερευνᾶσθαι: l’Empereur Julien et le Lapidaire orphique”, Revue des Études grecques, 130 (2017), p. 701-721.

“Le catalogue des femmes vertueuses dans le Perì Katarchôn de Maxime (v. 90-93)”, Revue des Études tardo-antiques 4 (2014-2015), p. 115-122.

“Massimo di Efeso e i Lithica orfici”, Rivista di Filologia e Istruzione Classica 140 (2012), p. 134-166.

“Sull’autore del poemetto Perì Katarchôn attribuito a Massimo di Efeso”, Eikasmós 23 (2012), p. 259-276.

c) Publications in peer-reviewed conference proceedings and collective volumes

“Medicina e mirabilia nella letteratura neoplatonica”, in La conoscenza scientifica nell’Alto Medioevo, Spoleto, Fondazione Centro italiano di studi sull’alto Medioevo, 2020, p. 143-170.

“Guérir par les astres, guérir par les pierres. L’exemple du Περὶ Καταρχῶν de Maxime et des Λιθικά orphiques”, in T. Martì Casado and M. Savva (eds.), Le Traitement. De la notion physique à ses représentations métaphoriques dans l’Antiquité gréco-romaine classique et tardive, Paris, UMR 8167 “Orient et Méditerranée”, 2019, p. 101-120.

“Astrologia, mitologia e filologia nel Perì Katarchôn di Massimo”, in F. Guidetti (ed.), Poesia delle stelle tra antichità e medioevo, Pisa, Edizioni della Scuola Normale Superiore, 2017, p. 375-385.

“Per una rilettura del “secondo prologo” dei Lithica orfici”, in D. Lauritzen and M. Tardieu (eds.), Le voyage des légendes. Hommages à Pierre Chuvin, Paris, Éditions du CNRS, 2013, p. 161-173.

“Due note al testo del Perì Katarchôn di Massimo”, in D. Gigli Piccardi and E. Magnelli (eds.), Studi di poesia greca tardoantica, Florence, Firenze University Press, 2013, p. 29-36.

“Platonismo e astrologia a Bisanzio nel IX secolo: il caso del Perì Katarchôn di Massimo”, in H. Seng (ed.), Platonismus und Esoterik in byzantinischem Mittelalter und italienischer Renaissance, Heidelberg, Winter, 2013, p. 9-28.

d) Book reviews and bibliographies

“Les études nonniennes en Italie (1976-2014)”, Revue des Études tardo-antiques 3 (2013-2014), p. 315-318.

Th. D. Barnes and G. Bevan, The Funerary Speech for John Chrysostom, Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, 2013, Medioevo Greco 15 (2015), p. 427-428.

B. Caseau (ed.), Les réseaux familiaux. Antiquité tardive et Moyen-Âge, Paris, ACHCByz, 2012, Medioevo Greco 14 (2014), p. 491-492.

I. Boehm and W. Hübner (eds.), La poésie astrologique dans l’Antiquité, Paris, De Boccard, 2011, Revue des Études grecques 126/2 (2013), p. 673-676.

P. Brown and R. Lizzi Testa (eds.), Pagans and Christians in the Roman Empire: The Breaking of a Dialogue (IVth – VIth Century A.D.), Vienne-Zurich-Berlin, Lit, 2011, Medioevo Greco 13 (2013), p. 472-475.


Conference committees

Organizer, with Dr. Lucia Maddalena Tissi, of the Doctoral Workshop “La poesia greca tardo-antica”, Università di Firenze, October 4, 2012.


Prizes and Awards

2017: Sournia Prize of the “Société française d’Histoire de la Médecine”. 

Prize intended to reward, every two years, original research work in the field of the history of medical sciences, written in French and by a foreign international researcher under the age of 40. The winner receives the Société’s silver medal. I was awarded this prize for my contribution to the study of astrological medicine in my annotated edition of Maximus’ poem Perì Katarchôn.