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Dr Madalina Toca
MA, MA, PhD
RSE Saltire Early Career Fellow
I hold a BA in Classical Philology from UBB, Cluj-Napoca (2009), an MA in Medieval Studies from the Central European University in Budapest (2011), and a Research MA in Religious Studies from KU Leuven (2013), where I also earned my PhD in June 2021. During this time, my interest in manuscript studies developed all the more as I was able to undertake extensive research over the last five years in manuscript repositories such as the Vatican (BAV), Vienna (ÖNB), Paris (BnF, IRHT), London (BL), Oxford (Weston), the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library and Dumbarton Oaks, a type of work I continue to find immensely intriguing.
For my first postdoc, I have been fortunate enough to join the Classics Department in Edinburgh this January, having been awarded a Saltire Early Career Research Fellowship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2022). At the end of the year, I will move to the University of Vienna, where I won a Lise Meitner fellowship from the FWF (2022-24).
I recently co-edited for Brill the volume Caught in Translation: Studies on Versions of Late-Antique Christian Literature (Texts and Studies in Eastern Christianity 17, 2020), and I am currently preparing my first book for publication.
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Near East
- Ancient Civilisations
- Language & Literature
Late Antiquity, Early Byzantine Studies, Manuscript Studies, Epistolography
M. Toca and D. Batovici, eds., Caught in Translation: Studies on Versions of Late-Antique Christian Literature; TSEC 17 (Leiden: Brill, 2020).
M. Toca, “The Father-Son Relationship in the Eighth Sibylline Oracle,” Annali di Storia dell'Esegesi 35.1 (2018): 99-107.
M. Toca, “The Greek Manuscript Reception of Isidore of Pelusium’s Epistolary Corpus,” Biblische Notizen 175 (2017): 133-143.
M. Toca and J. Leemans, “Philo of Alexandria in Isidore of Pelusium,” in The Reception of Philo of Alexandria, ed. by Courtney Friesen, David Lincicum, and David Runia (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022), accepted by the editors.
M. Toca, “The Reception of Isidore of Pelusium in Its Ancient Versions: Latin as a Case Study,” in Caught in Translation: Studies on Versions of Late-Antique Christian Literature, ed. by M. Toca and D. Batovici; TSEC 17 (Leiden: Brill, 2020), 138-59.
M. Toca and J. Leemans, “The Authority of a ‘Quasi-Bishop:’ Patronage and Networks in the Letters of Isidore of Pelusium,” in Episcopal Networks in Late Antiquity, ed. by P. Gemeinhardt and C. Cvetkovic; AKG 137 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018), 83-100.
M. Toca, “Isidore of Pelusium’s Letters to Didymus the Blind,” in Studia Patristica 96: Papers presented at the Seventeenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2015, ed. by Markus Vinzent (Leuven: Peeters, 2017), 325-332.
M. Toca, “The Greek Patristic Reception of the Sibylline Oracles,” in Authoritative Texts and Reception History: Aspects and Approaches, ed. by D. Batovici and K. De Troyer; BINS 151 (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 260-277.
M. Toca, Review of S. Berkmüller, Schriftauslegung und Bildgebrauch bei Isidor von Pelusium (Arbeiten zur Kirchengeschichte 14, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020), The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 73.3 (2022) (forthcoming).
M. Toca, Review of P. Évieux and N. Vinel, Isidore de Péluse. Lettres III. 1701-2000 (Sources chrétiennes 586; Paris: Cerf, 2017), Reviews in Biblical and Early Christian Studies, here.
M. Toca, Review of Patristic Studies in the Twenty-First Century. Proceedings of an International Conference to Mark the 50thAnniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies, ed. by B. Bitton-Ashkelony, T. de Bruyn, C. Harrison (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015), Augustiniana 1-4 (2016): 247-252.