Victor Ghica

Professor

Church History

Special fields:

  • Late antique Christian archaeology
  • Material culture of 4th century Christianity
  • Coptic papyrology and epigraphy
  • Christianity in the Western and Eastern Deserts of Egypt
  • Early Christian and Gnostic texts
  • Copto-Arabic literature
  • Syriac literature
  • Ancient North Arabian Epigraphy
Phone: 22590577
Office: 478E

Presentation

I joined the MF University as Professor of Antiquity and Early Christian Studies in 2015, prior to which I held a tenured lectureship at the Department of Ancient History of Macquarie University, in Sydney. Early career research and teaching appointments included positions at the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology, in Cairo, and Université Laval, in Quebec City.

My research interests and teaching activity span several ancillary fields relating to Late Antiquity and Early Christianity, from archaeology (particularly Egypt and Dalmatia), to languages (mainly Coptic, Old Egyptian, Arabic, Syriac, Ancient North Arabian), epigraphy, papyrology, religious transformations, etc. Over the last fifteen years, I have carried out a large-scale archaeological study on the development of Christianity in the Western and Eastern Deserts of Egypt, which translated into several multi-annual research projects that I have been leading on behalf of the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology. Since 2014, I direct also the excavation and post-excavation operations at Bribir, in Croatia.

Publications

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Newest scientific publications

  • Ghica, V., Milosevic, A., Uroda, N. & Dzino, D. (2017). Varvaria / Breberium / Bribir archaeological project. The 2015 excavation season. Hortus Artium Medievalium. Journal of the International Research Center for Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, 23(2), s. 776 - 796. ISSN: 1330-7274
  • Ghica, V. (2017). Les Actes de Pierre et des douze Apotres (NH VI,1). Peeters Publishers. ISBN: 978-90-429-3268-5
  • Ghica, V. (2016). Two Newcomers in the B5 Family : the Naqlun Kalandologia. Coptic Society, Literature and Religion from Late Antiquity to Modern Times: Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies, Rome, September 17th-22nd, 2012, and Plenary Reports of the Ninth International Congress of Coptic Studies, Cairo, September 15th-19th, 2008, s. 1339 - 1348. Peeters Publishers. ISBN: 978-90-429-3273-9
  • Ghica, V., Milosevic, A., Uroda, N. & Dzino, D. (2016). Arheološki projekt Varvaria / Breberium / Bribir u 2015. godini = Varvaria / Breberium / Bribir Archaeological Project. The 2015 Excavation Season. Starohrvatska prosvjeta, 3(43), s. 9 - 47. ISSN: 0351-4536
  • Ghica, V. & ST Demiana, A. (2016). "His Toil was not in Vain" : Two Unpublished Coptic Fragments of the Encomium on Athanasius Attributed to Cyril of Alexandria (IFAO inv. 79-80). Coptic Society, Literature and Religion from Late Antiquity to Modern Times: Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies, Rome, September 17th-22nd, 2012, and Plenary Reports of the Ninth International Congress of Coptic Studies, Cairo, September 15th-19th, 2008, s. 953 - 968. Peeters Publishers. ISBN: 978-90-429-3273-9

Education and professional practice

1992 - 1996B.Th.Hons., Universitatea Bucure?ti
1996 - 2002Licentiate in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Pontificium Institutum Biblicum (Rome)
1997 - 1999B.A. in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Pontificium Institutum Studiorum Arabicorum et Islamisticae (Rome)
1998Certificate of Literary Arabic, Université "La Sorbonne nouvelle" (Paris III), Institut d'études arabes et islamiques
1999Diploma of Literary Arabic, Université "La Sorbonne nouvelle" (Paris III), Institut d'études arabes et islamiques
1999 - 2000M.A. in Religious Sciences, École pratique des hautes études, Section des sciences religieuses (Paris)
2000 - 2006Doctorate in Religious Sciences, École pratique des hautes études, Section des sciences religieuses (Paris)
2000 - 2006Ph.D. in Theology, Université Laval (Québec)
2000 - 2003Editor, Institut français d'archéologie orientale (Cairo)
2003 - 2005Research and teaching assistant, Université Laval (Québec)
2005 - 2009Post-doctoral research fellow, Institut français d’archéologie orientale (Cairo)
2009 - 2010Associate lecturer, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University (Sydney)
2011 - 2014Lecturer, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University (Sydney)
2015 - presentProfessor of Antiquity and Early Christian Studies, Det teologiske Menighetsfakultet
2015 - presentPh.D. supervisor, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University (Sydney)

Positions

2005 - presentDirector of the research programme "Le christianisme des déserts égyptiens" (Institut français d'archéologie orientale)
2009 - presentDirector of the archaeological excavations of Tell Ganub Qa?r al-?Aguz (Bahriyya Oasis, Egypt)
2011 - presentMember of the editorial board of the series Texts and Studies in Eastern Christianity (Brill)
2012 - 2014Coordinator of the programmes in Coptic Studies (MA, GradCert, PhD), Macquarie University (Sydney)
2014 - presentField director of the archaeological excavations of Bribirska glavica (Croatia)
2014Coordinator of the MA programme in Ancient History, Macquarie University (Sydney)
2016 - presentCoordinator of the MPhil programme in History of Religions, Det teologiske Menighetsfakultet