Cristian-Nicolae Gaşpar

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Vienna, Quellenstrasse 51
+ 43 1 25230 2093

Classicist, linguist, medievalist. BA in Classics (Faculty of Letters, University of Timișoara, 1997), MA & PhD in Medieval Studies (Central European University, Budapest, 1998 & 2006). Author of various studies and articles on topics such as early medieval hagiography in Central Europe, late antique hagiography and intellectual history, history of sexualities, language and heritage, toponomastics and medieval documents from Banat. Author of several annotated translations from Ancient Greek and Medieval Latin into English and Romanian. Currently working on a monograph about the emergence of regional varieties of Romanian in Banat during the Later Middle Ages and preparing the first synoptic critical edition of the 17th-century Old Romanian translation of the Calvinist versified Psalter (Psalterium Banaticum).

ORCID: 0009-0006-7322-1789


Junior Fellow at the Collegium Budapest, Institute of Advanced Studies, financed by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung (May-July 2010).

Early Stage Research Fellow at the Istituto di Studi Avanzati, University of Bologna (January–July 2009) with the project “Uprooting the Tree of Desire: Male Homoeroticism and its Problematization in the Monastic Milieus of Late Antique Gaza.”

Research Fellow at the New Europe College, Bucharest (2002/3) with the project “How to Love Thy Neighbour: Late Antique Monastic Problematisation of Homoerotic Behaviour.”

Since 2007, Senior Fellow at the Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (formerly Center of Hellenic Studies), Central European University, Budapest.

Participation in International Research Projects:

Member of the research team for the project “Our Mythical Childhood... Classics and Children's Literature Between East and West,” coordinated by Katarzyna Marciniak and Elżbieta Olechowska and organized by the Center for the Studies on the Classical Tradition (OBTA), Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies “Artes Liberales” (Warsaw) and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation.

Researcher for the ESF-OTKA Research Project "Communicating Sainthood-Constituting Regions and Nations in Central-Eastern Europe: Tenth to Sixteenth Centuries" coordinated by Gábor Klaniczay (2010-2013).

Member of the Focus Group “Gnôthi seauton! Classics and Communism; The History of Studies on Antiquity in the Context of the Local Classical Tradition, Socialist Countries 1944/5-1989/90,” convened by Jerzy Axer and György Karsai, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (Warsaw) and Collegium Budapest (2009-10).


Annotated English translations of the Latin Vitae of King Saint Stephen [BHL 7918, 7920, 7921 (with Nóra Berend)], Duke Saint Emeric [BHL 2528], Saint Gerard of Csanád / Morisena [BHL 3426], Saint Procopius of Sázava [BHL 6952g], Saint Ladislaus King of Hungary [BHL 4671], and Saint Stanislaus, Bishop of Cracow [BHL 7832]. In The Sanctity of the Leaders: Holy Kings, Princes, Bishops, and Abbots from Central Europe (Eleventh to Thirteenth Centuries). Ed. G. Klaniczay and I. Csepregi, trans. C. Gașpar, M. Miladinov [Schumann], János M. Bak, and Nora Berend. Budapest, New York, and Vienna: Central European University Press, 2023. ISBN: 978-615-5225-28-4.

“Life of Saint Adalbert Bishop of Prague and Martyr” [first annotated English translation of BHL 37]. In Saints of the Christianization Age of Central Europe (Tenth-Eleventh Centuries). Ed. G. Klaniczay, trans. and ann. C. Gașpar and M. Miladinov, 95-181. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-615-5225-20-8.

Translator of the Minor Prophets for the New Romanian Septuagint Translation project at the New Europe College (Bucharest, 2002/2007). Annotated Romanian translation published as Septuaginta, vol. 5, Osea. Amos. Michea. Ioel. Abdias. Iona. Naum. Avacum. Sophonia. Aggeu. Zaharia. Malachia, [Romanian ] trans. C. Gaşpar, ed. C. Bădiliţă et al. Iaşi: Polirom, 2009. 648 p. ISBN: 9789734614288.

Prizes and Awards:

2007 CEU Third Best Dissertation Award.

2005 CEU Academic Achievement Award for Doctoral Students.

1998 Certificate of proficiency in Medieval Latin (Ph. D. level) awarded by the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto.

1993 "Menzione onorevole" awarded at the international Latin competition Certamen Ciceronianum Arpinas, 13th edition.

Academic Service:

Since 2024, member of the Independent Ethics Committee (IEC) for the HORIZON Europe research project "Recovering Past Stories for the Future: A Synergistic Approach to Textual and Oral Heritage of Small Communities" (RESTORY), Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

Since 2022, member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Muzeul Banatului Montan, Reșița, Romania

Membership in Professional Associations:

Since 2022, member of the Society for Romanian Studies

Since 2022, member of the Romanian Society for Byzantine Studies / Societatea Română de Studii Bizantine

Since 2014, member of the Medieval Central Europe Research Network (MECERN) 

Since 2001, founding member of the Romanian Society of Indo-European Studies.

Between 2003 and 2005, member of the editorial board of Khōra. Revue d’Études Anciennes et Médievales: Philosophie, Théologie, Sciences.

Other Academic Achievements:

In 2005, paid guest lecturer, Szépmüvészeti Múzeum, Budapest: “Az egyiptomi szerzetesség változó vonásai” [The changing face of the Egyptian monasticism] within the lecture series accompanying the Coptic Art Exhibition (“A fáraók után: a kopt művészet kincsei Egyiptomból”).



PhD Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest (2006)
MA Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest (1998)
BA/Licenţă Classics, Universitatea de Vest, Timişoara (1997)