MESSINA, Giuseppe

MESSINA, Giuseppe. San Catalda 6.1.1893 — Messina 28.6.1951. S.J. Italo-French Scholar of Iranian and History of Religion. Born in near Caltanisetta in Sicily. Joined the Jesuits and studied philosophy in France and theology in the Netherlands, ordained a priest in 1922. Then studied Iranian philology in Berlin under Markwart. Ph.D. 1930 Berlin. From 1928 Professor (di iranistica e di storia del Cristianesimo nell’ Oriente antico) at Pontifical Biblical Institute (taught Sanskrit, too), then also Libero docente d’Iranico at University of Rome.

Publications: Der Ursprung der Magier und die zarathustrische Religion. Rom 1930 (diss. Berlin).

I Magi a Betlemme e una predizione di Zoroatro. 102 p. R. 1933.

L’Aramaico antico. 1934.

Inizi di lirica ascetica e mistica persiana. 1938.

ed. & tr. Libro Apocalittico Persiano Ayatkar i Zamaspik. 1939.

Cristianesimo, Buddhismo, Manicheismo nell’ Asia Antica. 16+261 p. Rome 1947.

Diatesseron Persiano. 1951.

Sources: Indo-Iranica (Calcutta) 5:3, 1952, 17; Lessico Universale Italiano 13, 1974; few lines in Italian Wikipedia.

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