PAPPACENA, Enrico

PAPPACENA, Enrico. Naples 5.12.1882 — Bari 5.9.1980. Italian Indologist and Scholar of Religion. Professor in Bari. Studies of Russian and Indology at Naples (Kerbaker). In 1918-20 at Nancy in France teaching Italian. Then in Lanciano concentrating on writing and 1936-42 in Naples, teaching at Liceo Umberto I. In 1946-60 Professor incaricato at University of Bari, where he taught History of Religions as well as Indian and Far Eastern religions and philosophy. An Anthroposophist. “Intellettuale di non eccelsa levatura, ma significativa personalità del suo tempo” (Treccani). Married 1922 Ersilia Sigismondi.

Publications: Storia, Religione e Letteratura dell’ India antica. 140 p. Napoli 1912.

Michele Kerbaker. 1912; Michele Kerbaker. 1958.

translated: Śakuntalā. Il Re Dusianta. Napoli 1929.

Introduzione allo studio della Storia relig. e letterare dell’ India. Bari 1947.

Arte antica e Scienza moderna. 19??; works on literary history (Gogol, Dante, Iliad, etc.), own poetry and prose, e.g. La fine dei Bàrata: romanzo epico. Firenze 1941.

Sources: Chi è 1948; briefly in E&W 3, 1952, 104; http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/enrico-pappacena_(Dizionario-Biografico)/ with further references.

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