UnbekanntDr. Domenico Agostini

Areas of specialization:

Zoroastrianism and Middle Persian Literature; Iranian Languages; Sasanian History; Apocalyptics and Eschatology in the Ancient Near East and in the Mediterranean in Late Antiquity and in the Middle Ages with a focus on Dante’s Divine Comedy


Personal website

I received my “laurea” (M.A.) in Iranian Philology and in the Religious History of Iran and Central Asia at the “La Sapienza” University of Rome in 2003. In 2008 I earned MY Ph.D. in Iranian Studies jointly from the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris and the “La Sapienza” University of Rome. In the same year i was awarded the prestigious “Prix Pirasteh” in Persian Studies at the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Paris. I was research fellow at the French Institute of Research in Iran (2005) and at the Accademia dei Lincei, Rome (2010-2011). I served as lecturer on Middle Persian and Zoroastrianism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2010-2015) and as visiting professor at the “La Sapienza” University of Rome (2013).

I am a specialist in Middle Persian, and in Zoroastrian literature and religion, focusing on Iranian apocalyptics and eschatology.

Currently I am the assistant editor and coordinator of the Middle Persian Dictionary project directed by Prof. Shaul Shaked at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

As a Polonsky fellow, my research will tackle the transformation of the concept and the architecture of the afterlife from Zoroastrian eschatology up to Dante’s Divine Comedy from the philological and religious perspectives.


  • Ayādgār ī Jāmāspīg, un texte eschatologique zoroastrien (Biblica et Orientalia 50). 2013, pp. 540, Gregorian and Biblical Press [Pontifical Biblical Institute], Rome.
  • “Eschatological seers and otherworldly travellers in Zoroastrianism.” Journal Asiatique 302/1 (2014), pp. 47-73.
  • “Encountering a Beautiful Maiden: On Zoroastrian dēn in comparison with Dante’s Beatrice.” Bulletin of the Asia Institute 24 (2014), pp. 15-23.
  • “Pehlevi, Pâzand et Pârsi: trois systèmes d’écriture au service de Zoroastre. Le cas du Jâmâspi.” Eurasian studies 12 (2014), pp. 177-188
  • “On Iranian and Jewish Apocalyptics, Again.” Journal of American Oriental Society 135 (forthcoming).