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I study the theme of human dignity in the Greek Christian author Origen of Alexandria (185-254). I aim to assess how Origen's thought on the relationship between human beings and God, as mediated by the Latin translators (380-411), problematizes the Classical notion of aristocratic dignitas ("dignity") and enhances it with spiritual significance.

In my dissertation, titled: 'Origen on Human Dignity: from External Social Attribute to Universal Internal Potentiality', I aim to assess how the Latin translators of Origen express a Greek Christian discourse on humanity as God’s creation by using a highly codified term of Roman statesmanship such as dignitas, possibly the most traditional and sought-after value of contemporary society, i.e. the elevated status connected to a public office. Clarifying the extent of continuity and innovation in the use of dignitas as displayed by the translators of Origen will shed light on Rufinus' and Jerome’s translation as a moment of intercultural dialogue, and will provide valuable insight into the history of dignity as a social/divisive and as a universal/uniting concept.

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