Sandro Sticca, professor of French and comparative literature, has recently published S. Eustachio Martire. Santo Bizantino (Parma-Roma, Studies in Christian Thought and Tradition, 2014). The Byzantine saint Eustace was a Christian who suffered martyrdom under the emperor Trajan. Sticca studies the development of the cult of this early Greek-Byzantine martyr whose vita became very popular within the Latin Christian world, becoming celebrated in iconography from the early sixth to seventh centuries in Cappadocia and through the twelfth, thirteenth and sixteenth centuries in Europe. Sticca tries to separate the legendary and apocryphal elements from the historical reality of the general Placidus-Eustathius. Three authorities on Christian spirituality – Don Michele Persichitti, Antonio Varasso and Professor Vincenzo Centorame – centered a colloquium on Sticca’s book on Aug. 10, in the city of Casauria (Abruzzo).
September 2, 2014