I would like to do two things. Finish the project of the Bibliotheca Cumontiana, the editorial project of the
Academia Belgica in Rome which holds the archives of the Ghent historian of religion Franz Cumont (1868-1947).
I am one of the general editors of the Bibliotheca, responsible for seven volumes of so-called Scripta Minora.
These volumes include critical historiographical introductions which reflect upon the methodology of Cumont
and on the scientific developments since his publications. I am co-author of all the remaining introductions.
Specifically, I want to publish in 2021 the volumes on religious philosophy and on Judaism-Christianity, which are
crucial for the understanding of his views on the religious evolution of the Roman world and the impact of wider
cultures such as Persia: Cumont is best known as a specialist of the cult of Mithras. I also want to prepare a book
which brings together my research and publications of these last few years about Cumont which should be a
synthesis of his life and work, focusing on the interaction between the East and the West from Hellenistic times
to Late Antiquity. Cumont was ambiguous on the East, not a full “rientalist”in the sense Said gave to this word,
but clearly more positive about the input of the Orient in the globalized culture of the Roman Empire than most
of his contemporaries. Also, I want to write about his views about the interaction between religion, philosophy
and sciences and show he worked from a specific philosophy of history. He was also a specialist of astronomyastrology
and alchemy and had original ideas about the interaction between science and religion. In 2022 we will
commemorate the 75 year since the demise of this great Belgian scholar, and 2021 will be a crucial year to bring
the publications about Cumont to a close.