Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

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Tessa Canella, PhD

Title/s:  Sapienza University of Rome



Tessa Canella is a Researcher of History of Christianity. She is interested mainly in the age of Constantine, in the traditions relating to the baptism of Constantine, and the issue of religious tolerance and intolerance in Late Antiquity.  She is head of the Local Research Team of Sapienza University of Rome for a research project funded by the Ministry of Education FIRB 2010 (coordinated by the University of Bari) "Sacred spaces and identity paths. Foundation texts, iconography, religion and traditions in the Christian Italian shrines between Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages”. Her research also focuses on late ancient Christian shrines and sacred space in the history of Christianity.