Professor of Celtic Literature and Philology at the University of Pisa
Born in Pisa on 17 May 1950, he studied in Pisa, Köln, Heidelberg and graduated in 1973 with a thesis on the lexicon of ancient Irish ogamiche inscriptions. Celtic linguistics specialist has dealt with Celtic epigraphy, providing the first interpretation of the B-face of the inscription of botorrita. He was speaker at the International Congress of Celtic Studies in Paris in 1991. For more than ten years he has participated in the annual excavation campaigns in Val brembana together with the archaeologists of the Archaeological Museum of Bergamo and the Catholic University of Milan, focusing on the epigraphic and linguistic components. After having been a researcher and associate professor of glottology and in charge of Celtic philology at the University of Pisa he was an extraordinary professor of general linguistics at the University of Chieti-Pescara from 1994 to 1997 and, to date, he is professor in the Master’s Degree in Philology, Literature and Linguistics at the University of Pisa. He is a member of the Istituto di Studi Etruschi e italici, of the societas Celtologica europaea and of the editorial committees of études Celtiques, studie Saggi linguistici e Studi Classici e Orientali.