The Byzness

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The Byzness, 5th of February, 2012


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The Deltion of the Christian Archaeological Society now online!

The Christian Archaeological Society (ChAE) is pleased to announce the launch of the online edition of the Deltion of the Christian Archaeological Society (Deltion). The developments in research and scholarly communication have led to the decision to publish an online edition of the Deltion alongside the print edition, which began in 1892. The online edition facilitates access to the content of the Deltion for scholars and the wider public. The electronic publication of the journal is carried out in collaboration with the National Documentation Centre (EKT)


More Palaiologues

An interesting little post which traces some post-1453 careers of members of the Palaiologus family and their services to the Venetian state. This may be of some interest to those of you who deal with the later stages of the Empire as well.

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A.G. Leventis PhD Scholarship in Late Antique Cyprus Open University of Cyprus

The Studies in Hellenic Culture Program of the Open University of Cyprus invites applications for a doctoral research scholarship in the study of Late Antique Cyprus made available through the Foundation Anastasios G. Leventis in the Memory of Constantine Leventis. The grant payable to a single student for the 24-month duration of the award (optionally renewable) will be €10,000 per annum, commencing in the academic year 2012-13. The University will also cover the full amount of fees for the same period.  The successful PhD candidate will also be able to benefit from a stipend of € 3,000 that the A.G. Leventis Foundation offers to the Open University Library for the purchase of books related to the subject of the scholarship.
The Scholarship is offered for the support of research into any aspect of Cyprus in late antiquity, including history, art and archaeology, language, theology and literature. The dissertation can be written in either Greek or English. The successful candidate is expected to be actively involved in the research activities of the Program. Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a 1,000-word outline of proposed research and two letters of recommendation, should be sent to:

Re: Leventis Scholarship
Open University of Cyprus
Studies in Hellenic Culture
PO Box 12794, 2252, Latsia, Cyprus

The closing deadline for applications is Monday 30 April 2012.
More information about the Program can be found at:

For further details about the scholarship please contact:
Prof. S. Efthymiadis, Open University of Cyprus:
Dr. G. Deligiannakis, Open University of Cyprus:


Journal of Ecclesiastical History’s 2012 Eusebius Prize

The Journal offers an annual prize of £500 for the best essay submitted on a subject connected with any aspect of early Christian history, broadly understood as including the first seven centuries AD/CE. Scholars in any relevant discipline (theology, classics, late antique studies, Middle Eastern studies, etc ), whether established in their field or graduate students, are encouraged to enter the competition.
Essays should not exceed 8,000 words including footnotes, and for 2012 should be submitted by 30 September. A judgement will be made at the end of November of the same year (the editors reserve the right not to award the prize if no essay of significant quality is submitted). The essay of the successful candidate will be published in the Journal, probably in the number appearing in July 2013. Other submissions entered into the competition may also be recommended for publication. All essays should be sent as two hard copies, prepared to journal style, to Mrs Anne Waites, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Robinson College, Cambridge CB3 9AN


Spoleto early medieval seminars: programme and bursaries

In order for young and deserving post-graduate scholars, who are particularly interested in early medieval studies and in the specific topic of this year’s Settimana, to be encouraged to stay in Spoleto during the Settimana and attend the conference, scholarships will be granted to 20 Italian and 20 foreign scholars. The candidates selected by the ad-hoc Commission can stay free of charge in hotels chosen by the Foundation for the entire duration of the Settimana (with free room and board). Scholars who, during the previous three editions of the Settimana, have already received two scholarships or those older than 32 at the expiry of the competition are not eligible.
Applications must be sent to the President’s Office (Palazzo Ancaiani, I-06049 Spoleto), on plain paper and free of any charge, and must be received by March 12, 2012.
Applications will have to be completed by a presentation letter, written by a university professor or a renowned scholar, stating the applicant’s merits and specific interest in attending the conference. Applications will have to include details regarding the following: a) university degree, b) academic curriculum, c) publications, if any, d) any other qualification. Successful candidates will have to provide documentary evidence of any degree, qualification or publication listed in their application. At the end of the Settimana, scholarship holders will receive attendance certificates from the Foundation, but are not expected to pay any registration fee. Any documentation presented by applicants will only be returned upon their request.

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Part of the Anglo-Brazilian Colloquium at King’s College London:
Wednesday 15th February, Room: Anatomy Museum, Strand Campus, King’s College

New worlds-old languages: Centre of Hellenic Studies and the Neo Latin Society.Roundtable discussion followed by a reception. The theme of the afternoon is the role of the ancient languages in mediating the discovery of  new worlds. We start in Byzantium, with the (re)discovery of the Latin world; then we will look  at the use of Latin expressing the trans-Atlantic new worlds.

Session 1: 14.00 ­ 15.30
Chair: Prof. Charlotte Roueché, KCL
Alessander Bucossi (KCL): Latin in 12th century Constantinople
Staffan Wahlgren (Trondheim): Talking about foreigners: Paleologan Rhetoric and the Outer World
Prof. Dr. Paulo Sérgio de Vasconcellos (UNICAMP), Prof. of Latin Literature and Language and research co-ordinator of the “Grupo de Trabalho Odorico Mendes: Odorico Mendes and the rhetoric of translation.

Session 2: 15.30 ­ 17.00
Chair: Prof Peter Mack, Warburg Institute
Victoria Moul, KCL: Speaking plants in the New World: Abraham Cowley’s poetic rhetoric
Catarina Fouto KCL: Rhetoric at the Wedding of Alessandro Farnese and Maria of Portugal: The Epithalamium in  Sixteenth-Century Portugal”
Andrew Laird, Warwick: Rhetoric, agriculture and the colonial order in a Brazilian Latin poem from the British Library, José Rodrigues de Mello, De rusticis Brasiliae rebus  (1781)

Drinks: 17.15 – 18.30 (room tbc)


Wright Lecture Series, Lent Term 2012

William Wright (1830-1889) was Sir Thomas Adams’s Professor of Arabic in the University of Cambridge and was renowned as a Semiticist and a philologist. The Wright Lecture Series, named in his honour, is run by the Department of Middle Eastern Studies in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in association with the Centre of Islamic Studies. Reflecting the spread of the Department’s academic interests, the Wright Lecture Series addresses topics of relevance to the study and understanding of the Middle East, Iran and India, ancient and modern. Lectures are open to members of the University.

Thursday, 23 February 2012
Dr Torsten Tschacher, University of Göttingen
The Compulsions of Language or the Choice of Poets? A Tamil Perspective on the Study of Islamic Literatures in South Asia

Thursday, 15 March 2012
Professor Adel Gamal, University of Arizona
The Moral Values of pre-Islamic Arabia

The Wright Lecture Series is run by the Department of Middle Eastern Studies in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in association with the Centre of Islamic Studies.
For Further information please contact


The Classical Association Conference
Organized by the University of Exeter, in association with the Classical Association, 11th-14th April 2012

The organisers would like to remind those of you who are considering booking for the CA Conference this year that the *final closing date* for bookings is 29th February 2012. Please note that bookings which are received after this date will incur a *substantial* late booking fee of £50.00 – so please, book early!
Information about the conference programme, as well as the online booking form, is available at the following link:
Please remember to book before 29th February!


Special Graduate Course: ‘Dynamic Middle Ages’.
National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, Moscow, 1-6 October, 2012

An opportunity to study Byzantine and medieval Eastern European economic history. Applications require an application letter, CV, summary of your doctoral thesis, and a letter of recommendation, all in English. Applications are due 15 April 2012, and must be submitted to Further information is available at

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