The Byzness

The Byzness, 22nd April 2012


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British Library acquires St Cuthbert Gospel

The oldest intact European book – the St Cuthbert Gospel – is to remain in the UK after the British Library raised £9m to buy it. The acquisition of the 7th Century copy of the Gospel of St John follows the library’s largest fundraising campaign. The National Heritage Memorial Fund gave £4.5m but charitable foundations, trusts and the public also contributed. The book was sold by the Society of Jesus (British Province) to raise money for education and restoration work. The manuscript, produced in the north-east of England, was buried with the early English Christian leader on Lindisfarne in about 698. It was rediscovered at Durham Cathedral in 1104 after the coffin had been moved to escape Viking raids. The library has acquired the Gospel in partnership with Durham University and Durham Cathedral, and it will be displayed equally at the library and in the North East. It had been on loan to the British Library since 1979 and the institution was given first option to buy it.
Full article and further information is available here and here.

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Writing Europe open registration
University of Bergen, 3rd-5th June 2012

We are delighted to open registration for ‘Writing Europe before 1450: A Colloquium’, University of Bergen, 3rd-5th June 2012. Programme and registration details are now available on the conference website, please use the side bar for navigation. Registration will close 15 May.
Plenary speakers: William Johnson (Duke University); Kathryn A. Lowe (University of Glasgow); Marilena Maniaci (Universita` di Cassino); David Wallace (University of Pennsylvania)
Writing Europe before 1450 is a collaboration between the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Bergen and the School of English at the University of Leicester, and is generously subsidised by the Centre for Medieval Studies and by the School of English.
Production and Use of English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220 Project:


A Book of Psalms from Eleventh-Century Constantinople: On the Complex of Texts and Images in Vat. gr. 752
An Ars edendi Workshop, Rome, 11-12 June 2012

The workshop’s schedule is available here.


SPBS Lecture: Creating a New Imperial Centre – The Case of Ravenna
Great Hall, Hellenic Centre, 14th June 2012

SPBS and the Hellenic Centre present an illustrated lecture by Professor Judith Herrin “Creating a New Imperial Centre – The Case of Ravenna” at 7.00pm on Thursday 14th June 2012, followed by an informal reception at the Great Hall, Hellenic Centre, 16 – 19 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS. Free entry for SPBS members but please confirm attendance to the Hellenic Centre 020 7563 9835; or email


Cities in the Long Late Antiquity
Date: Friday 1st June, 2012
Location: William Robertson Wing, Doorway 4, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, EH8 9AG. All lectures will all take place in the Meadows Lecture Theatre.

Cities in the Long Late Antiquity: a day conference organised by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, to inaugurate Edinburgh’s new MSc programme in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies.

9-9.20 Registration (McMillan Room)
9.20 Welcome: Lucy Grig and Gavin Kelly (Classics, Edinburgh)
9.30-10.30 Meaghan McEvoy (Classics, Corpus Christi, Oxford) ‘Why not Rome? Milan as an imperial centre in late antiquity’
10.30-11.30 Tom Brown (History, Edinburgh) ‘Non Roma sed Ravenna aeterna?  The “long late antiquity” and urban continuity in Ravenna’
11.30-12 Tea and coffee (McMillan Room)
12-1 Simon Loseby (History, Sheffield) ‘Marseille and the end of antiquity’
1-2 Buffet lunch (McMillan Room)
2-3 Mattia Guidetti (History of Art, Edinburgh) ‘Bathhouses, marketplaces, and houses of worship: the early Islamic refurbishment and revitalization of towns in greater Syria’
3-4 Andrew Marsham (Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Edinburgh) ‘Mu’awiya at Jerusalem (661 CE): between Heraclius and Abd al-Malik?’
4-4.15 Closing remarks: Jim Crow (Archaeology, Edinburgh)
4.15-4.45 Tea and coffee (McMillan Room)
5-6.30 Public Lecture: Jean-Michel Spieser (Art History and Archaeology, Fribourg) ‘Thessaloniki: the Palace and the Rotunda’
6.30-7.30 Wine reception and celebration of the publication of L. Grig and G. Kelly (eds), Two Romes: Rome and Constantinople in Late Antiquity (Oxford University Press, New York, 2012) (McMillan Room)
8pm Dinner for speakers (and others as space permits) in a local restaurant

There will be a registration fee of £15 (waged) or £10 (unwaged, retired, students), which will include teas and coffees, buffet lunch and wine reception.
To register for the conference, please e-mail or write to Gavin Kelly. Please also contact him for any additional information, or if you wish to join the speakers for dinner after the conference.


OHRID SUMMER UNIVERSITY 2012: Summer Institute for Byzantine Church Music
12th-30th August, Ohrid, Macedonia

Euro-Balkan Institute is pleased to announce its first annual Summer Institute for Byzantine Church Music for 2012. The Institute is designed to advance theoretical and practical exploration of the Byzantine Church Music that include different traditions and interpretations. The main objective of the Summer Institute is to provide a higher level of knowledge and competence for those who want to upgrade their current academic background and interest in Byzantine church music. The Summer Institute is offering the participants a rare opportunity to acquire advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will complement their further professional and academic carrier related to Byzantine church music and the Byzantine Studies in general.
The Summer Institute puts the idea of examining and reconstructing the Byzantine church music recognizing that from the deepest layers of Byzantine music and the folk traditions of the peoples formerly united in the “Byzantine Commonwealth” we can discover the common cultural traditions, influences and relationship. Our endeavour is to examine the Byzantine church music and its traditions, deriving from its universal character and the growing interest among the researchears and academics from all over the world for theoretical and practical study of the Byzantine church music. By bringing together a group of highly motivated participants and an internationally renowned faculty and practitioners, the summer institute seeks to establish a framework of intensive collaborative learning and training in the field of Byzantine Church Music.
Further information is available on the program website, and at

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Funded MA & PhD Programs at Koc University
Deadline, May 15, 2012

Funded MA & PhD Programs in Archaeology and History of Art. Interdisciplinary programs with concentration areas in Archaeology; Cultural Heritage Management and Museum Studies; History of Art; Late Antique and Byzantine Studies. For further details and on-line application forms, visit:

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