The Byzness

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The Byzness, 14 April 2013
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And Now for Something Completely Different: A book with a unique premise…

Zombies of Byzantium

The dead have been alive for centuries!

It’s the 8th century A.D., and the Byzantine Empire has got problems. A ruthless schemer has just overthrown the emperor and taken the crown for himself. The Saracen army is attacking Constantinople. Only one thing could make these problems look petty by comparison: an invasion of undead, flesh-eating zombies.

One young monk has witnessed the horror of the zombies and lived to tell the tale. When the new emperor hears of the danger, he hatches a wild plan. He puts the young monk in charge of creating an army of zombies to defeat the invaders. But it’s not that easy to control the living dead…

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“Tradition and Transformation: Dissent and Consent in the Mediterranean”
Budapest, May 30 – June 1, 2013.

The Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at Central European University, and its junior members invite submissions for the up coming third CEU CEMS International Graduate Conference.
For further information, please see the conference web page at, or contact Mihail Mitrea, .

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‘Why was there no Renaissance in Byzantine Art?’ – Lecture by Prof. Henry Maguire

Thursday 2nd May, 5:15 – Teviot Lecture Theatre, Doorway 5, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG
For full details see here.


‘Mountain Valleys and Settlement in Medieval Cyprus: the Troodos Massif in the Byzantine Period’ – Lecture by Dr Tassos Papacostas
6.00 pm on Tuesday 21st May 2013.
The venue will be Room G 22/26, Ground Floor, South Block, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU (nearest tube: Russell Square).


‘A Princess, Two Books and an Icon: Another Byzantine Puzzle?’ – Lecture by Prof. Elizabeth Jeffreys

7.00 pm on Wednesday 19th June 2013, followed by an informal reception.
The venue will be the Great Hall, Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS. Entry is free for SPBS members but please confirm attendance to the Hellenic Centre 020 7563 9835 or email<


The Heraclian Dynasty Colloquium
Friday 31st May and Saturday 1st June
Ioannou Centre, University of Oxford

See full details here, or contact


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2013 Summer School in Medieval Codicology and Palaeography
15-20 July 2013
Central European University’s Summer University (SUN).

The aim of the one-week course is to provide practical training in Latin and Greek palaeography at an intermediate level, combined with codicological and diplomatic lectures based on a new approach toward manuscript studies and the latest trends in research. The course includes visits to manuscript holding libraries to facilitate contact with manuscripts in the original and provides opportunities for small group consultation.

The webpage below provides further details about the course, the application process, the eligibility, tuition fees and grants.

Link to the webpage:


Two Doctoral Positions on a Research Project in the Netherlands

Professor Jan Willem Drijvers (University of Groningen) and Professor Peter Van Nuffelen are starting a new research project 
“Finding the Present in the Distant Past: The Cultural Meaning of Antiquarianism in Late Antiquity (4-7th c. AD)”. The project focuses on Greek and Latin antiquarian writing in Late Antiquity and its cultural meaning in the period. The main research hypothesis is that late ancient interest in antiquarianism developed in interaction with an awareness that the world was undergoing fundamental changes and hence an increased distance from the classical past, which was idealized in education, was perceived.
There are two PhD posts associated with the project: details are to be found here and here.


Edinburgh Chancellors Fellowships

Edinburgh has just advertised a new round of Chancellors Fellowships. In
the School of History, Classics and Archaeology the specialisms include
medieval archaeology, medieval history and ancient history. The
geographical span includes Eastern Europe, The Near East and the
Mediterranean and we encourage well qualified candidates to apply with
interests in late antique and Byzantine history or archaeology.


Harvard Teaching Fellowship

The Department of the Classics is seeking applications for a College Fellow in Byzantine Greek Language and Literature.  Teaching duties will include three courses open to undergraduate and graduate students, with 25% of the appointment reserved for the Fellow’s own research.  The Fellow may also advise and evaluate senior theses.  Applicants must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. by July 1, 2013.  The appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.  Detailed application instructions are available at

Complete applications, including letters of reference, are due by April 26, 2013.


Bologna University Greek and Latin Summer School
24th June – 12th July 2013
The Department of Classics and Italian studies ( of Bologna University offers an intensive three week Greek and Latin Summer School.
The school offers courses in Latin (beginners and intermediate) and in Greek (beginners) and the possibility of combining two courses (Latin & Greek) at a special rate.
The courses will be held in Bologna from 24th June to 12th July 2013 and are open to students (undergraduate and post-graduate) and non-students alike. Participants must be aged 18 or over.
The teaching will be focused mainly on Greek and/or Latin language with additional classes on Classical literature; further classes will touch on moments of classical history and history of art, supplemented by visits to museums and archaeological sites (in Bologna and Rome).
All teaching and activities will be in English.
For further information and application forms please visit:


Postdoctoral research appointment “Greek manuscripts and libraries”


As part of the current research project i-Stamboul financed by the French Agency for Research (ANR), we are pleased to announce the availability of a two years appointment (1 year renewable contract) starting
September 1st 2013.


The research project i-Stamboul aims at reconstructing the library of Greek manuscripts that Metrophanes III, patriarch of Constantinople, collected in the 16th century at the library of the Monastery of the Holy Trinity (on the island of Halki near Istanbul). This is one of the few ancient libraries in the Eastern Mediterranean which can be reconstructed fairly accurately, both regarding the state of the original collection and its history from its creation to the 20th century, thanks to ancient inventories, journals of Western travellers, and notes of ownership on the manuscripts themselves. The core of this collection is now in the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul, while a significant portion was dispersed in the second half of the 16th century, and is currently to be found in various libraries in Europe and America.


The researcher will be responsible, in close collaboration with the other members of the project, for the cataloging of the dispersed Greek manuscripts in European libraries and the inventory and analysis of Greek and Western sources concerning the monasteries of the Princes Islands. He will be involved in the writing of several chapters in the collective volume on the history of the library. He will participate in feeding the website and the research blog related to the project.


The researcher will be hosted in Paris in the Greek department of the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes. The net monthly allowance amounts to 1900 – 2.200 €.


The candidate will hold a PhD in Greek studies and have knowledge of modern Greek. He should also have a real expertise in the field of Greek manuscripts, including the technical tasks of cataloging.


Applicants should send, preferably by email :

• a letter of motivation (in English or French)

• a full academic CV

• a full list of publications

• eventually, a letter of reference

Deadline for applications: 10 May 2013.


For further information or to apply, write to:

André Binggeli

IRHT, Section grecque

52, rue du Cardinal Lemoine

F- 75005 Paris

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