The Byzness

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The Byzness, 26 May 2013
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Byzantine Sacred Music Concert
28th May, University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford High Street, 8pm

Free entry, hosted by the Oxford Orthodox Society


The Heraclians: A Dynasty from Within Conference
31st May-1st June, Oxford

Please find the full programme here. Organised by Simon Ford, Caterna Franchi and Douglas Whalin.


Through the Magnifying Glass.

Small Finds and the Big Gap in the Byzantine Settlement History of Miletus and Ephesus

Date: Saturday June 1st 2013 (week 6 of Trinity Term)

Place: Brasenose College, Lecture Room XI, Oxford

This one-day conference focuses on the Big Gap or so-called Dark Age that separates Late Antiquity and the middle Byzantine period and forms one of the most pressing problems of Byzantine archaeology and historiography. C. Morrisson (ed.), Trade and Markets in Byzantium (Washington, D.C. 2012) has recently argued that such a gap should not have existed, whilst Marek Jankowiak (Wolfson) claimed the opposite in a well-received lecture to the Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar in Michaelmas Term 2012. A more conclusive contribution to this debate is currently being sought at Miletus. The conference will aim to present, collate and interpret different strands of evidence from four separate monuments in the city, where late antique and Byzantine strata have recently been excavated. Additional clarification is attempted by comparison with Ephesus, where the Byzantine stratigraphy is currently also under investigation.

The conference is made possible thanks to the support of Brasenose College, the Craven Committee, the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research (OCBR), the Meyerstein Bequest, and the Austrian Archaeological Institute.


Please register with Morning coffee, sandwich lunch, and afternoon tea:

£ 0/10/20 (unwaged/waged/donor covering for self and one unwaged).

Please find the full programme here.


Great Landowners and the State in the Sixth Century:

Revisiting the Apion Archive                        

A round-table discussion chaired by Roger Bagnall

Monday 27 May 2013, 2.00–6.00 pm

All Souls College, Old Library

 The publication of Todd Hickey’s Wine, Wealth, and the State in Late Antique Egypt (Ann Arbor 2012) offers the occasion to revisit the long-debated issues of the size and economic importance of large estates in the Justinianic period, and of their economic and political role within the empire.

The afternoon will begin with a series of short presentations by Todd Hickey, James Keenan, Jean Gascou, Andrew Wilson and Peter Sarris.

It will move on to a round-table discussion with Philip Booth, Alan Bowman, Jennifer Cromwell, Nikolaos Gonis, James Howard-Johnston, Roberta Mazza, Arietta Papaconstantinou, Bryan Ward-Perkins, Mark Whittow.

The meeting will be followed by a wine reception at 6.00 pm.

This event is organised with the generous support of the Oxford Roman Economy Project and Baron Lorne Thyssen, the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, All Souls College, and the Department of Classics of the University of Reading.


International Symposium of Byzantine

Nis and Byzantium XII

CONSTANTINE, In hoc signo vinces
313 – 2013

In the hometown of Emperor Constantine the Great, the 2013th of 3 to 7 June will be a traditional international symposium “Niš and Byzantium,” a gathering of twelve prominent Byzantine world, now marked by Constantine and the tipping moment in history that is reflected today in the current message, “CO NSTANTINE,   In hoc signo vinces. “

Organization: City of Nis, University of Nis and the Diocese of Nis.

International symposium “Niš and Byzantium XII – CONSTANTINE, In hoc signo vinces” is held to mark one of the most important dates in the history of European civilization – the 1700 years of the promulgation of the Edict of Milan.

Please see the website for more information:


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Emergence of Sacred Travel PhD Studentship
The Emergence of Sacred Travel (EST) project is pleased to announce a fully-funded PhD studentship. Applicants should propose a dissertation project that relates to the overall theme of pilgrimage and sacred movement in the ancient world (Greek, Roman, and/or Late Antique/Early Christian), focusing in particular on its material and visual dimensions. A theoretically-informed project with a comparative scope as well as broad geographical or chronological coverage is especially desired. The deadline for applications is 1 October 2013.

The full call is available here:


For more information on EST, please visit


Georgian Script Summer School
The Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts is organizing third International Summer School – “Georgian Script” from 16th to 25th July 2013 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The Summer School is intended for foreign researchers and students interested in Georgian history and culture, especially in Georgian script and manuscript heritage, and have a general interest in medieval studies.
The aims of the Kartvelological Summer School “Georgian Script” is to promote Georgian script as an important achievement of Georgian culture at an international level; to popularize the Kartvelological sciences, focusing on the multi-faceted, multi-national foundations of Georgian manuscript culture; and to inspire and develop future international cooperation among the Centre and Summer school attendees.
The educational program of the Summer School includes exciting academic and cultural lectures, workshops, and excursions. The working language of the Summer School will be English.
Summer School organizers can only provide the limited number of scholarships for its applicants which covers: accommodation, food and travel within Georgia, however individuals must cover their own travel cost to and from Georgia. This program is generously financed by the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia.
Alongside with this, we offer several schemes for those applicants who can finance their participation in the Summer School. More about this can be seen in an attached Application Form.
If you are interested in participating, please fill out the attached application form manually or/and Online no later than 14th of June, 2013 and send it to the National Centre of Manuscripts through the following e-mail Only Selected candidates will be notified by the 21st of June, 2013.
Online application form can be found on the following link:


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