The Byzness

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The Byzness, 27th of October, 2013

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*Ethiopia and the Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity: The Garima Gospels in Context*

A two-day conference sponsored by the Ethiopian Heritage Fund at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies

2 November 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Chair: Jacques Mercier

10:00-10:15 Averil Cameron (Oxford) Opening Remarks

10:15-11:00 Philipp Booth (Oxford) Ethiopia and the Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity

11:00-11:45 Antonella Brita (Hamburg) The Hagiography of Garima

11:45-12:30 Getatchew Haile (New York) The Historical Notes in the Garima Gospels


14:00-14:45 Baye Yimam (Addis Ababa) Linguistic Aspects of the Garima Gospels

14:45-15:30 Alessandro Bausi (Hamburg) The Language of the Garima Gospels and the Synod of Qefrya’

15:30-16:15 Mersha Alehegne (Addis Ababa) Orature on Literature: The Case of Abba Gerima and His Gospel

16:15-17:00 Lester Capon (Gloucester) Preserving the Garima Gospels

17:00-17:15 David Phillipson (Cambridge) Concluding Remarks


3 November 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Chair: Baye Yimam

10:00-10:15 Jacques Mercier (Paris) Opening Remarks

10:15-10:45 Jeffrey Spier (Tucson) The Garima Gospel Covers

10:45-11:15 Thomas Mathews (Paris) The Showing of the Gospels in the Divine Liturgy

11:15-11:45 Marlia Mango (Oxford) The Garima Gospels and the Rabbula Gospels

11:45-12:15 Judith McKenzie & Meseret Oldjira (Oxford) Architecture in the Garima Gospels


14:00-14:30 Daniel Seifemicahel (Addis Ababa) Pages from the Book of Isaiah in the Garima Gospels

14:30-15:00 Marilyn Heldman (Washington) The Iconography of the Garima Evangelist Portraits

15:00-15:45 Claude Lepage (Paris) Palestinian and Sasanian Iconography in the Garima Gospels

15:45-16:30 Jacques Mercier (Paris) The Garima Gospels and Ethiopian Art

16:30-16:45 Christopher de Hamel (Cambridge) Concluding Remarks

Attending the conference is free of charge and no prior registration is necessary. If you have questions, please, e-mail ​g​


It is a great pleasure to announce to the members of the Byzantine Studies Association an upcoming conference, titled “Lives, Relics, and Beneficial Tales in Byzantium and Beyond”, organized in honor of John Duffy, Emeritus Professor of Byzantine Philology and Literature in the Department of the Classics at Harvard University, and Senior Fellow in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. With the generous support of the Department of the Classics and Dumbarton Oaks, we have brought together ten speakers who will offer papers on a topic that has been a great research interest of John’s for much of his career.

The conference will take place at Harvard on Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9. The event is free and open to the public. In addition to the scheduled papers, there will be a celebratory reception at the Harvard Faculty Club on Friday, November 8, from 5:30-7 p.m, where all participants are warmly invited to join us in raising a glass to John, a valued scholar and teacher in the field of Byzantine Studies, and a much-loved member of the Harvard community.

Please find the conference program here. To monitor any updates or changes to the schedule, please check the website of the Department of the Classics at Harvard (, where final program information will be available closer to the event through the “announcements” sidebar. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email ( or Saskia Dirkse (


Carl Sandler Berkowitz are having a sale of out-of-print volumes on the ancient Old World (including Greece, Rome, Egypt, Mesopotamia); the Middle East from the end of the ancient world to present time (including modern Greek and Byzantium); and Mediaeval, Renaissance and Reformation Europe to about 1700. Further information may be obtained by e-mailing ​.​ ​The catalogues for Byzantium, Modern Greece, and the Near and Middle East can be found here, and that of Medieval and Renaissance Europe can be found here.

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It is with enormous pleasure that we announce the call for papers for the Oxford University Byzantine Society’s XVI International​ Graduate Conference, entitled ‘The City and the cities: From Constantinople to the frontier’. If you wish to participate, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words ​and a short academic biography in the third person ​ ​to by Friday the 29th of November ​​. The conference will take place from the 28th of February – 1st of March at the History Faculty of the University of Oxford. Please ​find the full call for papers here, which can also be downloaded here, and the advertising poster here. We would encourage all to circulate the call and poster wherever relevant.

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