The Byzness

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The Byzness, 29th of June, 2014

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Greek Manuscripts Digitisation Project at the British Library

Dear colleagues,

I am happy to report that the third phase of the Greek Manuscripts Digitisation Project at the British Library is now underway. In the course of the next year, over 300 more Greek manuscripts will be digitised and made available online on our Digitised Manuscripts website ( Further announcements will be made on our Medieval Manuscripts blog ( but in the meantime I should like to make list members aware that as a result of this project, a number of Greek manuscripts will be temporarily unavailable to readers between now and March 2015. These items will typically be unavailable for 8-12 weeks while preparation and imaging take place. Once digitised the material will become available online in addition to being available for consultation in the Reading Rooms.

Readers intending to consult Greek manuscripts that have not already been made available on Digitised Manuscripts are strongly advised to contact the Manuscripts Reference Team ( or myself before planning a visit.

Please note that this project will not affect the availability of any Greek papyri.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Cillian O’Hogan

Cillian O’Hogan | Curator of Classical and Byzantine Studies | The British Library

Tel. +44 (0)20 7412 7228


The Medieval Self-commentary: A Transnational Perspective, Fondation Hardt, 22-23 July, Vandœvres, Genève

To medieval authors commentaries and exegesis were a means to establish a dialogue with a past regarded as exemplary. And yet, toward the Late Middle Ages, exegesis becomes more and more a means of self-expression and self-assertion. European writers from different geographical areas increasingly dedicate themselves to comment on their own writings, instead of glossing on authoritative texts of the past. Hermeneutics turns out to be integral to the process of creativity. The present conference aims at exploring the progressive emergence of self-commentaries in medieval Europe, in order to investigate how and why new expressive and communicative forms developed from traditional formats. Self-commentaries are also linked to broader processes of diffusion and legitimation of vernacular languages across Europe. They therefore represent a unique source to understand how pre-modern and modern individual identities shaped and re-presented themselves. The development of self-commentaries is a break with the tradition of ancient and medieval exegesis. Such a break was made possible by the emergence of new social groups as well as by transformations involving book production in late medieval Europe. The conference will be the first attempt to look at medieval self-commentaries as a pan-European, pre-humanistic phenomenon, considering continuities and discontinuities across multiple national traditions. To this end, we will bring together scholars belonging to different fields and theoretical approaches, in order to address the manifold questions raised by medieval self-commentaries.

More information about the conference can be found at


Aglae Pizzone, University of Geneva

Ian Johsnon, University of St. Andrews

Francesca Geymonat, University of Torino

This conference is made possible by the generous support of the Fonds National Suisse and of the University of Geneva, in particular of the Faculté de Lettres, the Unité de Latin  and the Unité d’Italien.

Please find full programme here.



Dear colleague,


We are very pleased to list below brief details of our new Archaeopress titles & BAR volumes for June 2014. Full details and catalogues can be found on our website

Click or our range of digital BAR versions  (the range increases monthly).
A separate catalogue of e-BARs for circulating to your library and colleagues is available here

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Harris
Marketing Manager

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The Imperial Crisis: interdisciplinary conference, 15th December, 2014

Kellogg College, University of Oxford

Тhе objective of this interdisciplinary conference on Classical Studies is to present new insights, and fresh perspectives, on the the crisis of the third century AD. Imperial Rome was in heavy turbulence between AD235 and AD284. Political unrest, illustrated by a lack of stability and continuity in the leadership, public health issues, monetary problems, military strife, and several other concerns almost brought the empire to its knees.

Presentations at the conference will focus either on one of these issues, or on a broader theme within the history and/or historiography of the crisis. Events and phenomena leading towards to crisis, as well measures taken by emperors after the crisis are equally welcome.

The conference is open to contributions from academics in fields as varied as classical studies, art history, architectural history, theology, religious studies, political history, philosophy, canon law, medical history, economic history, and linguistics. Approaches transcending disciplinary boundaries are particularly encouraged.

Werner de Saeger

Conference Website here.

Call for Papers here.

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British School at Athens

Many of you will be aware that the current Director of the School, Catherine Morgan, will be taking up a position as Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, from October 2015. BSA Council is now initiating a search for a successor, and in this connection I attach copies of the advertisement, with a link to the School website where further particulars can be consulted. I should be grateful if you would draw the attention of the advertisement to colleagues as you judge appropriate; and as indicated there I would be particularly glad to hear of any names you would like to mention in confidence to assist the Search Committee’s consideration of potential candidates for the position.

Please find the full notice here, and further particulars here.

With best wishes for a productive summer

Malcolm Schofield

Chair, BSA Council


University of Oxford

The University of Oxford proposes to appoint an Associate Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture. The post is available from 1 January 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointee will be a member of the School of Archaeology, the Faculty of Classics and the Faculty of History, and will hold a Special Supernumerary Fellowship at University

College. The deadline for applications is 12 noon (UK time) on Thursday 31 July 2014.
Interviews will take place in Oxford on Monday 8 September 2014.

Please find the full notice here, and further particulars here.


University of New Hampshire

The history department at the University of New Hampshire will be advertising for a tenure-track position in history at the assistant level. We are seeking applications from scholars who work on periods from Classical Greece up through 1000 A.D.  The advertisement indicates a strong interest in candidates whose research focuses on Late Antiquity, which is understood very broadly in both geographical and chronological terms, and includes the Byzantine Empire, the Ummayad Caliphate, Roman Africa and Near East, the Persian empire, as well as the Hellenistic World broadly conceived. The successful candidate will be expected to teach one section of the first half World History per year, and have an understanding of the approaches taken by specialists in World History to teaching this field.


David Bachrach

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