The Byzness

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The Byzness, 12th October, 2014

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  2. PRIZE

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Byzantine Valhalla: the life and death of the Church of the Holy Apostles. The inaugural lecture of Jonathan Harris, Royal Holloway, 27th October

The Holy Apostles was the second largest church in Byzantine Constantinople. Consecrated in 370CE, it housed the tombs of Emperor Constantine I and his successors and stood for a thousand years until the Ottoman conquest of 1453. This lecture will reconstruct the building’s appearance and trace its role both in imperial ceremonial and the very murky world of Byzantine politics.

Please find more details here.

The Late Antique City: change or decline? By Luke LavanSmall Committee Room (K0.31), King’s Building, Strand Campus, 14th October

The Late Antique city has seen a great deal of archaeological work in recent decades. Yet most general models of change in the period still use archaeology to provide illustrative examples; they rely instead on texts to provide the main narrative. Historians rarely exploit the full potential of material evidence, whilst archaeologists show little interest in writing urban history beyond the level of one region. In this seminar, it will be argued that the Late Antique city can be understood only by combining texts and archaeology in a more equitable manner, with a primary stress on the patterns suggested by material evidence. This analysis reveals that most general models of the Late Antique city are flawed. More specific trends can be identified, which have different chronologies in different regions, and which together combine to make the Late Antique urban civilization more interesting than it has seemed thus far.


New H-Net Medieval Group

H-Medieval, a new H-Net community, is seeking editors and board members. H-Medieval will be an online resource and community for medievalists, with blogs, book reviews, and discussions. It will go live at some point in 2015.

We are seeking volunteers for two roles: editors and board members.

Board members are typically later career scholars. Each H-Net community has a board, which set policy and

settles disputes. This position involves relatively little work (meetings by email a few times a year) but is extremely important to the smooth functioning of the community.

Editors are the day to day managers of the community. Editors can serve in a specific role (e.g., book review editors, subscription manager) or as general editors. We welcome scholars at every point in their care

ers to apply to be editors.

If you are interested in either of these roles, please contact Jason Fossella,

Thank you.

Lexikon zur byzantinischen Gräzität online

Dear friends and colleagues,

It gives us great pleasure to inform you that the Lexikon zur byzantinischen Gräzität (LBG) is now accessible online!
The online dissemination of the printed fascicles 1-6 of the LBG is the result of a collaboration between the LBG published by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften) and the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae® (TLG®) at the University of California, Irvine.
The LBG is openly accessible online, independent of a TLG licence. Please, visit

Further fascicles will be provided online three years after their printed publication.
Feel free to make extensive use and spread the word!

Erich Trapp and the team of the LBG


Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London, Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series, 2014-2015

Please find here a full list of the centre’s seminars here.


The Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies and the British Museum present: A Study Day on Medieval Greek Liturgy and Liturgical Art: an exploration of the interaction between art and experience in religious life, 31st October 2014

When:  Friday, October 31, 2014 from 930am until 445pm
Where:  Sackler Room B, British Museum
Programme:  There are six presentations of thirty minutes, each followed by a ten minute questions period, plus an introduction and a handling session of related objects by Museum Curator Chris Entwistle. The presenters are:


Professor Liz James (University of Sussex) – Introduction and Conclusion

Dr. Nadine Schibille (University of Sussex) – Liturgy in Space

Dr. Mary Cunningham (University of Nottingham) – Liturgical celebration of Mary, the Mother of God, in the Middle Byzantine period: the interaction between Church hymnography and devotional art

Arik Avdokhin (PhD Candidate, King’s College London) – Public Involvement in Early Byzantine (Para)Liturgical Practices: Participation in Hymns and Prayers in Churches and Elsewhere

Dr. Heather Hunter-Crawley (University of Bristol) – Mirroring Heaven – The Experience of Eucharistic Silverware in Early Byzantium

Dr. Cecily Hennessy (Christie’s Education) – Monumental decoration in relation to the liturgy

Professor Robin Cormack (University of Cambridge) – The 14th century icon of the Triumph of Orthodoxy and the broader question of how to discover the use of icons in the liturgy


Fees and Reservations:  Reservations are essential because there is limited space.  The fee is £15 for SPBS members and £20 for all others.  Reservations can be made on the following link:

Any questions can be directed to:

SPBS Autumn lecture, Thursday 13 November 2014

After last year’s successful event in Birmingham, the Society’s Autumn Lecture is returning to London. We shall be in a new venue,

namely the Bloomsbury Room in the University of London’s Senate House, on Malet Street. This is located behind the British Museum.

The nearest tube stations are Goodge Street and Russell Square.


The lecture will be delivered by Professor Garth Fowden, Sultan Qaboos Professor of Abrahamic Faiths in the Faculty of Divinity,

University of Cambridge. He will be speaking on the subject of ‘Gibbon and Islam’.


The lecture will begin at 5.45pm and will be followed by a reception.


We look forward to seeing you there.


Dr Tim Greenwood

Hon. Secretary


40th Annual BSC in Vancouver

Dear colleagues,

Many of us will soon be meeting in Vancouver for the 40th BSC. On behalf of the SFU local arrangements committee I would like to ask those of you who will be making the trip to Vancouver and have not yet done so to register ASAP for the conference, reception, and business lunch. We would sincerely appreciate your prompt action on this issue especially in regards to the Saturday reception as we need to finalize our plans for the catering at the Bill Reid Gallery where the event is being held. We hope to have registration for the reception finalized by the 15th of October so that we give our caterers the longest possible time for their preparations.

I thank you for your attention and I am looking forward to receiving you in Vancouver

Dimitris (on behalf of the SFU team)

Dimitris Krallis
Associate Professor
Department of History &
Hellenic Studies Program
Simon Fraser University


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Ancient & Modern Research Award

Ancient & Modern: a Prize for Original Research

The ninth (2014/15) grant of £1,000 for a research project to be awarded to a candidate less than twenty-six or over sixty years

Application deadline April 30, 2015

Application details:

Also sponsored by Bonhams, Christies and Sotheby’s

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