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The Byzness, 18th May 2015

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Vienna Bibliography, no. 160 April 2015

Please find here.


ICLS Byzantine Colloquium “Arcadia: Real and Ideal” (8-9 June 2015) is postponed

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We regret to inform you that the 2015 Institute of Classical Studies Byzantine Colloquium “Arcadia: Real and Ideal”, planned to take place in Senate House, University of London on 8-9 June 2015 has had to be postponed due to reasons beyond our control.

The new date will be announced in due course.

With best wishes and apologies for any inconvenience caused.

The Organising Committee,

George Vassiadis, Nil Pektas and Charalambos Dendrinos


The Byzantine Republic: a Round-Table Discussion with Benet Salway, Dennis Stathakopoulos, and Anthony Kaldellis, June 4th, 6pm, University College London, room 106, Department of Greek and Latin.

In a revolutionary new book, Anthony Kaldellis reconnects Byzantium to its Roman roots, arguing that from the fifth to the twelfth centuries CE the Eastern Roman Empire was essentially a republic, with power exercised on behalf of the people and sometimes by them too. The Byzantine Republic recovers for the historical record a less autocratic, more populist Byzantium whose Greek-speaking citizens considered themselves as fully Roman as their Latin-speaking “ancestors.”

Kaldellis shows that the idea of Byzantium as a rigid imperial theocracy is a misleading construct of Western historians since the Enlightenment. With court proclamations often draped in Christian rhetoric, the notion of divine kingship emerged as a way to disguise the inherent vulnerability of each regime. The legitimacy of the emperors was not predicated on an absolute right to the throne but on the popularity of individual emperors, whose grip on power was tenuous despite the stability of the imperial institution itself. Kaldellis examines the overlooked Byzantine concept of the polity, along with the complex relationship of emperors to the law and the ways they bolstered their popular acceptance and avoided challenges.
The rebellions that periodically rocked the empire were not aberrations, he shows, but an essential part of the functioning of the republican monarchy.


Taylor Bodleian Slavonic and Modern Greek Library

The library will o longer open on Saturdays from the end of Trinity Term 2015

The Taylor Bodleian Slavonic and Modern Greek Library (TABS) will no longer open on Saturdays from the end of Trinity Term 2015.  The last Saturday on which the library will be open will be 20th June.

This change to opening hours was approved by the Committee on Library Provision and Strategy in Modern Languages on Thursday 30th April.  Should the proposed relocation of TABS to the Taylor Institution Library proceed in summer 2016, Slavonic and Modern Greek collections will be available 9 am-7 pm Monday to Friday, and 10 am-4 pm on Saturdays.
TABS second floor will close this summer
We would also like to give advance notice that due to the move of technical services staff, and as part of the project to relocate TABS, the second floor of TABS will close this summer.  The Czech holdings will be moved to the first floor.  Access to the Library will otherwise remain the same.


Summer 2015 Courses at Notre Dame: Medieval Latin, Latin palaeography, Byzantine Greek

Courses listed below are being offered in Summer 2015. Other departments (e.g., Theology, Philosophy) may offer courses of interest to summer session students. Please consult the Summer Session web site for a complete list of all the summer courses offered at Notre Dame.

MI 40004/MI 60004 Medieval Latin

MI 40005/MI 60005 Latin Paleography: Reading the Medieval Digital Book

MI 40589/MI 60589 The Troubadours and the Medieval Occitan Literary Tradition

MI 60693 Patristic and Byzantine Greek


Piroska and the Pantokrator conference June 3, 2015 Budapest

Please find the poster with programme here.



Dire la ville en grec aux époques antique et byzantine, 10-11 June 2016, Paris

Please find the call for papers here.



NEC Fellowships for applicants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia – deadline 28 June

Fellowship program at New Europe College, Bucharest, for applicants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine (other post-soviet countries may also be considered) – deadline 28 June

Please check the announcement here:


Fulbright Bulgaria dual country fellowships
Fulbright Bulgaria offers fellowships for U.S. students, MA/PhD candidates, young professionals and artists to conduct research, study or exercise their talents for one academic year. We are looking for motivated candidates who are interested in conducting research projects with an academic, artistic or non-governmental Bulgarian institution, independent library or field research, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination of such activities.
Fulbright Bulgaria also offers joint grants with neighboring countries:

Bulgaria-Greece Fulbright Joint Research Award

Bulgaria-Romania Fulbright Study/Research Award

Our joint grants give researchers the opportunity to work on a cross-country project, spending one semester in Bulgaria and one in Greece or Romania. These grants are especially suitable for candidates interested in archeology, history and art history, Balkan studies, trans-border/emigration studies, economics, tourism, preservation of cultural heritage, political science, social sciences, classical studies, and the arts. Well-qualified candidates will be considered at all degree levels and in all fields.

The 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Student competition is now open. Competition Deadline is October 13, 2015, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To apply, More information about the Bulgarian Fulbright program is available at


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