The Oxford Listings – Week 6

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Michaelmas Term 2016
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MONDAY 14 November

15:00 Medieval Archaeology Seminar

Kate Weikert (Winchester):

The Past in the Present: Anglo-Saxon Memorialization and Identities at Ely Cathedral in the Twelfth Century




17:00   Medieval History Seminar
Wharton Room, All Souls College

Maria Elena Cortese (International Telematic University Uninettuno, Rome)

The crystallisation of the aristocracy in post-Carolingian Tuscany, 9th-11th


TUESDAY 15 November

17:00 Medieval Church and Culture Seminar

Carpenter Room, Harris Manchester College

Hannah Skoda (St John’s)

Nostalgia and a Moral Ideal in the Fourteenth Century



17:00 Graduate and Early Career Workshop

Swire Room, University College

Johannes Pahlitzsch (Mainz)

Byzantium outside Byzantium: Fellow Christians under Muslim Rule


The Melkites differed very much from the other Christian communities in the Near East under Islamic rule because of their special relation to Byzantium. While this relation was quite ambiguous in the Early Islamic period so that the Melkites developed to a certain extent their own identity as an Arab Orthodox, i.e. Chalcedonian, Church, the situation changed after the Byzantine reconquest of Northern Syria in the second half of the 10th century and the establishment of the doukaton of Antioch. From then on the Melkite Church was increasingly “byzantinised”, especially in the field of liturgy and law.


Independent of this development although not unaffected by it the priority of the ecclesiastical leaders of the Melkite Church was to preserve their community’s separate identity and to guarantee its survival. The problems they faced and the measures they took to achieve these goals as well as the attitude of the common believer will be discussed with regard to the legal collection of the Melkites and Greek and Arabic hagiographical texts about conversion to Islam from the 9th to the 11th centuries.


Please find the texts to be discussed here.
WEDNESDAY 16 November


14:00 Byzantine-Chinese Reading Group

Ioannou Centre (note move from last week)

Yegor Grebnev (Merton) and Marek Jankowiak (Wolfson)


Contact for more details.




17:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar

Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies
Michael Featherstone (Oxford)

Historical symbolism of the Great Palace of Constantinople

THURSDAY 17 November


17:00 Late Roman Seminar
Seminar Room, Corpus Christi

Jaś Elsner (Corpus Christi College, Oxford):

The Muse casket from the Esquiline Treasure




17:00 The Hensley Henson Lectures: Bede and the writing of History

Examination Schools,

Prof. Sarah Foot:

The English

FRIDAY 18 November

9:30 Byzantine Text Seminar

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

Reading: John Mauropous’ Life of Dorotheos the Younger, a local 11th-C. saint from Chiliokomos in the Pontos region




11:00   Late Antique and Byzantine Archaeology and Art Seminar
First Floor Seminar Room, Ioannou Centre

Paul Wordsworth:

The legacy of a Sassanian frontier? Barda’a (Azerbaijan), capital of Arran in the early Islamic period



12:00 Byzantine Literature Lectures

Ioannou Centre,

Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College)

The Lesser Known Texts of the Eleventh Century




00:00 Deadline for Abstracts for the 19th OUBS International Graduate Conferece: Transmitting and Circulating the Late Antique and Byzantine Worlds

 More information here.




Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society









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