The Byzness 20/11/16

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The Byzness, 20th November 2016


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Workshop Asia Minor in the Long Sixth Century, Friday 2 and Saturday 3 December 2016, St. John’s College, Oxford.

This workshop brings together historians and archaeologists working on diverse aspects of Asia Minor in the sixth century, in order to produce a comprehensive impression of the quality of life during the last century or so before the end of Antiquity. Topics to be discussed include the physical development of large and small settlements, their financial situation, and the proportion between public and private investment. We will compare imperial, provincial, and local initiatives in city and countryside and examine the main motivations, including civic or personal pride, military incentives and, of course, religious stimuli.


The workshop will take place on Saturday 3 December. The evening before Andrew Wilson will present recent results of the Aphrodisias South Agora excavations. All are welcome.


For a poster with more details click here.




“Monastic Journeys from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages: Religious Aspirations, Political Goals and Economic Concerns”, 17-19 November, Viena





The New Testament in Syriac Roundtable, November 18, Institut protestant de théologie 83, Bd Arago 75014 Paris

For a full programme click here.


Late Roman and Early Islamic Discoveries at Metelis (Kom El-Ahmer) near Alexandria, Egypt. Dr Mohamed Kenawi (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria Centre for Hellenistic Studies) 11 am, Friday 25 November, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies,


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Marrying in Byzantium: Medieval Christian Liturgies in the Eastern Mediterranean World. Gabriel Radle, Mary Seeger O’Boyle Postdoctoral Fellow, Primceton Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies

Monday, November 21, 2016


4:30 p.m.


Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103


Across cultures, marriage is viewed as a key social and religious rite of passage. Yet no major study has been dedicated to the history of nuptials in Byzantium. The primary reason for this lacuna is the simple fact that the majority of liturgical manuscripts containing marriage rites have never been edited and remain scattered in monastic and national libraries around the world. This lecture will explore the evidence offered by these sources and examine the ways in which Christians of the medieval Eastern Mediterranean formed their marriage bonds through various church services and domestic rituals. The talk will compare these manuscripts to other textual sources, as well as extant visual and material evidence, in order to identify both common traits and regional variance in marriage ceremonies from Southern Italy to Palestine. The lecture will also raise a number of methodological questions regarding the historical study of Byzantine and Hellenic ritual culture.


Gabriel Radle specializes in the history of Christian ritual practice in the late ancient and medieval periods. His publications include studies on life cycle rites in the Middle East, monastic liturgy at Mt.  Sinai, medieval Christianity in Southern Italy, Byzantine migration patterns during the Arab conquest, and theories of prayer posture in East and West. He completed his doctorate in 2013 at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. He went on to hold fellowships at Yale University, Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Center for the Study of Christianity.






Australian Association for Byzantine Studies 19th Conference – Dreams, Memory and Imagination in Byzantium – Registration Open


Dreams, Memory and Imagination in Byzantium


Australian Association for Byzantine Studies 19th Conference, 24-26 February 2017, to be held at the Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.


Registration is now open; abstracts and programme are published.


Full details on the conference web site at


In the last two decades, the role of dreams, memory and the imagination in the ancient world and its cultural productions have come to receive increased attention, along with the importance of emotions in the Greco-Roman and medieval worlds. This conference will focus on the ways that the Byzantine imagination shaped its dreams and memories from the fourth to fifteenth centuries and the many ways in which these were recorded in the Byzantine world, in its historiography, literature, religion, art and architecture.


Guest speaker: Professor Derek Krueger, Greensboro University, North Carolina


Convenor: Dr Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University






CFP: Reception and Transformation of Ancient Sea Power


The reception of antiquity in the Middle Ages and especially the Early Modern period has been extensively studied. Sea power and thalassocracy are familiar topics in the fields of classics and ancient history. Nevertheless, only rarely have the two themes been combined, and to date there has been no overarching treatment of the later reception of ancient sea power.


In order to fill this gap, we organized a conference in Berlin in May 2015, entitled ‘Thalassokratographie: Rezeption und Transformation antiker Seeherrschaft’. This title was programmatic. On the one hand, we were interested in the act of writing about sea power and thalassocracy, in the act of creating images and ideas that gave ancient sea power a prominent place in later times – ‘thalassocrato-graphy’, so to speak, not ‘thalassocracy’. On the other, we were concerned with issues of transformation. The conference was not focused solely on a one-dimensional process of reception of classical antiquity in later epochs, but aimed above all to ask how, during this process, images and ideas of antiquity were newly created, with which intentions and to what ends, and how these newly-developed ideas about ancient texts, myths and narratives may even have influenced the later scholarly treatment of these phenomena.


We intend to publish the proceedingss of this conference, the program of which can be seen here: in a volume that will then be the first publication dedicated to this topic. It will be published as a volume in the series ‘Transformationen der Antike’ (de Gruyter), depending on a successful peer-review-process. In addition to the papers presented at the conference we would welcome further contributions (in English, German or French) that, while adhering to the approach outlined above, treat one of the following topics:


The reception of ancient sea power


  • in architecture
  • as part of monuments or fountains
  • in the visual arts, esp. in paintings
  • in music
  • in literature, esp. historical novels
  • in the naming of ships
  • in film, theatre and opera
  • in modern mass media



Submission Details

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short CV should be sent before 30 November 2016 to Those who submitted an abstract will be informed within two weeks after the deadline whether or not their proposals have been accepted. Final versions of accepted papers should then be submitted by 31 March 2017.


Christian Wendt ( and Hans Kopp ( will be glad to answer any questions you might have.




CFP: Building, Bending and Breaking Boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean World, Fifth CEMS International Graduate Conference, Budapest, 1-3 June

For more information click here.



Call for Applications: Medieval Ascension Narratives in Islamic and European Traditions Workshop

This is an interdisciplinary workshop called Medieval Ascension Narratives in Islamic and European Traditions organised by the Centre for Medieval Literature (CML) and the David Collection that will take place in Copenhagen in March 2017. The workshop will be led by CML researchers and Prof. Christiane Gruber (University of Michigan) who has written widely on Islamic book arts, ascension images and narratives, and depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. It is centred on the topic of ascension narratives, from al-Sarai’s Nahj al-Faradis to the Liber Scale Machometi and Dante’s Commedia and seeks to open new avenues and approaches asking, in particular, how can we conceptualize narratives that travel and are adapted, reformed, and reimagined across various temporal and geographical domains.


It is open to researchers from all disciplines but those who are interested in discussing questions of cross-cultural engagement, text and image issues, and medieval narratives across both the Islamic and European traditions.


Attached the Call for Applications.  Deadline: 10 December 2016.


For more information click here.



Call for articles: a Book Project Concerning Anatolian Bronzes

Dear Colleague,


We are now working on a book, entitled „Ancient Bronzes from Anatolia and Neighbouring Regions”. In this book it is our intention to collect new papers on Greek, Roman and Byzantine bronze finds from Asia Minor. These materials could be originated both from the field projects and local museums. We are hoping to submit this book approximately in February 2017 to the publisher. We would be happy if you could consider to send your article about Greek, Roman and Byzantine bronze finds from Asia Minor and other close regions until January 1, 2017. Please contact us about the publication guidelines and do not hesitate to share with us any of your thoughts relating to this book project.

Hoping to welcoming you in Lydia Symposium in May 2017 (circular of which I have attached to hereby), all my best wishes from Sinop, Turkey!


Gulseren KAN SAHIN


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Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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