The Byzness 15/01/17

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The Byzness, 15th January 2017


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The Archaeology and History of Jerash: 110 Years of Excavations, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters in Copenhagen, Denmark, 2-3 March 2017

You will find an outline of the conference as well as a programme here:


If you wish to attend the conference, please send an email to Rubina Raja ( ). Deadline: Wednesday 15 February 2017.




EHESS Seminars by Professor Marcello Gerzaniti (University of Florence)

The Patriarch Photios and Byzantine Mission

January 19, 2017, from 11 am to 13 pm – EHESS (Room 9), 105 bd Raspail 75006 Paris


The Cyrillo-méthodiennes sources and Slavic Mission

January 26, 2017, from 11 am to 13 pm – EHESS (Room 9), 105 bd Raspail 75006 Paris


Historical circumstances of the composition and purpose Soterios

February 2, 2017, from 11 am to 13 pm – EHESS (Room 9), 105 bd Raspail 75006 Paris


The Soterios and Slavonic Version

February 9, 2017, from 11 am to 13 pm – EHESS (Room 9), 105 bd Raspail 75006 Paris


Istanbul Urban Database

Istanbul Urban Database is an accessible, interactive mapping platform for historians, architects, city planners and other researchers to examine and contribute to the collective memory of Istanbul. This project is a sustainable platform that blends a wide range of historical data, and is the most comprehensive online archive of Istanbul’s urban history.


The project is an ongoing digital humanities project developed by Nil Tuzcu, a researcher at MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative. The project is being developed in collaboration with Professor Sibel Bozdogan, Gul Nese Dogusan Alexander, and Marysol Rivas Brito.


The platform presents a series of historical maps, aerial imagery, historical photos, geographical features like historical transportation routes, as well as many points of interest such as the historical beaches of Istanbul. Users can selectively examine historical maps or superimpose multiple maps with adjustable transparency values, and overlay georeferenced features to the base maps. The project also provides a tool for side-by-side comparison of two maps from different times, allowing users to examine in detail the changes took place over time.


Access the database at




New Volumes live in the Translated Texts for Historians E-Library


Khalifa ibn Khayyat’s History on the Umayyad Dynasty (660–750) Translated by Carl Wurtzel and edited by Robert G. Hoyland


Between City and School: Selected Orations of Libanius Translated by Raffaella Cribiore


Browse the 66 volumes currently available in the e-library:




Panel: Christian Responses to Ancient (Pagan) Mythography – Call for Papers

European Association for the Study of Religion 2017 Conference (Leuven, September 18-21)

How to talk about pagan myths as a Christian author? Both in the East and the West, cultural knowledge of ancient myths kept on being communicated long after the religious practices and the socio-cultural circumstances in which they had developed and thrived, died out.


Christian authors who wished to discuss Greek and Roman myth in their own literary creations (e.g. commentaries, education-oriented writings, mythistory, etc.) could find an aid and example in ancient mythographic texts. In the first place, these predecessors transmitted a wealth of material and had developed a way of communicating myth by stripping away the social, historical, literary, and ritual contexts which were neither relevant nor wanted in the age of Christianity.


Secondly, ancient mythography also included criticism of myths. By rationalizing supernatural events and historicizing mythical figures, mythographers such as Palaephatus and Euhemerus offered a tool to render them more suitable for consumption.


It is the aim of this panel to open a discussion on mythographic practices in a Christian context. We invite scholars to present a case-study of Christian-period writings that incorporate mythographic material, are inspired by Greek or Latin mythographic writings, and/or adopt a mythographic approach to myth. Each contribution will be allotted 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes discussion) in two sessions of three papers each.


Is mythography in a Christian era merely a stagnant continuation of an ancient practice? Or do these authors introduce innovation by assimilating the genre to their own background? Do they develop new tools to adapt them to a Christian worldview or do they adopt the rationalizing methods of their predecessors? How do they position themselves towards the ancient mythical and mythographic tradition? This panel seeks to shed light on the new place of pagan myths and the genre of mythography in Christian societies.


Chairs: Johanna Michels (KU Leuven) & Katrien Levrie (Research Foundation Flanders / KU Leuven)


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Deadline for submission of abstracts (300 words maximum) is January 31, 2017. Submission via the website and more information about the EASR conference:




Editing Late-Antique and Late Medieval Texts: Problems and Challenges, International Workshop, University of Lisbon, 23-24 November 2017

Call for Papers


This workshop aims at fostering and promoting the exchange of ideas on how to edit Late-Antique and Early-Medieval texts. By presenting case-studies, participants will be encouraged to share the editorial problems and methodological challenges that they had to face in order to fulfil their research or critical editions. Troublesome issues will be addressed like how to edit, for instance,

– an ‘open’ text or a ‘fluid’ one (as in the case of some glossaries, grammatical texts, chronicles or scientific treatises),

– a Latin text translated from another language, like Greek, or bilingual texts (like some hagiographic texts, hermeneumata, Latin translations of Greek medical treatises, etc.),

– a text with variants by the author or in double recensions,

– a text with linguistic instability,

– a collection of extracts,

– a lost text recoverable from scanty remnants or fragments,

– a text transmitted by a codex unicus or a text transmitted by a huge number of manuscripts,

– a text with a relevant indirect tradition,

– homiliaries and passionaries as collections of selected texts.

Attention will be devoted to different aspects of editorial practice and textual criticism.


Keynote speakers

Carmen Codoñer (Univ. Salamanca), Paolo Chiesa (Univ. Milano), Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute).



The papers should be 30 minutes in length and will focus on the edition of late-antique and early Medieval texts, in particular on editions currently in preparation, forthcoming or recently concluded. The scientific committee will select a number of proposals to be presented and discussed during the workshop. The papers can be presented in English, French, Italian and Spanish.


An abstract of around 200 words, including the name, institution and email, should be sent before May 30 2017 to: . Acceptance of the papers will be communicated until June 30, 2017.


Inscription fees

70 € for participating with paper.

50 € for Ph.D. students presenting a paper.

The payment should be done before July 31, 2017. Bank account details will be provided later. The fee includes the coffee breaks and a special dinner on the evening of first day of the workshop.


Organizing Committee

Paulo F. Alberto (Univ. Lisboa), David Paniagua (Univ. Salamanca), Rossana Guglielmetti (Univ. Milano).



The sessions will be held at Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa, Alameda da Universidade, Lisbon.


More information at: Webpage:




PhD placements in Greek Papyri at the British Library

The British Library is offering a PhD placement opportunity for a student working on Greek papyri. This three-month placement will allow someone studying various aspects of Greek literature, papyrology, Late Antique history and religion to have first-hand experience with the ancient sources preserved in one of the world’s most renowned collections of papyri.


For more information follow this link:









Mirela Ivanova

DPhil Candidate in History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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