Byzness 29/04/18

The Byzness, 29th April 2018



CONFERENCE – Tzetzes, 6-8 September 2018, Venice

We are pleased to announce the programme of the international colloquium ‘Tzetzes’, to be held in Venice from 6th to 8th September 2018.

Thursday 6th September

9:30   Opening of the colloquium: Giovannella Cresci, Head of the Department of Humanities
9:40   Alessandra Bucossi – Tzetzes and the twelfth century
10:20   Frederick Lauritzen – Allegory in eleventh- and twelfth-century Constantinople (Iliad 4.1)

11:20   Vlada Stankovic – John Tzetzes as an epistolographer and a witness of the creation of Manuel Komnenos’ autocracy
12:00   Giulia Gerbi – Epistulae ad exercitationem accommodatae: notes on some fictitious epistles by John Tzetzes

14:20   Aglae Pizzone – Why a self-commentary? Tzetzes’ Historiai and the emergence of a new genre in twelfth-century Byzantium
15:00   Julián Bértola – Tzetzes’ verse scholia: a particular case of book epigrams

16:00   Tommaso Braccini – A neglected manuscript of Tzetzes’ Allegories from the Verse-chronicle: first remarks
16:40   Jacopo Cavarzeran – “Euripides talks nonsense” (schol. Eur. Hipp. 1013b)
17:20   Thomas Coward – Discerning Tzetzes: Towards a new edition of Tzetzes’ commentary on Lycophron

Friday 7th September

9:00   Valeria Lovato – John Tzetzes’ reception of Orpheus, teacher of truth
9:40   Caterina Franchi – Una, nessuna, centomila: Penthesilea between Tzetzes and Eustathius
10:20   Corinne Jouanno – Tzetzes’ Alexander: between learned and popular culture

11:20   Ettore Cingano – Facing the early and classical authors: Tzetzes’ reliability as a source of rare information
12:00   Anna Novokhatko – παρὰ τῶν τεσσάρων τούτων σοφῶν: John Tzetzes as a critic

14:20   Johanna Michels – Tzetzes mythographus in Vaticanus Gr. 950
15:00   Minerva Alganza Roldán – Le Chiliadi di Tzetze e la tradizione mitografica: il caso di Palefato

16:00   Philip Rance – Tzetzes and the mechanographoi
16:40   Jesús Muñoz Morcillo – John Tzetzes on ekphrasis
17:20   Ugo Mondini – John of all trades: Carmina Iliaca and Tzetzes’ didactic programme

Saturday 8th September

9:00   Marc Lauxtermann – Buffaloes and bastards: Tzetzes on metre
9:40   Baukje van den Berg – Verses for his deceased brother: John Tzetzes’ didactic poetry and his treatise on metres
10:20   Enrico Magnelli – Tzetzes’ hexameter: not so unruly?

11:20   Yulia Mantova – Tzetzes’ legacy as a source on the socio-cultural use of invective in Byzantium
12:00   Tomasz Labuk – Tzetzes on the foul literary cuisine: contemporary Byzantine discourses and ancient literary engagements

The colloquium will take place in Ca’ Foscari, the University’s historical core, in the scenic Aula Baratto, overlooking the Grand Canal. The address is Dorsoduro 3246, 30123 Venice.

There is no registration fee, but space is limited, so participants are kindly requested to register their interest by emailing the organiser at by 31st July 2018.


Drugs in the Medieval World, 7-8 December 2018, King’s College London

Deadline: 22 June 2018

From the mid-eleventh century onwards the Mediterranean world was a hotbed of transcultural interactions to an even greater degree than had been the case in the past.  The field of pharmacology is particularly significant in this historical context in both social and cultural terms, because it involved practical matters, such as the administration of drugs, thus impacting on the everyday life of a large number of people of all social classes. Yet we lack comparative studies in this field or studies on the interrelationship between the different Mediterranean traditions, including the Byzantine, Islamic and Latin Western traditions, as well as on the role of minority ethno-religious groups, such as the Jews in the process of knowledge exchange. This conference seeks to promote discussion and research on the evidence for interaction between different cultures and regions in the medieval Mediterranean in an attempt to create a much more detailed and critical narrative. In doing so, it also aims to foster dialogue between scholars and disciplines by focusing, inter alia, on the following topics:

-transfer of pharmacological knowledge
-drug experimentation and drug therapy
-drugs as commodities (e.g. trade, diplomacy, consumption)
-drugs outside medicine (e.g. magic, alchemy)
-discovering new material in medieval pharmacology

Abstracts (of no more than 300 words) should be in English and include title of the paper, full name, academic affiliation, and contact details. These must be sent by Friday, June 22, 2018 to:

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