Byzantine Workshops: Peasants in the Byzantine World (2 May 2023)

A one-day workshop entitled Peasants in the Byzantine World: The State of the Question will be held at the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens on 2 May 2023, the first in the series “Byzantine Workshops” co-organized by the Institute of Historical Research (NHRF), the École française d’Athènes and CNRS, HiSoMA UMR 5189.

The workshop’s program is attached and below.

You may also join via Zoom by following the link:

Peasants in the Byzantine World: The State of the Question

A one-day workshop co-organized by the Ecole française d’Athènes, the Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation, and CNRS, HiSoMA UMR 5189.


9:00–9:20 Coffee and welcome 

Welcome: Laurianne Martinez-Sève, directrice des études antiques et byzantines, EfA –– Anastasia Yangaki, Section of Byzantine Studies, IHR, NHRF –– Anna Lampadaridi, CNRS, HiSoMA UMR 5189.

–– 9:20–9:30 Introduction, morning session: Kostis Smyrlis & Charalambos Gasparis

9:30–10:10 Paolo Tedesco (University of Tübingen): What was life like for Late Antique peasants? A Reassessment (CE 300–600)

10:10–10:50 Constantin Zuckermann (EPHE): Le statut de la communauté paysanne du Code rural

10:50–11:20 Coffee break

11:20–12:00 Kostis Smyrlis (NHRF): The making of the Byzantine peasant, 11th–14th c.

12:00–12:40 Charalambos Gasparis (NHRF): The peasants in late medieval Venetian Crete: Are there still new questions to be answered?

12:40–14:30 Lunch break

–– 14:30–14:40 Introduction, afternoon session: Priscilla Ralli & Geoffrey Meyer-Fernandez 

14:40–15:20 Αthanasios Vionis (University of Cyprus): The archaeology of the villages of the Byzantine world (4th–15th c.)

15:20–16:00 Priscilla Ralli (EfA): Local workshops and rural settlements in the Late Antique Peloponnese

16:00–16:30 Coffee break

16:30–17:10 Geoffrey Meyer-Fernandez (EfA): L’apport de l’histoire de l’art à la culture des paysans du royaume de Chypre : le cas du décor peint de la Panagia à Moutoullas (1280)

17:10–17:50 Lilyana Yordanova (EfA): Searching for the peasant in the art and material culture of the central Balkans (13th–15th c.)


Author: Dr. Bernard Mulholland

Dr. Bernard Mulholland is a Byzantinist, archaeologist, historian and Patristics scholar with a Ph.D. in history (QUB, 2012). Bernard's publications include: Fiction: Bernard Mulholland, Nazareth Quest (2022). Non-fiction: Bernard Mulholland, The man from MENSA - 1 of 600: Mensa research (2016). ---, The man from MENSA - 1 of the 600: Politics 1990-1995 (2016). ---, Ratio analysis of financial KPI in the Higher Education sector: a case study (2018). ---, Early Byzantine Ireland: a survey of the archaeological evidence (2021). ---, Navan Fort, Ireland: archaeological and palaeoecological analysis (2021). ---, The Early Byzantine Christian Church (Oxford, 2014). ---, 'Identification of Early Byzantine Constantinopolitan, Syrian, and Roman church plans in the Levant and some possible consequences', Patristic Studies in the twenty-first century: proceedings of an international conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies, ed. Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, Theodore de Bruyn and Carol Harrison (Turnhout, 2015), 597-633. Mulholland, B. (2021). 'Can archaeology inform the climate change debate?' Academia Letters, Article4385.

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