Blog about the Eastern Roman Empire or the Christian Byzantine Empire. Also about the archaeologist and historian Dr. Bernard Mulholland. Bernard is author of the novel Nazareth Quest, which is an intense thriller set in Israel. He has also published Ratio Analysis of Financial KPI in the Higher Education Sector, The Early Byzantine Christian Church, Early Byzantine Ireland, and Navan Fort Ireland. He is also author of The Man From MENSA, which is a history of this iconic high-IQ society.
From public performances on the Roman stage, private orations at opulent dinner parties, and pantomimes enthralling crowds on street corners, the ancient world was saturated with theatrical spectacle. This was the performative reality into which Christianity was born, grew and spread. The likes of Tertullian, Clement, Arnobius and Tatian all offered early criticism of such popular entertainments, some rejecting them outright. Whilst some vocal early Christians clearly felt attendance at (or even indifference towards) these events to be a display of sinful vice, figures such as Paul and James described the Christian life as a public spectacle, while Clement and Tertullian borrowed theatrical language to illustrate their Christological understanding. Either way, these growing communities not only engaged with but thought with this ubiquitous element of ancient culture.
While the relationship between Christians and the Roman arena has been widely evaluated – particularly because of the connections between such public entertainments and early Christian martyr narratives – the relationship between Christians and the theatre remains understudied. This conference therefore invites papers on all aspects of the intersection between Christians and the stage in the Graeco-Roman world. From the parodying of dramatic dialogues in apologetic literature to the role of Christians within the physical space of the Roman theatre, this conference seeks to explore the rich intersection between the early church and ancient performance.
We are delighted to announce Prof. Helen Bond (University of Edinburgh) and Prof. Simon Goldhill (University of Cambridge) as the two keynote speakers of the conference.
Abstracts of up to 250 words for a 25 minute paper should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 17.00 on 1st July 2023. We particularly welcome submissions that engage the conference theme across interdisciplinary boundaries, from postgraduate students, and from members of communities traditionally under-represented in academia.
The Berliner Antike-Kolleg is an alliance between the partner institutions Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte. It promotes collaboration in research, graduate teaching, public engagement and the development of digital applications in all areas of Ancient Studies. For further information see www.berliner-antike-kolleg.org.
The fellowships are open to scholars at any career level after the PhD. Fellows are expected to be resident in Berlin for the duration of the fellowship and to carry out an innovative research project in tandem with (a) Berlin-based colleague(s) who will be hosting the fellow at one of the partner institutions and who should be named in the application. This project may also be a pilot study in preparation of a larger research project to be developed in collaboration with the Berlin based partner. While any topic in any area of Ancient Studies is welcome, applicants are encouraged to submit a research proposal related to the Berliner Antike-Kolleg’s annual theme for 2023/24, “Conflicts and how to deal with them”. Fellows are further expected to take part in activities of the Berliner Antike-Kolleg as appropriate, such as relevant seminars of the Berlin Graduate School for Ancient Studies, the lecture series “Current Issues in Ancient Studies”, or other public lectures and outreach events.
Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2500 Euros. In addition, travel costs, research expenses, and the organization of workshops can be covered.
The Ghent University Departments of Linguistics, Literary Studies, and History are hiring 2 doctoral researchers for the GOA-project
“Interconnected texts. A graph-based computational approach to Byzantine paratexts as nodes between textual transmission and cultural and linguistic developments”
Description of the research project
The research team of the GOA (Concerted Research Action) project “Interconnected texts” at Ghent University is inviting applications for two PhD fellowships. The project is based upon the corpus of Byzantine book epigrams available at https://www.dbbe.ugent.be/. It aims to investigate book epigrams as texts at the threshold between the material and the textual, with a focus on their formulaic nature, and to explore the possibilities of innovative technologies to pursue multifaceted humanities research. The project brings together linguistic, literary, historical and computational experts.
Description of the research positions
PhD Fellowship 1: Linguistics
The first PhD candidate will be embedded within the work package ‘Linguistics’, the main aim of which is to better understand formulaic phraseology in the DBBE corpus. More specifically, the PhD candidate will study the different types of formulaic patterns that occur in the corpus, create a typology of the deviations of standard patterns that can be found, and situate the use of formulae in its broader literary and socio-cultural context, making a comparison with other Byzantine and/or Ancient Greek corpora. In order to answer these research questions, the PhD candidate will apply insights from linguistic disciplines such as historical sociolinguistics and cognitive linguistics – under the guidance of the main supervisor, Klaas Bentein – and work closely together with other PhD students and team members who are applying digital methods to the corpus and its metadata (natural language processing, graph-based data exploitation and analysis). The research is expected to lead to a PhD thesis, either in the form of a monograph or a collection of single- or co-authored articles and chapters. Next to the PhD thesis, the candidate will be expected to engage in a limited amount of teaching and dissemination activities that are connected to the research.
PhD Fellowship 2: Manuscript culture
This PhD candidate will be engaged in the Work Package ‘Manuscript Culture’. This WP will investigate the multiple connections that book epigrams establish between the material production of texts and their intellectual, spiritual and/or social significance in Byzantine society. Research questions involve various reading strategies that book epigrams propose for specific texts, as well as discourses of community building present in these epigrams. The research is situated at the intersection of Byzantine Studies, Palaeography and Manuscript Studies, and Digital Humanities.
The PhD student will perform research in preparation of a doctoral dissertation on a specific innovative theme within this general framework. The dissertation will be supervised by Floris Bernard (Medieval Greek literature) and Els De Paermentier (Medieval history and manuscript studies). The candidate will make extensive use of the Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams, working closely together with the other members of the research team. The student will regularly exchange intermediary results and help evaluate the computational tools developed within the project. The candidate will disseminate the research results in (partly co-authored) publications, implement the research in (limited) teaching duties, and create public awareness of the Greek manuscript heritage.
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North of Byzantium – an initiative organized by Maria Alessia Rossi and Alice Isabella Sullivan – explores the rich history, art, and culture of the northern frontiers of the Byzantine Empire in Eastern Europe between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries. Through annual events, publications, and resources, the initiative addresses issues of visual eclecticism in art and architecture, patronage, the transfer of artistic ideas and styles, and charts how cross-cultural exchange operated in regions of the Balkan Peninsula, the Carpathian Mountains, and further north, which developed at the crossroads of the Latin, Greek, Slavic, and Islamic cultural spheres.
On this website you will find information about the project’s mission and its organizers, news about upcoming events and publications, as well as resources and links for study, teaching, and research.
Dear colleagues, We would like to inform you about a series of lectures on Byzantine culture that will take place at the University of Göttingen in the coming semester. Please find attached the programme. You are welcome to attend the lectures in person or online.
All best wishes, Jon C. Cubas Díaz Margherita Matera Georgi Parpulov Maria Tomadaki