New online resource: Digital Encyclopedia of Atticism

Bernard Mulholland, ‘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.

The ERC project Purism in Antiquity: Theories of Language in Greek Atticist Lexica and their Legacy (PURA), based at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, is delighted to announce the opening of its Digital Encyclopedia of Atticism (DEA), accessible at
DEA collects our work on the lexicographic entries in the Atticist lexica and their linguistic history; the major scholars and works of the ancient and Byzantine Atticist debate; and the transmission of the lexica in the medieval and early modern periods. All contents are open access, peer-reviewed, and are published under a Creative Commons license.

At the moment, DEA contains 50 entries dealing with Greek words or linguistic phenomena discussed in Atticist lexica. Each entry is divided into an initial section that collects Greek texts in English translation, and a second section that contains a philological and linguistic commentary on the use of the lemma throughout the history of Greek (Ancient, Byzantine, and Modern Greek where appropriate). A search tool allows users to search the content of these entries. User guides provide assistance in navigating the various sections of the site.

In the future, DEA will open its sections Scholars & works, and Transmission: Manuscripts & Editions. Other instalments of lexicographic entries will be uploaded throughout the lifespan of the project.

DEA has been made possible by an ERC Consolidator grant (grant agreement no. 865817) and by collaboration with the Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities.
Contents have been created with the Cadmus program, developed by Daniele Fusi.
Our partners include the Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “A. Zampolli” – CNR Pisa, a member of the Clarin-IT cluster, and Edizioni Ca’ Foscari – Venice University Press. We also acknowledge the invaluable collaboration of PURA’s Advisory board.

The PURA team hope that this resource will be useful to all those interested in the use of the Greek language, its evolution, and ancient theories about linguistic correctness. Much of our work may be of interest to scholars working on Byzantine literature, scholarship and linguistic history, so we encourage you to visit DEA.

Open-access databases of the National Hellenic Research Foundation

Bernard Mulholland, Ratio analysis of financial KPI in the Higher Education sector: a case study (2018).

The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) provides open access to 16 databases concerning Byzantine History and especially Byzantine Greece:

Based on the scrutiny of a large body of primary and secondary sources by members of the Section of Byzantine Research of the IHR/NHRF and associated scholars, the databases provide various search possibilities in certain types of texts (historiography and hagiography) and in specific topics (e.g. gastronomy, bookbinding, imported ceramics, raw materials, natural resources and agricultural products, domestic and wild fauna, Greek merchants), as well as a catalogue of the Byzantine documents kept in the archives of the monastery of Saint John the Theologian in Patmos, notes found in manuscripts of the same monastery, the diplomatic transcriptions of Greek post-Byzantine documents kept in the archives of the monasteries of Mount Athos, a gazetteer of late Byzantine conflicts, a prosopographical index (for the Venetian colonies in Greece), a catalogue of western religious orders in Greece. Of special note is the “Kyrtou Plegmata” platform, which offers search possibilities in the trade and communication networks in and around Greece from Prehistory to the 19th c. 
The IHR/NHRF also provides open access to a number of e-books regarding Byzantine History:

King’s College London Ancient Languages Summer School 2023: Intensive courses in Ancient Greek, Intensive courses in Latin

Bernard Mulholland, Ratio analysis of financial KPI in the Higher Education sector: a case study (2018).

King’s College London offers two six-week courses (3 July – 11 August 2023) in Ancient Greek and Latin.  These courses offer students who have not previously had the opportunity to study Greek or Latin intensive training designed to bring them from complete beginners to a point where they are able to read simple texts.  They are ideal for students who intend to study for a Masters or Doctoral degree to get ahead during the summer, thus acquiring an essential skill for their future research. They are also appropriate for teachers, undergraduates, mature students and anyone with an interest in the Hellenic or Roman world. 

It is also possible for complete beginners to take just the first half of the course (3 – 21 July), and for those who already have a basic knowledge to take the second half of the course (24 July – 11 August).  

 Students may choose to study on campus or online.  

Students may choose to take the courses with or without an examination (£900 without exam; £1150 with exam per 3-week course). 

Bursaries are available. For further details and to make an application:

Summer School (hybrid): King’s College, London, UK, Ancient Languages Summer School, 2023. Intensive courses in Ancient Greek and Latin (Beginners and Intermediate), 3rd July – 11th August, 2023

Bernard Mulholland, The man from MENSA – 1 of 600: Mensa research (2016).

King’s Ancient Languages Summer School 2023

We offer two Intensive Courses in Ancient Greek and Latin. These courses are six weeks long, with the option to study either the first three week block (for absolute beginners) or the second three week block (for students at intermediate level).

You may choose to study on-campus or online.

  • Session 1: Beginners’ Ancient Greek or Beginner’s Latin: Monday 3 July to Friday 21 July 2023
  • Session 2: Intermediate Ancient Greek or Intermediate Latin: Monday 24 July to Friday 11 August 2023.

Who are these courses for?

These courses offer those who have not previously had the opportunity to study Ancient Greek or Latin intensive training designed to bring you from complete beginners to being able to read simple texts in Ancient Greek or Latin. These sessions are ideal for:

  • Anyone with an interest in the Hellenic or Roman world.


  • Those intend to study for a Masters or Doctoral degree and wish to get ahead over the summer.
  • Undergraduates and Postgraduates from any university, or Y12 and Y13 school pupils.
  • Teachers
  • Mature students
  • Current Department of Classics students at King’s More information.

Lectures & Visits

As well as being highly intensive, the courses offer a friendly and supportive environment. There are workshops by guest lecturers offering an introduction to skills such as epigraphy, and we also hope to offer guided tours or behind-the-scenes sessions at the British Museum. 


If you wish to book accommodation to join our ancient languages summer school, you can find further information about King’s accommodation here(Accommodation fees are not included in the ancient languages summer school).


We are able to offer a number of bursaries of up to £500. 

If you intend to apply for a bursary, please insert BURSARY APPLICANT at the top of your personal statement on your application.

To apply for a bursary- after receiving confirmation of your place – please follow the below steps:

  1. Send your CV and letter of application (either by post or email) outlining your current school or university; your current or pending qualifications; your future plans for research or teaching; why the summer school will benefit you; any particular financial (or other) circumstances which you would like to draw our attention to.
  2. Please give the name, address, and email address of one academic referee and ask him/her to send a reference directly to


For information on the syllabus, please see the following pages:

More Information

For more information about the Ancient Greek or Latin courses, please contact: Dr Fiona Haarer (

Workshop (in person): Workshop on Editorial Practices of Byzantine Texts, 24th May, 2023, University of Ghent, Belgium

Workshop (in person): Workshop on Editorial Practices of Byzantine Texts, 24th May, 2023, University of Ghent, Belgium.  For further information and registration procedure, please click here. All welcome!

Workshop on Editorial Practices of Byzantine Texts

During the past few decades, scholars have initiated debates about the methodologies of editing Byzantine texts. Several questions that had not been asked before, especially in relation to the specificity of Byzantine texts and manuscripts, have finally come to the forefront.

The intellectual authorship of a Byzantine text and its physical materialization often overlap and interact with each other. Many manuscripts, if not literally autographs, stand very close to the original version of texts. Sometimes, there is not even one single original, but the different versions are the reflection of authorial drafts or later elaborations. Manuscripts are often nonuniform and unstable, and present a complex and multilayered hierarchy of texts. Also, the changing linguistic reality of the Middle Ages in tension with a strong school tradition of grammar produces texts that invite the interventions of editors.

This workshop gathers together a group of scholars willing to share their reflections and experiences with editing medieval Byzantine texts. The workshop will address these and other similar questions:

  • How should editors deal with punctuation and accentuation? Which are the meaningful practices in manuscripts? And how do these relate to the oral performance and visual layout of texts?
  • How should editors reproduce unconventional orthography, linguistic flexibility and the fluctuation of registers? Which role does “school grammar” play in this respect?
  • Which is the role of literary genres and textual types? How should editions mark intertextuality and parallels? And what about the case of metaphrasis and rewriting?
  • What is the best way to edit texts that depend on other texts, such as commentaries and marginal scholia? And how can editors synoptically display the layers of successive annotations and textual expansions?
  • Why and how should we edit unfinished and preliminary texts, especially when a more accomplished version is preserved? Similarly, how should we treat apographa, especially the late copies of pre-Byzantine texts?


Date: Wednesday 24 May 2023

Location: leslokaal 0.4 (Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent)

9-9.30: Introduction (Floris Bernard – Julián Bértola)

9.30-10.10: “The challenges of editing rhetorical texts” (Antonia Giannouli)

10.10-10.50: “The complexities of editing florilegia” (Alessandra Bucossi)

10.50-11.10: Coffee break

11.10-11.50: “Editing Andronikos Kallistos’ works: Problems, remarks, solutions” (Luigi Orlandi)

11.50-12.30: “Editing Aristotle’s Organon in 1495: The models for Aldus Manutius’s Editio princeps of the First Analytics” (José Maksimczuk)

12.30-14: Lunch break

14-14.40: “A liturgical poem on the passion of Christ (BHG 413m) and its editorial challenges” (Maria Tomadaki)


“Open traditions: Use and reuse of book epigrams” (Rachele Ricceri)

15.20-15.40: Coffee break

15.40-16.20: “Between Symeon the Logothete and Theophanes Continuatus: How to edit the intermediary versions (Logothete B)” (Staffan Wahlgren)

16.20-17: “Byzantine linguistic reality and the edition of texts” (Martin Hinterberger)

17-17.30: Wrap-up session


This event is open for anyone who is interested to attend.

To attend the conference, please register here.

The Vocabulary of Constantine of Preslav’s Uchitel’noe evangelie (‘Didactic Gospel’): Old Bulgarian-Greek and Greek-Old Bulgarian Word Indices

The so-called Didactic Gospel is a crucial late-9th-century Slavonic monument comprised of 51 sermons on the Sunday Gospel readings for the whole church year. The majority of these orations (except for the 42nd one) are translated from Greek catenae but their introductions and conclusions are originally Bulgarian, just as the prolegomena to the whole codex. The project aims at creating two word indices of the Old Bulgarian-Greek and of the Greek-Old Bulgarian corelates of this corpus. Another important goal is to find more exact Byzantine sources than the already published ones and thus to come to the best possible word equivalents. The indices will provide a stable scholarly basis for further investigations on the language of the time, the translation peculiarities and personal style of the prominent Old Bulgarian man of letters. One of the side-effects of the project is going to be the free distribution of a set of programs for glossary making with which to prepare inidices of other translated Old Church Slavonic monuments.

More information

The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar is designed to showcase the breadth of graduate research in modern Late Antique and Byzantine Studies and to foster academic collaboration across institutions and sub-disciplines.

The seminar takes place weekly on Mondays at 12.30-14.00 (BST), via Zoom. The speaker will present for 40-45 minutes, followed by audience questions and discussion.

To register to attend, please contact All are very welcome.

This term’s papers will be:

  • Monday 24th April
  • Prolet Decheva (University College Dublin), Late Antique Personifications of Abstract Ideas and Elite Identity 
  • Monday 1st May
  • Paul Ulishney (University of Oxford), The Crisis of the Chalcedonian Episcopate in Egypt, c. 652-c. 710 
  • Monday 8th May
  • Valeria Annunziata (La Sapienza Università di Roma), Challenging Authorities: How and Why Byzantine Scholars Emended Classical and Authoritative Texts 
  • Monday 15th May
  • Benjamin Morris (Cardiff University), ‘Against All Men’: The Movement of Military Service in Byzantine and English Treaties, 900-1200 
  • Monday 22nd May
  • Emily Chesley (Princeton University), Collateral Damage: Eastern Women’s Experiences in the Roman-Persian Wars, 4th-6th c. 
  • Monday 5th June
  • Peter Boudreau (McGill University), Keeping Time in Byzantium: Temporal Imagery and Thought in the Calendars of Later Byzantium 
  • Monday 12th June
  • Jack Dooley (Royal Holloway, University of London), Between the ‘self’ and the ‘other’: the case of the gasmouloi in Late Byzantium 
  • Monday 19th June
  • Rachel Catherine Patt (Princeton University), From Pliny’s Potter to Proclus’ Vision: Tracing the Role of Pothos in Byzantine Visual Culture

British School at Athens International Symposium | 3 May 2023

We are delighted to invite you to an international symposium on 3 May 2023 at 9am-3pm (UK) / 11am-5pm (Greece) taking place in-person in the Upper House at the BSA (52 Souedias Street, Athens, GR 106 76) and online via Zoom!

From Sparta to Lacedaemon: daily lifeways of a Byzantine city

This international symposium aims to bring together multifocal viewpoints to analyse the social and economic dynamics of Lacedaemon, as Sparta was known in post-classical periods. Combining archaeological, numismatic and textual sources, the papers presented in this symposium will shed light on the settlement trajectory of Sparta from Late Antiquity to the 14th century AD. Topics related to trade patterns, economic, social values and cultural identification will be discussed. Mutually informing research questions that the papers can address are:

Q. 1. How was the ancient city of Sparta reconfigured in the Late Antique and Byzantine period? What was the role of the ancient monuments in the post-classical city? How was the religious landscape defined in Late Antiquity and Byzantine periods?

Q. 2. What economic activities took place in the city? What type of crafts and trade took place in Sparta? How far was Sparta part of a regional and supra-regional trade network?

Finally, Sparta will also be related to the Laconian rural landscape to give an overview of the relationship between the city and its hinterland.

The programme can be viewed here:

To attend IN PERSON please register here:

To attend ONLINE please register here:

Job – Teaching Fellow in Classics – Durham University

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The Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University invites applications for a fixed-term (16 months full time) position of Teaching Fellow with a particular expertise in the history of late antiquity, as well as the ability to teach Latin and Greek language and literature. Teaching Fellows normally have a teaching load of 4 modules in total, over the course of the year. Modules to be taught in AY 2023-24 include half of CLAS 1791 (Empire and Religion in the Age of Constantine); all of CLAS 3671 (The Late Roman World); all of CLAS 2191 (Advanced Latin 2a) and may also include teaching for existing modules in Greek or Latin language and literature. Applications are due by noon on April 26th, with the successful application ideally in post by 1st September 2023 (the position is until 31 December 2024). The salary will be at Grade 7, £36,333 – £43,155 per annum. This position may suit candidates who have recently completed or are currently completing their PhD.

For full details and to apply, please visit this link:…/du_ext/jobdetail.ftl…

For enquiries about the position, please contact Prof. Jennifer Ingleheart ( – for academic enquiries) or Michele Groark ( – for HR-related enquiries about the recruitment process)

Byzantine Studies Lectures (NHRF), Αpril 2023

The Byzantine Studies Lectures of theInstitute of Historical Research (National Hellenic Research Foundation) continue on April 25 with a hybrid lecture on:

The historiographical topos in Byzantium: some thoughts on place, space, and meaning

Ingela Nilsson, Uppsala University

18:00 EET, National Hellenic Research Foundation, 48, V. Constantinou Av. 11635, Athens.

To join via Zoom please follow the link:

Please find attached here the series program for the spring semester of 2022-23.

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