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.

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 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

Summer School: An Interdisciplinary History of Writing, 17th-28th July, 2023

Deadline for Applications: 15th April, 2023

#writing #Byzantine #Roman #art #archaeology #architecture #history #culture #heritage #highereducation #Germany #Christian #Church #liturgy #Crusades #Templars #Hospitallers #Antiquity #Medieval #music #Greek

This summer school takes up the central research questions of the Cluster of Excellence ‘Understanding Written Artefacts: Material, Interaction and Transmission in Manuscript Cultures’ (UWA). How has writing shaped human societies and cultures and how have these, in turn, adapted writing to their needs? In order to tackle these questions, the research on written artefacts follows a global and comparative approach, which bundles expertise from a range of various disciplines and is characterised especially by the cooperation between the humanities and the natural and computer sciences. Research on written artefact is less about the contents of texts; it begins with the physical object itself, be it a Mesopotamian clay tablet with cuneiform writing, an ancient rock inscription, an Indian palm-leaf manuscript, or a legal document written on parchment in medieval Europe. This summer school offers insights into selected research topics, such as investigating the composition of writing supports, ingredients of inks, the binding of a codex, but also the circumstances of the production, use and re-use as well as the attribution of certain qualities or powers to a manuscript or other written artefacts.

Job – Research positions in Lisbon – up to five or six years contract

#job #Byzantine #Roman #art #archaeology #architecture #history #culture #heritage #highereducation #Portugal #Christian #Church #liturgy #Crusades #Templars #Hospitallers #Antiquity #Medieval #music #Greek

The Portuguese R&D Funding Agency (FCT) has announced the opening of the sixth edition of the Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus, which will allow the hiring of 400 PhD holders in all scientific fields to work in Portugal.

4 April 2023 – 3 May 2023 (17:00 Lisbon Time).

The Centre for Classical Studies – University of Lisbon ( looks forward to hearing from interested candidates to develop research in the areas of

a)         Classical Literature (Greek and Latin Literature);

b)        Late Greek and Byzantine Literature;

c)         Epigraphy (Roman, Medieval, Renaissance);

d)        Medieval Latin Literature (critical editions, poetry, hagiography, historiography, documentation; mainly but not restricted to Iberian texts);

e)         Humanism and Neo-Latin (mainly but not restricted to Iberian texts);

f)         History of Science (Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance);

g)         Europe and Asia (Latin and Neo-Latin texts on Asia);

h)        Women Writers and the Classics (mainly but not restricted to Lusophone Literature);

i)          Reception Studies (19th-21st c.; mainly but not restricted to Lusophone Literature);

j)          Information Science (libraries; archives).

In addition to these themes, we are also eager to attract new researchers willing to develop in Lisbon new cutting edge research on

 j) Classics and Gender;

k) Classics and Postcolonialism; or

l) Classics and Education.

At the Centre for Classical Studies in Lisbon, we are very proud because we were the only Portuguese research centre in this scientific area (Classical Studies, Classical Tradition) to have been assessed as “Excellent” in 2019 by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.

 If you are interested in being part of our team, please contact us ( and send us a draft of your project in order to adjust your research interests with the CEC’s own research goals.

 The assessment of the applications is not made by the CEC. It is entirely organized by FCT, with no other intervention of the CEC, except for the initial contacts.

 The English written application will be submitted online at a soon to be available platform. The page is still in Portuguese, but it will be soon available in English too.

This is a highly competitive call. We are looking for excellent researchers to come work in Lisbon.

 The up to 5 or 6 years research contracts to be funded under this call consider THREE LEVELS, corresponding to different career stages:

·       Junior researcher: Ph.D. holders with limited post-doctoral experience in the scientific area of application (c. 1.400-1.500€ net wage * 14 months);

·       Assistant researcher: Ph.D. holders with more than 5 but less than 12 years of post-doctoral research, with relevant experience in the scientific area of application and limited scientific independence (c. 1.800-1.950€ net wage * 14 months);

·       Principal researcher: Ph.D. holders with more than 12 years of post-doctoral research, with relevant experience in the scientific area of application and demonstrating scientific independence for the last 3 years (c. 2.100-2300€ net wage * 14 months);

 Best regards,

Rodrigo Furtado


Centre for Classical Studies

School of Arts and Humanities – University of Lisbon

1600-214 Lisboa – Portugal

New series ‘Studies in Byzantine Epigraphy’

Byzantine #Roman #art #archaeology #architecture #history #culture #heritage #highereducation #Ireland #Christian #Church #liturgy #Crusades #Templars #Hospitallers #Antiquity #Medieval #music #Greek #Brepols #Epigraphy

The new series ‘Studies in Byzantine Epigraphy’ (ed. by A. Rhoby and I. Toth) are published with Brepols: The series testifies to an ever-greater focus on inscriptions within Byzantine Studies. We envisage that our series would include collective volumes devoted to specific epigraphic themes, such as, authority, display, self-representation, patronage, etc. In addition, it is our aim to create an outstanding academic resource, which would showcase the significance of Byzantine Epigraphy as an academic discipline opening the field to scholars in related disciplines, such as history, art history, and literature, and reaching out to include a wider readership in both Byzantine and, more generally, classical, medieval, and early modern studies.

New research project: “Byzantine Illuminated Manuscripts in Spain; Artworks, Context and Materiality – MABILUS”

Byzantine #Roman #art #archaeology #architecture #history #culture #heritage #highereducation #Ireland #Christian #Church #liturgy #Crusades #Templars #Hospitallers #Antiquity #Medieval #music #Greek

A pioneering research project, “Byzantine Illuminated Manuscripts in Spain; Artworks, Context and Materiality – MABILUS” (PID2020-120067GB-I00), has been funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation of the Government of Spain (from September 2021 to September 2024). Its aim is the study of the precious, varied and largely unknown heritage of Byzantine Illuminated Illumination in Spain, from an essentially art-historical perspective and employing an interdisciplinary approach (Philology, Palaeography, Iconography, History of Techniques; History of Collecting). The project is led by prof. Manuel Castiñeiras (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and involves an international team of researches. The objects of enquiry date from the Byzantine period (to 1453), or immediately afterwards (to 1550). The majority are preserved in the Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid ) and the Real Biblioteca de El Escorial, with some examples in the Biblioteca Universitaria de Salamanca. The project is mainly focused on a novel study of the Skylitzes matritensis (BNE, Vitr. 26-2), in close collaboration with the Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España (IPCE), and the Biblioteca Nacional de Madrid. For a better understanding of the genesis of this codex and other controversial artistic issues, a selection of fourteen quires of this codex has been transferred to the IPCE to carry out a systematic analysis of the parchments, pigments, binders, and colouring agents. Laboratory techniques will be used, such as multispectral imaging, infrared reflectography, macro-photography, optical and electron microscopy, as well as the necessary sampling. For further information, please visit the website (in English, Spanish, Catalan):

Lecture Series: Anna Lampadaridi (CNRS, HiSoMA UMR 5189) will give six lectures (April 12 and 19 and May 10, 17, 24, 31) as part of Vincent Déroche’s seminar (EPHE/PSL)

Byzantine #Roman #art #archaeology #architecture #history #culture #heritage #highereducation #Ireland #Christian #Church #liturgy #Crusades #Templars #Hospitallers #Antiquity #Medieval #music #Greek

Research on the Greek versions of the Life of Hilarion (BHL 3879)

Composed by Jerome in Latin at the end of the 4th century, the Life of the monk Hilarion, known as the founder of Gaziote monasticism, was the subject of various Greek translations carried out in various contexts. We will review the main Greek versions of the Life of Hilarion, in order to trace the different stages of the linguistic and cultural transfer of the legend of Hilarion to Byzantium. The first part of our conferences will focus on the preparation of the critical edition of the Life BHG 752, hitherto unpublished except for its beginning. This translation constitutes a very rare case, which can be compared to literal Latin translations of Greek hagiographic works. Secondly, we will deal with different rewritings of the Latin legend of the monk Hilarion in the Greek-speaking world, starting with the Life BHG 753 and its reception in Byzantium.

The conferences will take place at 54, boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris (room 20), from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (UTC +2), and will take place in a hybrid format on Teams.

To obtain the connection link, write to:



Saturday, April 29, 2023, 9:30am to 6:00pm


History of Art and Architecture Building on the campus of Harvard University
485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

A day-long symposium honoring the career of Ioli Kalavrezou, Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine Art History at Harvard University. Featuring presentations by Frances St. Amant (Harvard University) Diliana Angelova (University of California Berkeley), Merih Danalı (Wake Forest University), Ivan Drpić (University of Pennsylvania), Konstantina Karterouli (Dumbarton Oaks), Janet T. Marquardt (Eastern Illinois University), Bissera V. Pentcheva (Stanford University), Katherine M. Taronas (Dumbarton Oaks), Courtney Tomaselli (Loyola University Chicago), Nicolette S. Trahoulia (Deree-The American University of Greece), and Alicia Walker (Bryn Mawr College). This event is free and open to the public; attendees are asked to register in advance. For the complete symposium program and registration, please click here. Sponsored by The Department of History of Art and Architecture, The Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies, and The Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Studies Program

Call for Papers: Final Conference of the Leibniz Prize Project: The Polyphony of Late Antique Christianity: The Polycentricity of Late Antiquity

In Late Antiquity, Constantinople developed into the undisputed capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, gaining ever more central functions for what remained of the Roman Empire (Pfeilschifter 2013). At the same time, numerous decentralising tendencies can be observed.
Many Romans were aware that the Roman Empire was at best only one eye of the world, and the Persian Empire the second (Canepa 2009). Moreover, new centres formed in areas of the West that were beyond imperial control (Meier 2021), sometimes centres of a local Romanitas (Brown 2012), as shown, for example, by the flowering of courtly Latin poetry in the Vandal Empire.
In addition to the politically defined centres, a network of ecclesiastical centres, the so-called patriarchates, existed in the Roman Mediterraneum and had established themselves by the 5th century. Among them, the patriarchates of Alexandria, Antioch and Rome were considered centres of Christianity early on. In addition, Constantinople gained in ecclesiastical political importance from the 4th century onward, but Rome always remained the most important ecclesiastical centre, even in times of greatest political weakness (Kötter 2013).
The rivalry between the provincial capital Caesarea and Jerusalem, which was outstanding from a religious point of view, is another example of the negotiation of the relationship between different centre functions. With pilgrimage and the appearance of highly respected saints, such as the two Stylites named Symeon, new centres emerged for a time (Parker 2022). In addition, heretical groups such as the Church of the East formed centres of their
own. The Caucasus was on the one hand dependent on the great empires and on the other hand oriented to its own centres (Dorfmann-Lazarev 2022). For all Mediterranean Jews, Babylon was a centre located in the Sasanid Empire.
The network of intellectual centres was structured differently still. Here, the college of Constantinople played an important role, but Beirut also formed a centre of legal education that made a man like Libanios fear that Antioch would lose its importance (Van Hoof 2014). Undeniably, Athens and Alexandria remained centres of philosophy. While Athens was little more than an educational centre, Alexandria was also an ecclesiastical centre and possessed
great political and administrative importance. Individuals such as Jacob of Sarug (Forness 2018) or Augustine could be considered centres because they acted as a hub for correspondence (Preuß 2022). With Arab expansion, entirely new centres emerged (Berger 2016).
With regard to Nubia and Ethiopia, Alexandria possessed the centre function that pointed beyond the borders of the Roman Empire. It had this in common with Jerusalem, for example, but also with Edessa, a centre of Syrophonous Christians, which from the Roman perspective was a place on the periphery (approaches in Leppin 2021). This also shows the importance of ultilingualism for the polycentricity of the Roman Empire. The multitude of places that could be considered centres, the variety of centre functions, the transboundary
character of some centres all illustrate how complex the topic is. The conference aims to advance discussion on these issues and to bring relevant researchers into closer contact.
Key notes will be presented by Felix Maier (Zurich), Phil Forness (Leuven) and Igor Dorfmann-Lazarev (London).
The call is based on a broad understanding of Late Antiquity (4th-7th centuries). Contributions on individual centres or on their comparison are invited, but also theoretically inspired reflections on the formation of centres and on practices on the basis of which centres could be recognised. The call for papers is open to advanced doctoral and post-doctoral students in history, classical philology, archaeology, theology, Jewish studies, Syrology, Coptic studies, Caucasian studies, Iranian studies, Islamic Studies and related fields. Papers should be no more than 25 minutes in length to allow room for discussion. The conference language will be English. Accommodation costs and travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Deliberately, no publication is planned. Therefore, preliminary work for larger books can be presented, but it is also welcome to experiment and think outside the box.
Please send your proposals with abstracts (not more than 250 words) and a CV (up to one page) by April 15, 2023, to Marius Kalfelis (
Lutz Berger, Die Entstehung des Islam. Die ersten hundert Jahre, München 2016.
Peter Brown, Through the Eye of a Needle. Wealth, the Fall of Rome and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD, Princeton / Oxford 2012.
Matthew P. Canepa, The Two Eyes of the Earth: Art and Ritual of Kingship between Rome and Sasanian Iran (The Transformation of the Classical Heritage 45), Berkeley etc. 2009.
Igor Dorfmann-Lazarev (ed.), Sharing Myths, Texts, and Sanctuaries in South Caucasus (Studies in Early Christian Apocrypha 19), Leuven 2022.
Philip Forness, Preaching Christology in the Roman Near East: A Study of Jacob of Serugh, Oxford 2018.
Jan-Markus Kötter, Zwischen Kaiser und Aposteln. Das Akakianische Schisma (484–519) als kirchlicher Ordnungskonflikt der Spätantike (Roma Æterna 2), Stuttgart 2013.
Hartmut Leppin, Creating a City of Believers – Rabbula of Edessa, in A. Lätzer-Lasar, E. R. Urciuoli (Hg.), Urban Religion in Late Antiquity, Berlin 2021, 185-204.
Mischa Meier, Geschichte der Völkerwanderung. Europa, Asien und Afrika vom 3. bis zum 8.
Jahrhundert n. Chr., 7. Aufl. München 2021.
Lucy Parker, Symeon Stylites the Younger and Late Antique Antioch. From Hagiography to History, Oxford 2022.
Rene Pfeilschifter, Der Kaiser und Konstantinopel. Kommunikation und Konfliktaustrag in einer spätantiken Metropole (= Millennium-Studien. Studien zu Kultur und Geschichte des ersten Jahrtausends n. Chr. Band 44), Berlin u. a. 2013.
Kai Preuß, Säkularität und Pastoral. Geschichte, Macht, Subjekt, Berlin/Boston 2022.
Victor Turner, The Center out There: Pilgrim’s Goal, History of Religion 12 (1973), 191-230.
Lieve Van Hoof, Libanius: A Critical Introduction, Cambridge, New York 2014.

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