School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Byzantine Studies seminars

Explore research around rich cultures in a seminal period of world history with the Byzantine Studies seminars. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Time and location

The Byzantine Studies seminars take place throughout the year, on Mondays unless otherwise stated, online via Zoom from 5.15pm.

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Semester 2 2021/22

Date Speaker Topic

Mon 17 Jan

Beate Böhlendorf-Arslan (Philipps-Universität Marburg)

Archaeological interpretation between hypothesis and evidence: some thoughts on new discoveries in the Late Antique and Byzantine city of Assos / Turkey

Mon 31 Jan

Constantin Zuckermann (École pratique des hautes études, Paris)

The fiscal context of the Byzantine Farmer’s Law

Mon 7 Mar

Emilio Bonfiglio (Universität Tübingen) RESCHEDULED TO 4 APRIL ‘Education in Late Antique and Early Mediaeval Armenia: Agency and movements of scholars and books between Armenia and Byzantium’
Wed 9 Mar Matteo Martelli (Università di Bologna)

'Alchemical equipment in Byzantine and Syriac manuscripts'

Co-hosted with the History of Science, Medicine and Technology Seminar.

NB This talk will take place at 1pm.

Mon 14 Mar

Giulia Maria Paoletti (Austrian Academy of Sciences)

'"For happy is he who speaks to listening ears": Paraenetic poetry in Late Byzantium'

Mon 28 Mar

Ioanna Rapti (École pratique des hautes études, Paris) ‘Viewing the history of Siwnik’ with Step’anos Orbelian, prince, bishop and historian (ca 1300)’
Mon 11 Apr Vasileios Marinis (Yale University) ‘The many lives of the martyr Euphemia’

Semester 1 2021/22

Date Speaker Topic
Mon 20 Sep

Stratis Papaioannou (University of Crete)

'The philosopher’s tongue: or a short (hi)story of a Byzantine fiction'  
Mon 4 Oct

Alicia Simpson (American College of Greece)

'Philippopolis: a Byzantine metropolis in the northern Balkans'

Wed 6 Oct Mary Whitby (University of Oxford)

'An emperor and his poet: George of Pisidia on the Emperor Heraclius (610-641 CE)' Co-hosted with Classics Seminars

Mon 18 Oct Julian Baker (University of Oxford)

'Monetary transformations in western Anatolia in the first decades of the fourteenth century: Byzantines, Turks, and Franks between the Propontis and Rhodes'  

Mon 1 Nov Nicole Paxton Sullo (Princeton University) 'The visuality of memory in later Byzantium'
Mon 15 Nov

Tristan Schmidt (University of Silesia in Katowice)

'Performing military leadership in Komnenian Byzantium'  

Mon 29 Nov

Pantelis Golitsis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) 'What makes a philosophy Byzantine? Some reflexions on the distinctive character of Byzantine philosophy and the use of Ancient philosophy in Byzantium'

Convened by Petros Bouras-Vallianatos, Jim Crow, Niels Gaul, Foteini Spingou, Yannis Stouraitis

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