Sunday, February 2, 2014

CFP: Transformation and adaptation - the reception of Byzantium between the 16th and 21st centuries

Studies on the reception of the classical tradition have recently become an indispensable part of classical studies. Understanding the importance of ancient civilization means also studying how it was used subsequently. Students of the classical tradition research the influence of ancient literature, its use in political discourse, and its manifestations in films, TV series, graphic novels and computer games. A recent flood of publications, including companions, handbooks and dictionaries, now addresses these issues. The Eastern Roman Empire, however, has not been so lucky.
The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars interested in the reception of Byzantine culture in literature, political discourse, pop-culture (games, graphic novels, etc.). We would like to see how Byzantium was used and abused, how Byzantine motifs were transformed and adapted throughout centuries. Amongst the invited speakers are scholars from around the world.
The organisation of the conference is generously supported by the National Programme for the Development of Humanities. The organisers will provide free board and lodging. Transportation, however, remains the responsibility of a participant.
Organizers: Przemysław Marciniak, Katarzyna Warcaba, Jan Kucharski
The deadline for applications: March, 30th 2014.
Abstracts (200 words max) should be sent to the conference secretary: Katarzyna Warcaba ( Authors will be notified of the result by the end of April.

Click here to read more 

Byzantine Istanbul: Istanbul: Byzantium's legacy

Byzantine Istanbul: Constantinople in the fourth crusade

Byzantine Istanbul: Constantinople in the fourth crusade

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Byzantine News: Late Byzantine Sculpture (Studies in the Visual Cultures of the Middle Ages)

Late Byzantine Sculpture (Studies in the Visual Cultures of the Middle Ages)

Late Byzantine Sculpture (Studies in the Visual Cultures of the Middle Ages)

Late Byzantine sculpture

Latest from a Byzantine History podcast

Click here to listen

CFP: Miracles and Wonders in Antiquity and Byzantium

A conference at the University of Cyprus, 16-18 October 2014.

Tales of miracle and wonder decorate both ancient and Byzantine literature and seem to have had a great impact upon ancient and Byzantine thought. A strong interest in the wondrous is already apparent in the works of Homer and Hesiod. However, a more organized recording of marvels is detected much later, in Herodotus’s time, when marvelous stories and travel accounts of exotic places and peoples are increasingly produced. From the era of Alexander and onwards such stories are recruited by historians and rhetors in an attempt to apotheose the ideal ruler. Between the third century BC and the third century AD, the genre of paradoxography, collections of stories relating strange events and phenomena, achieves great popularity, and influences another new genre, the Hellenistic novel. At about the same time, a number of stories circulate that relate the miraculous healings of suffering people who practice incubation in Asclepian temples. Later the practice of incubation is taken over by Christian pilgrims who are cured by saints. Miraculous healings and other types of miracles that are associated with a particular Christian shrine become the material of a new genre, the miracle collection which is cultivated throughout the Byzantine era. Miracle stories are included in all Byzantine hagiographical genres, since they constitute the strongest sign of holiness. Miracles and wonders are also found in profane Byzantine genres, such as chronicles and romances. Despite the fact that marvel literature enjoyed such a high popularity in antiquity and Byzantium, it has been mostly dismissed by modern scholars as debased, boring and even unintelligible, an attitude that has condemned this literature to obscurity.

The conference’s main aims are to bring to light miracle and wonder literature and to open up new avenues of approach. Topics of exploration may include:

Literary Theoretical Approaches
Cultural Studies
Psychological Approaches
Comparative Literary Studies
Specialists are invited to submit a thirty-minute paper in English on a relevant topic. Due to budgetary constraints, the organizers cannot cover the speakers’ travel and hotel costs. There is no registration fee for participation or attendance. Prospective speakers are asked to submit by 30 April 2014 a title and a 400-word abstract to Stavroula Constantinou ( and Maria Gerolemou (

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Open Greek and Latin Project

Via Gregory Crane
The Open Greek and Latin Project proposes to provide an extensive foundation for Open Access and Open Data research in the study of Greek and Latin, creating a collection, available under a CC-BY-SA license, of works produced from the Homeric epics in the mid-eighth century BCE through the 20th century CE and including content from public domain editions (including editions published as late as 1991 in 2017 under German law).
Building directly upon more than 25 years of continuous research and development by the Perseus Digital Library and upon recent breakthrough work on OCR for Classical Greek, Open Greek and Latin proposes a new collection with the following layers: (1) c. 3 billion words of Greek and Latin from public domain books with library metadata generated by OCR optimized for those languages; (2) c. 1 billion words of Greek and Latin with reasonable metadata for composition date and/or of reasonably datable text; (3) 500 million words of text with metadata identifying where a FRBR work appears in the pages within one or more printed books and including multiple editions of every major Classical Greek and Latin source; (4) 200 million words of corrected OCR source texts, evenly divided between materials produced through 600 CE and post-classical sources, including corrected transcriptions of the textual notes as well as level 3 TEI XML encoding with at least one established citation scheme for the reconstructed text; (5) automatically generated metadata for all texts and curated metadata for as much of the collection as possible (including classification and identification of named entities, textual variants and manuscript witnesses, lemmatization and morpho-syntactic analysis, identification of text reuse). Preliminary work conducted in the United States from 1987 to the present and at the University of Leipzig during 2013 and 2014 has laid the foundations for each component of this work. The current proposal requests support for an initial three-year period so as to accomplish the first half of this work.

Related posts

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...