Call for papers: 19de Dag van de Byzantinistiek

Leuven, 29 mei 2020

Er is ruimte voor een aantal korte presentaties (ca. 20 min.) van lopend onderzoek door jonge onderzoekers. Kandidaat-sprekers kunnen tot 13 april 2020 voorstellen (titel + korte toelichting) sturen naar de voorzitter (peter.vandeun@kuleuven.been de secretaris (

Presentaties mogen in het Nederlands, Frans of Engels gehouden worden.

Call for applications: ReIReS Course on “Digital Resources for Slavonic-Byzantine Studies”

Sofia, 19-21 November 2019

The course is focused on presenting research tools for facilitating and boosting Slavonic-Byzantine Studies. Especially – but not only – PhD students and postdocs are welcome.

The Course seeks to discuss Byzantine and Old-Slavonic Studies within the digital paradigm by making use of text analysis through digital tools. Choosing an extensively discussed field (Byzantine Studies) and a not-so-widely, yet with passionate followers (Old Church Slavonic Studies), Sofia University makes use of an extraordinary heritage of ‘conventional’ research and a currently-developing field to introduce its participants to a multidimensional approach of linguistics in their traditional, historical, and computational forms by following at the same time the epistemological shift and interchange in sub-fields.

Application deadline: 1 November 2019

Further information:

In collaboration with Brepols Publishers.

Crash-course in Greek palaeography

Ghent, 3-4 February 2020

The Greek department of Ghent University offers a two-day course in Greek paleography in collaboration with the Research School OIKOS. The course is intended for (advanced) students and PhDs in Classics, Ancient History and Ancient Civilizations with a good command of Greek. It offers an intensive introduction into Greek paleography from the Hellenistic period until the end of the Middle Ages and is specifically aimed at acquiring practical skills to read literary and documentary papyri and literary manuscripts from the originals.

Application deadline: 15 January 2020

Further information:

Registration and questions: 

Call for papers: Growing Corpora. Byzantine Book Epigrams and Online Text Collections

Ghent, 24-25 June 2020

Since 2010, the Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams team (that is: we) have been growing an online corpus of metrical paratexts, several of which were previously unpublished or unknown altogether, and made them freely available to the scholarly community (that is: you). 

A new version of our database ( was launched in June 2019. Exactly one  year later, we are organising a two-day conference. Together with anyone interested in this particular genre of Byzantine poetry, we want to celebrate and reflect on what we have achieved so far and look ahead at what is – hopefully! – yet to come. Moreover, we want to stimulate communication and collaboration with other projects that are growing online corpora of texts.

You can partake in two different types of sessions.

In our demo sessions you can present your project and discuss your experiences in growing your online corpus (10-15 minutes). We are confident this will lead to a lively discussion on challenges we all face, such as data presentation, interoperability, and sustainability.

In our thematic sessions you can present your research on Byzantine book epigrams (20 minutes). Possible topics include:

  • editing  book epigrams;
  • theoretical reflections on the concept of book epigrams and other metrical paratexts;
  • book epigrams as a way to study the history of manuscripts;
  • visual aspects of book epigrams;
  • literary texts that function (or may have functioned) as book epigrams;
  • metre and language of book epigrams;
  • book epigrams in languages other than Greek.

We especially welcome contributions inspired by the Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams.

Confirmed speakers include Georgi Parpulov (University of Birmingham) and Andreas Rhoby (Austrian Academy of Sciences).

Interested? Send us an abstract (up to 300 words, PDF) by 15 November 2019 (, subject “Growing Corpora – abstract”) and we will get back to you early December.

Note that we want our conference to reflect who we are as a teamwelcoming and inclusive. Costs will be kept to a minimum and we are working hard to secure funding to support anyone for whom traveling might not be evident, including early career or independent scholars and carers of young children.

For any further information, please visit our conference website (

Spread the word! DBBE_2020_CfP.pdf

Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams: NEW version online!

Dear colleagues and friends,

We are excited to release a new version of the Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams (DBBE, hosted at Ghent University), freely accessible at

Thanks to the generous support of the Special Research Fund of Ghent University, DBBE has been completely redesigned over the past two years, in close collaboration with the Database, Document and Content Management research group of the Faculty of Engineering of Ghent University and with the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities

The corpus of Byzantine metrical paratexts collected in our Database has been consistently enlarged, through the systematic consultation of manuscripts and relevant secondary literature, and it now counts some 10700 single epigrams, over 7000 of which are the result of first-hand inspection of (reproductions of) manuscripts. In comparison with the previous version of DBBE, our users are offered the possibility to navigate more easily through the different records, which are much better linked to each other. The search function of Greek text has been refined and provides users with more accurate results.

While the distinction between Occurrences (unique epigrams as to be found in manuscripts) and Types (normalised texts of similar occurrences) has been retained, a new way to group epigrams has been introduced: the Verse Variants records. These pages display a clear overview of the parallels and deviations of single verse lines. The Verse Variants are accessible by clicking on single epigram verse lines.

The main scope of DBBE is collecting Byzantine book epigrams and offering their texts to the scholarly community. However, we are aiming to make available contextual data as well, and have paid major attention to the improvement of information on Manuscript and Persons. The Bibliography section has been adjusted and it now includes a search path.

We gladly refer to our Help page and Search Tricks and Tips page for more information.

We encourage users to explore the new features of DBBE and are eager to welcome their comments and feedback at

For the whole DBBE team,

Floris Bernard
Julián Bértola
Julie Boeten
Cristina Cocola
Sien De Groot
Kristoffel Demoen
Pieterjan De Potter
Ilse De Vos
Rachele Ricceri
Anne-Sophie Rouckhout 

Job opening: two Doctoral Fellowships in Literary Studies (Ghent)

The Novel Echoes project is a new ERC-funded research project at the UGent (Belgium), which researches the reception of the ancient novel in medieval secular literature.

We are delighted to advertise two fully-funded PhD fellowships as part of this project.

You can find all information here:

The application deadline is 15th August 2019.

18de Dag van de Byzantinistiek

Brussel, vrijdag 24 mei 2019

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Campus du Solbosch

Franklin D. Rooseveltlaan 50

1050 Brussel

bâtiment U 

Lokaal UA4.222

1050 Brussel

Voor meer informatie en om u te registreren kan u terecht bij:

Antonio Ricciardetto ()

Het programma vindt u hier.

Job opening: Doctoral Fellowship in Byzantine Literature (Leuven)

The Institute for Early Christian and Byzantine Studies of the Greek Department at KU Leuven is seeking a PhD candidate, to work on a research project investigating the political application of biblical exegesis at the Byzantine court of the ninth to eleventh centuries. The successful candidate will prepare a dissertation, which will be a joint degree from KU Leuven (main institution) and the Universität zu Köln. The supervisors will be professors Reinhart Ceulemans and Claudia Sode.

The position opened now is a two-year full-time appointment at Leuven (starting date: 1 October 2019 at the latest). Additional funding will be solicited once the fellowship has started.

A full version of the job description can be found on

The deadline is 10 March 2019.

Contact:  and .

Lecture: Rutth Webb, "Ekphrasis, Leo Spitzer and the Politics of Form"

Lecture organised by Ghent University, Department of Literary Studies, Greek Section

Ghent, Tuesday 9 October, 2:30pm

Dear colleagues,

Within the framework of our Ma course on Ekphrasis in Greek Literature, professor Ruth Webb will come to Ghent University on Tuesday 9 October and give a lecture at 2:30pm entitled “Ekphrasis, Leo Spitzer and the Politics of Form”.

Since professor Webb will be focusing on Spitzer’s reading of the famous “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats and the way it has shaped modern conceptions of ekphrasis, her lecture will be of relevance not only to our fellow classicists but to a broad audience including art historians and of course anyone working on English literature.

Professor Webb obtained her PhD from the Warburg Institute in London. She is an expert in Imperial and Late Antique Greek literature, working mostly on theatre and rhetoric. She is particularly interested in how non-literary texts, such as handbooks on rhetoric and scholia, interact with literary texts as well as in the cultural context of these texts.

Venue: room 120.083 (second floor) in the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, campus Blandijn

There is no need to register. All welcome!

With best wishes,  
Kristoffel Demoen

Job opening: Doctoral Fellowship in (Byzantine) Greek Literature

Ghent University, Department of Literary Studies, Greek Section

"The reception of the Psalms as poetry in late antique and Byzantine literature."

Starting date: 1 October 2018 (or soon after, no later than 1 January 2019)

Application deadline: 10 June 2018. 

17de Dag van de Byzantinistiek

Gent, vrijdag 25 mei 2018

Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte 

Blandijnberg 2 

9000 Gent

Lokaal 110.025 (eerste verdieping)

Voor meer informatie en om u te registreren kan u terecht bij:

Antonio Ricciardetto ()

Het programma vindt u hier.

Lecture: Aneta Dimitrova, "Select, Translate, Adapt: The Old Bulgarian Collection Zlatostruy, Its Creators and Its Readers"

Lecture organised by the Ghent University Slavonic and East European Studies research group.

Gent, Thursday 19 April, 6pm

Faculty of Arts and Philosophy

Blandijnberg 2

9000 Gent 

room 160.015 (6th floor)


Zlatostruy (“Golden Stream”) is a renowned collection of sermons translated from Greek into Old Church Slavonic in Bulgaria in the 10th century. It is believed that the Bulgarian Tsar Symeon (893–927) himself selected the texts to be translated – he singled out some of the best sermons from the works of St. John Chrysostom (c. 347–407) on topics such as sin and penitence, good and evil, prayer, vigilance, almsgiving, etc. After that (anonymous) translators and editors rendered the sermons into Old Church Slavonic and grouped them more or less thematically. Several generations of professionally trained scribes copied and sometimes edited the translations. The Zlatostruy Collection was widely spread among the Slavs and was modified according to its audience – the sermons were sometimes revised, rearranged, or abridged. This was the path of many literary works in the medieval Slavonic literature – selection, translation, adaptation to the audience.

In my lecture I will present the Zlatostruy Collection as one of the best examples of translated patristic literature in medieval Bulgaria. I will discuss briefly its history, contents, and its most interesting features, and I will try to answer the following questions: What was interesting and what was unfamiliar to the Slavonic audience? How did the original texts change due to revisions and mistakes? What was Zlatostruy’s influence in the following centuries? The most interesting cases of adaptation and incorrectly translated passages in Zlatostruy will be given as illustration.


For more information about this and other events, please visit the webpage below.

Lecture: Sysse Gudrun Engberg, "The Old Testament in Constantinopolitan Liturgy"

Dear colleagues and friends,

You are kindly invited to a lecture on “The Old Testament in Constantinopolitan Liturgy” by Dr Sysse Gudrun Engberg (prof. em. of the University of Copenhagen).

Leuven, MSI 01.08 (Erasmusplein 2)

Tuesday 8 May 2018

4pm – 5pm

Dr Engberg is an authority on Byzantine liturgy and music. She co-published the standard edition of the Prophetologion (the Greek Old Testament lectionary).

Participation is free. No need to register. All are welcome!

For more information, please see visit the webpages below or contact .

LECTIO Round Table "Approaches to Greek Compilation Literature"

Beste collega’s en vrienden,

LECTIO en zijn Laboratory for Text Editing nodigen u van harte uit op hun eerstkomende ronde tafel “Approaches to Greek Compilation Literature from Byzantium (historiographic, spiritual, monastic, gnomologic)”.

Deze ronde tafel vindt plaats in Leuven op dinsdag 29 mei 2018.

Het volledige programma, de abstracts van de presentaties en alle praktische info vindt u via

Deelname is gratis, maar gelieve u vóór 18 mei 2018 te registreren via .

Uitkijkend naar uw komst,

Reinhart Ceulemans

José Maksimczuk

Peter Van Deun

Erika Gielen

organiserend en wetenschappelijk comité

Lecture: Georgi Parpulov, "Byzantine Scribes and their Paratexts"

Lecture organised by DBBE

Gent, Monday 14 May 2018, 1pm

Jozef Plateaustraat 22 

9000 Gent

Jozef Plateauzaal (

Participation is free. No need to register. All are welcome!


The study of paratexts (additions) in medieval Greek manuscripts has made great advances over the past decade. My paper will discuss some of the ways in which such paratexts were selected and transmitted from one manuscript to another.

About the speaker:

Georgi Parpulov studied history at the University of Sofia and art history at the University of Chicago. He subsequently did curatorial work at the Walters Art Museum, the J Paul Getty Museum and the British Museum, and taught at the University of Oxford.