The Staff Section of Harvard Library’s website highlights a diminutive sixteenth-century Four Gospels in Armenian in the Andover-Harvard Theological Library. The manuscript was transcribed in 1504 by Megerdich.
Professorship of History Of Art, University of Cambridge
The Department of History of Art is seeking to appoint to a Professorship of History of Art. The Professorship has been recently established to strengthen academic leadership in the Department to sustain its leading position nationally and internationally. Applications are welcome from all fields, including western and non-western art, global art, new media and film.
Candidates will have an outstanding research record of international stature in History of Art and the vision, leadership, experience and enthusiasm to build on current strengths in maintaining and developing a leading research presence. They will hold a PhD or equivalent postgraduate qualification.
During a press conference on March 26, 2014, the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, announced that the Hungarian government had repatriated seven pieces from the Sevso Treasure. The objects acquired by Hungary are the Hunting (Sevso) Plate, Geometric Plate, Geometric Ewers A and B, the Basin, the Casket, the Dionysiac Ewer, and the copper cauldron in which the treasure was said to have been found. Read the press release.
British Channel 4’s Time Team covered the treasure. Team Special 39: The Mystery of the Roman Treasure first aired December 26, 2008.
The Experience of the Sacred Places: Times and Sceneries, IV Ars Mediaevalis Colloquium, Aguilar de Campo, September 26–28, 2014
The Aesthetic Act: Hagia Sophia and Santiago de Compostela
Bissera Pentcheva, Stanford University
Black Box Theater: Reliquaries as Experimental Drama
Herbert L. Kessler, Johns Hopkins University
Moving Women, Moving Objects (300–1500), ICMA Sponsored Session, 103rd CAA Annual Conference, New York, February 11–14, 2015
Session chairs: Tracy Chapman Hamilton (Sweet Briar College) and Mariah Proctor-Tiffany (California State University)
As we examine medieval works of art like manuscripts, reliquaries, and jewels, today anchored and spotlighted in their museum vitrines, it is easy to imagine these sumptuous objects at rest in the hands of their original owners. But, in truth, they were in constant motion, and women were especially responsible for the movement of these works of art. This panel seeks to enrich the discussion of women and their relationships with their objects that, in the area of non-book arts, remains relatively unexplored. Luscious objects were gifts that traveled lesser and greater distances, some imported in brides’ nuptial coffers and many more commissioned and used to unite women separated by their politically advantageous marriages. Sisters and mothers, grandmothers and aunts, daughters and cousins, as well as friends and allies, all exchanged works of art with shared stories and iconographies. These pieces were the tokens that served as tribute, the centerpieces of rituals and ceremonies, the precious keepsakes enjoyed in intimate places, and the markers of architectural spaces often also founded or endowed by these women.
Theories of feminism, anthropology, sociology, and geography, among others, can all aid in the interpretation of the movement of works of art by women. New technologies such as GIS mapping and digital modeling enable us to visualize the international trajectories of works of art, as well as the movement and placement of them within architectural space.
Proposals for this panel could include papers concerning women living between 300–1500. While proposals discussing European examples are anticipated, those analyzing any culture are encouraged. Papers might discuss women moving their objects in ritual space; the international, cross-cultural fertilization of the arts resulting from women’s gifts; the mapping of women’s identity through placement of objects; or class and women’s movement of their objects.
The Dover Fund, set up in honour of Sir Kenneth Dover, is administered by the Hellenic Society. Its purposes are:
- to further the study of the history of the Greek language in any period from the Bronze Age to the 15th century AD, and
- to further the edition and exegesis of Greek texts, including papyri and inscriptions, from any period within those same limits.
Grants from this Fund will be made for such purposes as visits to libraries, museums and sites. For instance, support may be offered to graduate students or young scholars outside the London area to enable them to take advantage of the excellent facilities of the Joint Library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies and the Institute of Classical Studies Library. The purpose of such support is to assist with travel, accommodation and subsistence costs, normally for up to a week. The sums awarded will vary according to the needs of the applicant, but most grants will be in the range £50–£400; larger grants may be made from time to time at the discretion of the committee.
Departmental Lecturer in the History of Art, University of Oxford
Applications are invited for a two-year, fixed-term Lecturership in the History of Art, tenable from 1 October 2014.
Applications are invited from those with active research interests in any field of art history. Candidates should have a serious interest in the theory and methods of art history, which will constitute a major focus of much of the required teaching, on courses such as: ‘Introduction to the History of Art’; ‘Approaches to the History of Art’; ‘European Art, 1400-1800: Meaning and Interpretation’. The Lecturer will be required to give tutorials, lectures and classes at both undergraduate and graduate level, to engage in examining and administrative work, and to engage in independent research in art history. The appointment will be associated with a Stipendiary Lecturership at St Peter’s College and the appointee will provide undergraduate teaching in the History of Art at St Peter's College and Worcester College.
Doctoral Researcher, The Transmission of Knowledge in the Macedonian Renaissance Through the Florilegium of the Coislin Anthology, Institute for Early Christian and Byzantine Studies, KU Leuven
The Institute for Early Christian and Byzantine Studies is an internationally renowned research center which is staffed by two full professors and seven post- and pre-doctoral researchers as well as some associate members. It is home to the Series Graeca of the Corpus Christianorum, which publishes critical editions of Greek patristic and Byzantine texts. For our new project on "Knowledge Transfer in the Macedonian Renaissance" we are inviting applications from MA students and scholars from non-EEA countries to carry out doctoral research on the Byzantine Coislin Anthology.
The successful applicant will enroll in the doctoral study program of Greek Studies (KU Leuven Doctoral School for Humanities) and prepare within a period of four years a doctoral dissertation in Classical Studies, which ties in with the project on "Knowledge Transfer in the Macedonian Renaissance". The thesis involves a critical edition of books Delta and Epsilon of the Coislin Anthology, which can be published in the Series Graeca of the Corpus Christianorum.
- MA in Classics at a non-EEA university
- Excellent knowledge of Greek philology
- Fluent in English
- Willing to reside in the wider Leuven area for the duration of the appointment
The editors of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Religious History, Andrew Holt (Florida State College) and Florian Curta (University of Florida), have issued a call for contributors.
The Encyclopedia of Religious History is a three-volume, multi-disciplinary encyclopedia that considers pivotal events in religious history. Contributors are needed for short essays covering over 700 entries. Entries cover the span of human history and consider many religious traditions.
Entry lengths range: 750 or 1500 words; 3000 words for major topics. Each entry should include a brief bibliography (3–4 items) of key scholarly works on the topics.
Expressions of interest and questions about the project should be sent to Andrew Holt.
Source: BSANA listserv
Stefan Deschauer. Die große Arithmetik aus dem Codex Vind. phil. gr. 65. Eine anonyme Algorismusschrift aus der Endzeit des Byzantinischen Reiches. Vienna,Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften: 2014.
From Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
The anonymous Cod. Vind. phil. gr. 65 is one of the numerous Greek manuscripts bought by Augerius von Busbeck, a Habsburgian ambassador, in Constantinople in the middle of the 16th century. Since then, the codex has been kept in the Hofbibliothek of Vienna (today Österreichische Nationalbibliothek). Although it constitutes one of the most important mathematical manuscripts from the later Byzantine period, the two first chapters were transcribed by J. L. Heiberg only in the year 1899. In 1963 an expert edition of the so-called Aufgabensammlung (collection of problems), the smaller part of the manuscript, followed by H. Hunger and K. Vogel. A reliable edition of the greater part written by another scribe in the year 1436 and containing arithmetics, algebra, and geometry, is still lacking.
The author presents hereby an edition of the extensive arithmetical text – called “first book” by the scribe – with complete reproduction of the numerous diagrams, philological analyses and indexes, conveniently selected partial translations, and a comprehensive mathematical and historical comment understandable also for readers without profound mathematical background.
As template for the manuscript an unknown trattato d’abbaco has to be supposed because the Italian influences dominate. However, the scribe introduces the decimal position system with the Greek alphabetic numerals completed by a special sign (ɥ) for the empty position (0). In addition decimal fractions and calculation appear here for the first time in Europe, an achievement from the Islamic culture.
Postdoctoral Collaborators in Byzantine History, Archaeology and History of Art, Academy of Athens
The Academy of Athens is searching for three postdocs to work on the research project, “Towards an institutional and social history of Byzantine Asia Minor on the evidence of seals and other sources (7th – 13th centuries).”
The folks at the British Library’s Medieval manuscripts blog have released a new list of digitized works in the Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts Department. The list includes hyperlinks to each record on the Digitised Manuscripts site. Download the list.
It is a fundamental contribution to late Byzantine history and institutions.
Mark C. Bartusis. Land and Privilege in Byzantium: The Institution of Pronoia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
In this volume, then, one finds not only this finely crafted exposition, but also, with measured voice, a careful unpacking and persuasive analysis of difficult texts concerning the Evergetis.
Richard H Jordan and Rosemary Morris. The Hypotyposis of the Monastery of the Theotokos Evergetis, Constantinople (11th–12th Centuries): Introduction, Translation and Commentary. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012.
The Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies (SPBS) in conjunction with the British Museum is sponsoring a special handling session for SPBS members, especially those who do not often have access to Byzantine art.
Chris Entwistle, Curator of the Late Roman and Byzantine Collections at the British Museum, will select a representative series of ivory, gold, glass and metal pieces from the fourth through fifteenth centuries CE to illustrate the depth of the Byzantine art collection at the British Museum. He will explain the significance of the items and allow attendees the opportunity to examine them closely.
This programme is free for participants, but attendance is limited. Only fifteen people can be accommodated in this session. Contact Elizabeth Buchanan if you would be like to attend. The attendance list will be compiled on the basis of early application.
Porphyra XXI (June 2014)
Porphyra has issued a call for papers for issue XXI (June 2014). Articles relating to Byzantium and Byzantine culture from any discipline are welcome. Contribution in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, and modern Greek are accepted.
Contributions should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Averil Cameron, ed. Late Antiquity on the Eve of Islam. The formation of the classical Islamic world, 1. Farnham; London; Burlington, VT: Ashgate Variorum, 2013.
ahramonline reported yesterday that retired army general Ahmed Ragai Attiya has filed a court case asking for St. Catherine’s Monastery to be demolished and its monks deported on the grounds that they pose a national security threat.
Herakles Inside and Outside the Church: From the First Apologists to the End of the Quattrocento, University of University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, June 23–26, 2015
The study of the reception of classical figures into Christianity is a recently renewed scholarly trend which overcomes decades of isolation between classicists and medievalists, while drawing attention to an often overlooked fact: the early Christian masses were none other than the recently converted, dissatisfied pagan citizens of the faltering Roman Empire. In those early days, Christian theologians zealously took up the task of debating and defining the self-projections of their flocks against the backdrop of pagan outrage typically embodied by the Roman emperors. However, in addressing their followers, early Christian theologians could not ignore the wealth of classical literature and philosophy as points of reference, recognizable by their audiences and powerful enough to warrant modification. Indeed, the majority of early Christian writers were themselves products of the pagan educational system and hence, well versed in pagan traditions. Their handling of Heracles, the most quintessential pagan hero known for his strength, his twelve labours, and his civilizing efforts as well as for his quick temper, lust and frenzied violence, the hero idealized by emperors such as Nero, Commodus and Maximian, is indicative of the urgency to reform pagan models in the Christian context, but, also, of the affinities between pagan and early Christian intellectual debates. Centuries later, while the Church was proclaiming the death of paganism, it was continuing to appropriate many pagan gods and heroes, including Heracles, into its service.
Our conference seeks papers on any aspect of the adoption/adaptation of Heracles from Late Antiquity to the end of the Quattrocento, including the use of his image in Christian and non-Christian context, and the use of his mythology in Christian and non-Christian literature (poetry, prose, didactic, polemic, libretti, etc.). Panel proposals would be welcome.
Konstantinos Spanoudakis. Nonnus of Panopolis in Context: Poetry and Cultural Milieu in Late Antiquity with a Section on Nonnus and the Modern World. Trends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes 24. De Gruyter, 2014.
From De Gruyter
Nonnus of Panopolis (fifth century CE) composed two poems once thought to be incompatible: the Dionysiaca, a mythological long epic with a marked interest in astrology, the occult, the paradox and not least the beauty of the female body, and a pious and sublime Paraphrase of the Gospel of St John. Little is known about the man, to whom sundry identities have been attached. The longer work has been misrepresented as a degenerate poem or as a mythological handbook. The Christian poem has been neglected or undervalued. Yet, Nonnus accomplished an ambitious plan, in two parts, aiming at representing world-history. This volume consists mainly of the Proceedings of the First International Conference on Nonnus held in Rethymno, Crete in May 2011. With twentyfour essays, an international team of specialists place Nonnus firmly in his time's context. After an authoritative Introduction by Pierre Chuvin, chapters on Nonnus and the literary past, the visual arts, Late Antique paideia, Christianity and his immediate and long-range afterlife (to modern times) offer a wide-ranging and innovative insight into the man and his world. The volume moves on beyond stereotypes to inaugurate a new era of research for Nonnus and Late Antique poetics on the whole.
Constructed circa 638 AD, Mren is a masterpiece of world art and a product of the ‘Golden Age’ of Armenian architecture. Bearing an inscription naming the Roman emperor Heraclius, and a unique sculpted relief image of Heraclius returning Christendom’s greatest relic-the True Cross—to Jerusalem, Mren preserves precious material evidence for one of the most dramatic and yet poorly documented moments in history.
In February, Dr. Christina Maranci (Tufts University) spoke with writer Lucine Kasbarian about Mren Cathedral’s dire state of preservation. Read the interview.
The Cathedral of Mren is now a WMF Watch Site.
The book brings to the attention of scholars a valuable body of archival material and presents it in a systematic, enlightening, and accessible manner.
Nickiphoros Tsougarakis. The Latin Religious Orders in Medieval Greece, 1204–1500. Medieval Church Studies, 18. Turnhout: Brepols, 2012.
The immediate achievement of Byzantine Epirus is to situate this half-millennium of regional history within a longer, more dynamic narrative of geographic and social evolution that continues down to the present; its larger contribution may be to remind us to view the margins of political mainstreams on their own terms rather than through the lens of external control. Theoretically justified, clearly organized, and closely documented, this fresh reconsideration of a remote and beautiful mountainous land will be of lasting value.
Myrto Veikou. Byzantine Epirus: A Topography of Transformation: Settlements of the Seventh-Twelfth Centuries in Southern Epirus and Aetoloacarnania, Greece. The Medieval Mediterranean. Leiden: Brill, 2012.
This is a magnificent book. Anyone wishing to make any claims regarding the relative strengths and weaknesses of Christian European and Islamic economic systems, and their long-term trajectories, will need to consider carefully Goldberg's findings.
Jessica L Goldberg. Trade and Institutions in the Medieval Mediterranean: The Geniza Merchants and their Business World. Cambridge Studies in Economic History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Heckman Stipends, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Heckman Stipends, made possible by the A.A. Heckman Endowed Fund, are awarded semi-annually. Up to 10 stipends in amounts up to $2,000 are available each year. Funds may be applied toward travel to and from Collegeville, housing and meals at Saint John’s University, and costs related to duplication of HMML’s microfilm or digital resources. The Stipend may be supplemented by other sources of funding but may not be held simultaneously with another HMML Stipend or Fellowship. Holders of the Stipend must wait at least two years before applying again.
The program is specifically intended to help scholars who have not yet established themselves professionally and whose research cannot progress satisfactorily without consulting materials to be found in the collections of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.
Applications must be submitted by April 15 for residencies between July and December of the same year.
Swenson Family Fellowships in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies for Junior Scholars, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
The Swenson Family Fellowship in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies, established in 2012, will be awarded semi-annually. The Fellowship was established by Dr. Gregory T. and Jeannette Swenson, with their son Nicholas Swenson.
The purpose of the Fellowship is to support residencies at HMML for graduate students or postdoctoral scholars with demonstrated expertise in the languages and cultures of Eastern Christianity. Awardees must be undertaking research on some aspect of Eastern Christian studies requiring use of the digital or microfilm manuscript collections at HMML. The program is specifically designed to aid new scholars in establishing themselves through research focused on manuscripts available through HMML. Postdoctoral scholars are understood to be those who at the time of application are within three years of being awarded a doctoral degree.
Awards will range from $2,500–$5,000, based on project proposal and length of residency (two to six weeks). Funds may be applied toward travel to and from Collegeville, housing and meals at Saint John’s University, and costs related to duplication of HMML’s microfilm or digital resources. The Fellowship may be supplemented by other sources of funding but may not be held simultaneously with another HMML fellowship. Holders of the Fellowship must wait at least two years before applying again. At its discretion, HMML may choose to award more than one fellowship per cycle.
Applications must be submitted by April 15 for residencies between July and December of the same year.
Nicky B. Carpenter Fellowship in Manuscript Studies, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
The Nicky B. Carpenter Fellowship in Manuscript Studies was established in 2012 by Nicky B. Carpenter of Wayzata, Minnesota, a Lifetime Member and former chair of the HMML Board of Overseers.
The purpose of the Fellowship is to support residencies at HMML for research by senior scholars using the digital or microfilm manuscript collections at HMML.
The award is $5,000 in support of a residency of at least two weeks. Funds may be applied toward travel to and from Collegeville, housing and meals at Saint John’s University, and costs related to duplication of HMML’s microfilm or digital resources. The Fellowship may be supplemented by other sources of funding but may not be held simultaneously with another HMML fellowship. Holders of the Fellowship must wait at least two years before applying again.
Applications must be submitted by April 15 for residency between July 1–June 30.
Roman Dress in the Context of Palmyra, a joint seminar between the The Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Textile Research and the Palmyra Portrait Project, Aarhus University, May 1, 2014
Dressing up for religious action: Priestly dress in Palmyra
Rubina Raja (Palmyra Portrait Project)
Achilles’ new clothes – wall paintings as expressions of dress culture in Palmyra
Annette Højen Sørensen (Palmyra Portrait Project)
Depicting material qualities in Palmyrene limestone sculpture
Annette Schieck (Textile Museum Krefeld)
Roman imperial luxury dress
Berit Hildebrandt (Marie Curie Fellow)
Textiles and drapery in Palmyrene female portrait busts
Signe Krag (Palmyra Portrait Project)
Parthian robes as the costume of choice in the Palmyrene funerary portraits
Tracey Long (Palmyra Portrait Project)
Roman mourning clothes in the literary sources
Christopher Degelmann (Lived Ancient Religion, ERC project, University of Erfurt)
Must register by April 23, 2014.
Herrin's mastery of her source materials, the breadth and variety of these materials, and the wealth of historical threads that she teases out of them make this far more than a retrospective collection of scholarly articles. This collection of articles draws together many aspects of Herrin's fertile and extensive research. It will become a valuable tool both for historians of women and for historians of the Byzantine state.
Judith Herrin. Unrivalled Influence: Women and Empire in Byzantium. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013.
Michael J. Decker. The Byzantine Art of War. Yardley, PA: Westholme, 2013.
Session, College Art Association, 103rd Annual Conference, New York, February 11–14, 2015
For centuries artists, diplomats (ambassadors, consuls, and interpreters), and merchants served as cultural intermediaries in the Mediterranean. Stationed in port cities and other entrepôts of the Mediterranean, these go-betweens forged intercultural connections even as they negotiated and sometimes promoted cultural misunderstandings. They also moved objects of all kinds across time and space. Focusing on the early modern period from roughly 1600 to 1850, this session will consider how the mobility of art is intertwined with diplomatic and trade networks in the international arena of the Mediterranean. With theorist Arjun Appadurai, we consider “ways in which people find value in things and things give value to social relations,” investigating analogies and relationships between the work performed by artists, diplomats and merchants. How does the work of art participate in, foster, or resemble diplomatic negotiation or commercial exchange? Papers investigating any aspect of visual and material culture are welcome.
Panel organizer: Elisabeth Fraser, University of South Florida
The fragment does not provide evidence that the historical Jesus was married but concerns an early Christian debate over whether women who are wives and mothers can de disciples of Jesus. (Karen L. King, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife . . .'”: A New Coptic Papyrus Fragment)
Today’s New York Times published an article summarizing the results of analysis performed on the papyrus fragment known as the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” which was first presented by Dr. Karen L. King (Hollis Professor of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School) at the International Coptic Congress in Rome in September 2012. The article coincides with the Harvard Divinty’s School’s press release announcing the results of testing of the papyrus and carbon ink, as well as analysis of the handwriting and grammar.
An introduction to the fragment, images of the fragment (digital, microscopic, and multi-spectral), and scientific reports (C-14 dating, Micro-Raman spectroscopy, and FR-IT testing) are available at HDS’s The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife 2014 Update.
Dr. King’s critical edition of the papyrus fragment is published in the latest volume of the Harvard Theological Review: Karen L. King. ““Jesus said to them, ‘My wife . . .'”: A New Coptic Papyrus Fragment.” Harvard Theological Review, volume 107, issue 02 (April 2014): pp. 131–159.
An article in the April 9 Hurriyet Daily News reports that the Vefa Kilise Camii is being used as makeshift housing.
Robin Cormack, professor emeritus of art history, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. When Lord Byron went to Greece in 1810, it was the art and culture of antiquity that attracted him. The appreciation of the art of Christian Greece is very modern. Sometimes this Byzantine art is seen as a “decline” from classical art and sometimes as a new and progressive art form. In this lecture recorded on February 27, 2014, at the National Gallery of Art, Robin Cormack considers ways of looking at Byzantine art on the basis of the Gallery’s exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections. This program was coordinated with and supported by Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.
Routledge is looking to recruit an enthusiastic and highly organised person as Editorial Assistant for the Classics, Archaeology and Anthropology lists. This is an exciting opportunity to gain a thorough introduction to the process of publishing, working on a wide range of products including textbooks, handbooks, professional books, and research monographs, and across the full spectrum of sub-disciplines in Classics, Archaeology and Anthropology including the world leading Museum Studies programme.
Position is based in Milton Park, Oxfordshire.