From Byzantium to the Early Greek Enlightenment

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From Byzantium to the Early Greek Enlightenment: Books, Authors, and Ideologies in Early Modern Greek Contexts (15th–18th c.), Thompson Room, Barker Center, Harvard University, May 3–4, 2019

May 3–4, 2019, the Harvard University Department of Classics and the Standing Committee on Medieval Studies will host the conference "From Byzantium to the Early Greek Enlightenment: Books, Authors, and Ideologies in Early Modern Greek Contexts (15th–18th c.)" in memory of Evro Layton. The conference is organized by Panagiotis Roilos, with the assistance of Calliope Dourou.


May 3: 9:00-11:00

Panagiotis Roilos (Harvard University)
Introductory Remarks

Kathleen Coleman (Harvard University)
Introductory Remarks

Josiah Blackmore (Harvard University)
Introductory Remarks

Comparative, Methodological, and Archival Perspectives
Chair: Josiah Blackmore (Harvard University)

Ann Blair (Harvard University)
Keynote Remarks: The Growth of Book History in Early Modern Studies

Dia Philippides (Boston College)
From Evro Layton's Archival Legacy at Harvard

Panagiotis Roilos (Harvard University)
The Beginnings of Modern Greek Literature: Boundaries, Definitions, and Ideological Constructs

May 3: 11:00-11:15
Coffee Break

May 3: 11:15-13:15

From Manuscript to Print Networks
Chair: Marc Lauxtermann (University of Oxford)

David Speranzi (National Central Library, Florence)  
A Byzantine Humanist and His Manuscripts: Demetrios Kastrenos (late 15th c.)

Geri Della Rocca de Candal (University of Oxford)
The Output of the Earliest Greek Press: Circulation and Use of Laonikos's and Alexandros's Batrachomyomachia and Psalterium (Venice, 1486)

Kostas Yiavis (Aristotle University of Thessalonike)
Birth in Venice: Inventing Greek Modernity in the Sixteenth-century Printing House

Natasha Constantinidou (University of Cyprus)
Books for Greeks and Books for non-Greeks in the Sixteenth Century: Evidence from the Editions

May 3: 13:15-14:30
Lunch Break

May 3: 14:30-16:30

Texts and Authors
Chair: Alexander Riehle (Harvard University)

Marc Lauxtermann (University of Oxford)
The Grammar of Nikolaos Sophianos and Its Latin Models

Calliope Dourou (Harvard University)
Reciting the Nation: Nikolaos Loukanes and the Poetics of a Renaissance Epos

Walter Puchner (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) and Dimitris Stamatis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Ancient Greek Tragedies in the Orthodox Tradition: Domna (after 1714) and Abel by Zacharias Karantenos

Jacques Bouchard (University of Montreal)
The Innovative Impact of French Letters on the Early Greek Enlightenment
May 4: 10:00-11:30

Chair: Dia Philippides (Boston College)

Simos Zenios (University of California, Los Angeles)
The Metaphorics of Eros: Between Aesthetics and Ideology in the Cypriot Canzoniere

Nikos Panou (State University of New York, Stony Brook)
Sovereign Virtue: Statecraft and Morality in the Age of Absolutism

Panagiotis Roilos (Harvard University)
The Story of Markada: Antisemitism and Ethnic Ideologies in a Popular Late 17th-century Poem