Dropping a Medieval Chronicle (and Putting it Back Together)

Date: Mar 28, 2019 Time: 6:15 PM–7:45 PM Location: Harvard Faculty Club Address: 20 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA 02138

Jesse W. Torgerson reconsiders the Chronography of George the Synkellos and Theophanes.

About the Speaker

Jesse W. Torgerson, Wesleyan University

Jesse W. Torgerson is Assistant Professor of Letters at Wesleyan University. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. His teaching and research interests are in the medieval period with a specialty in the Byzantine Empire, animated in particular by exchanges and interactions between the societies and cultures of Europe and the Mediterranean basin.

His research projects revolve around the creation and transfer of historical knowledge in the Byzantine and Carolingian empires of the ninth century. His current book project re-creates the dramatic mid-ninth-century political context surrounding the re-editing of a famous Byzantine history of the universe, the Chronography (or Chronicle) of George Synkellos and Theophanes the Confessor.