Center for Studies on Literature and the Reception of Byzantium

Conferences and Workshops

Preserving, Commenting, Adapting: Commentaries on Ancient Texts inTwelfth-Century Byzantium

Dates:20-21 October 2017
Keynote speakers:Panagiotis Agapitos, Aglae Pizzone
Organisers:Baukje van den Berg, Tomasz Labuk, Divna Manolova, Przemysław Marciniak, Katarzyna Warcaba

This workshop aims to explore the ways in which the Byzantines used—preserved, commented, adapted—ancient literature. We therefore invite abstracts that explore commentaries on ancient texts throughout the Byzantine period. We define ‘commentary’ in a broad sense, to include generically diverse texts that in one way or another comment on the ancient literary heritage. Questions that might be addressed include but are not limited to the following: What (contemporary) questions of meaning do Byzantine commentators seek to answer? What is their hermeneutic and/or didactic programme? How do commentators perceive their own role in preserving or defending the authority of the ancient text? What function do these commentaries fulfil within their intellectual and socio-cultural context? What is the relationship between commentaries on ancient texts and the transtextual use of ancient texts in Byzantine literary practice?

The Call for Papers is available in a PDF file.

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

The conference was held in Katowice on 5th and 6th September 2014 under the Honorary Patronage of Jerzy Buzek, Prime Minister of Poland 1997-2001 and President of European Parliament 2009-2012 and Professor Wiesław Banyś, Rector of the University of Silesia.

The Conference Programme is available in a PDF file.