Center for Studies on Literature and the Reception of Byzantium

Transformations and Adaptations of Byzantine Heritage in Modern Europe 1500-2010

The aim of this project is to bring together scholars who work on the the reception of Byzantine culture in the post-Byzantine world. Research on the reception of Byzantium is a relatively new field - especially when it comes to these cultures which were not parts of the Byzantine Empire. During the first three years we intend to compile a preliminary list of Byzantine secular texts contained in Polish libraries and the catalogue of the translations of Byzantine secular literary texts from between the 16th and late 19th centuries. A conference and a book on the reception of Byzantine culture is also planned.

The project is funded by the Ministry of Research and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland within the scheme of the National Programme for the Development of Humanities.

Visits and lectures


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.


Andrew White, Ph.D. Stratford University, Woodbridge Virginia, USA

A Tale of Two Actresses: Theodora, Sarah Bernhardt, and the Ever-Popular Byzantine Mystique

I cannot thank my friend and colleague Przemysław Marciniak enough for inviting me to the University of Silesia to talk with his Department about Byzantium - a brilliant idea, but there's one problem: what on earth do we mean by "Byzantium"? The word evokes so many images, none of them very positive-which one do we have in mind?


Catalogue of manuscripts from Polish libraries containing Byzantine texts

The following list contains Byzantine works (roughly defined as being written between the 6th and 15th centuries), which can be found in the Polish libraries. The content specifies only Byzantine works.

The Catalogue is available in a PDF file