The Splendor Far Away: Assembling Popular Images of Constantinople


January 25, 2022
19:00 (Turkey), 17:00 (CEST)

The Splendor Far Away
Assembling Popular Images of Constantinople
Emir Alışık, Istanbul University

’What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!’: Byzantium in Popular Culture is an exhibition organized by Istanbul Research Institute for Pera Museum. It explores multiple and conflicting meanings of Byzantinism, and questions popular culture’s interaction with the Byzantine legacy by scrutinizing a selection of topoi representing Byzantium in popular culture. The exhibition coins four topoi – Sailing to Byzantium, Jewel of the World, Riotous Colors, and Cloak and Dagger – which crosscut artistic genres and mediums, such as literature, music, comics and graphic novels, illustrations, video games, movies, and fashion. The first two topoi largely define Byzantinisms that are built upon the attributes of Byzantium/ Constantinople – both the empire and the city – and its monuments. The latter group explains the inner workings and interrelations of the peoples of Byzantium.

This talk will discuss each topos with exemplary artworks to illustrate how the sections of the exhibition came to being.

Emir Alışık is the curator of the exhibition ’What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!’: Byzantium in Popular Culture at the Pera Museum.

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Procopius and the Language of Buildings

Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Seminar – Special Series
Procopius and the Language of Buildings
Wednesdays at 5.30 pm (UK time)

Register in advance for this on-line series:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

(W1) 19 January
M. Whiting, E. Turquois, M. Ritter (Mainz and Halle) Introduction to the DFG project “Procopius and the Language of Buildings”
Marlena Whiting (Mainz and Halle): Networks and the City: Building a network-based model of De Aed. I.

(W2) 26 January
Elodie Turquois (Mainz): Reworking the Buildings: The shorter recension as a later epitome

(W3) 2 February
Efthymios Rizos (Serres): Long Walls and Linear Barriers in the South Balkan Provinces

(W4) 9 February
Jim Crow (Edinburgh): Procopius, De Aedificiis and Eastern Thrace: Is absence the highest form of presence?

(W5) 16 February
Alkiviadis Ginalis (Istanbul): Procopius and the reflection of water landscapes in the 6th century

(W6) 23 February
Olivier Gengler (Tübingen): Building Stories: Constantinople in Malalas and Procopius

(W7) 2 March
Kerim Altuğ (Istanbul): Re-building Byzantium: Archaeological evidence on the construction activities under Justinian in Constantinople and its neighbourhoods

(W8) 9 March
Miranda Williams (Oxford): “He restored all the dismantled fortresses in Libya” (Aed. vi.5.7): Reassessing the Justinianic fortification programme in North Africa

Convened by:
Marlena Whiting, Elodie Turquois, Max Ritter (University of Mainz)
Ine Jacobs, Ida Toth, Marc Lauxtermann (University of Oxford)

Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar, Hilary Term 2022


Mondays, 12:30-14:00 (GMT), via Zoom.

To register, please contact the organiser at
Please note that there is no need to register if you have previously subscribed to the seminar mailing list.

7th February
Becca Grose (Royal Holloway)
Avitus of Vienne and Roman Approaches to Burgundian Royal Women: Ascetics, Virgins and Heretics

14th February
Marc Czarnuszewicz (St. Andrews)
Manzikert 1071: The Arabic and Persian Poetry

21st February
Benjamin Sharkey (Oxford)
The Minority Experience of a Central Asian Christian Community, Explored Through Syriac Gravestone Inscriptions (c. 1201-1345) from the Chu Valley, Kyrgyzstan

28th February
Carolyn Tyler La Rocco (St. Andrews)
Christianising Elites and the Religious Topography of Late Roman and Visigothic Iberia

7th March
Matthew Hassall (Cambridge)
Inventing the Tyrant and the Dissident: Procopius and the Limits on Acceptable Speech

14th March
Margherita Riso (Leicester)
Churches at a Crossroads: Archaeological and Landscape Assessment of a Rural Sacred Landmark in Central Sicily

21st March
Canan Arıkan (Vienna)
Clerics and Building in Early Byzantine Inscriptions

28th March
Blake Lorenz (KU Leuven)
The Epigraphy of the Dome of the Rock in Relation to the Sacred Landscape of Jerusalem

Byzantine Seminar Series at the University of Edinburgh

The Centre of Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies (CLAIBS) invites you to attend the Byzantine Seminar Series at the University of Edinburgh.

The seminars take place at 17:15 and will be held via Zoom. You can register by following this link:

Monday 17 Jan
Beate Böhlendorf-Arslan (Philipps-Universität Marburg) ‘Archaeological interpretation between hypothesis and evidence: some thoughts on new discoveries in the Late Antique and Byzantine city of Assos / Turkey’

Monday 31 Jan
Constantin Zuckermann (École pratique des hautes études, Paris) ‘The fiscal context of the Byzantine Farmer’s Law’

Monday 14 Feb
Vasileios Marinis (Yale University) ‘The many lives of the martyr Euphemia’

Monday 28 Feb
Emilio Bonfiglio (Universität Tübingen) ‘Education in Late Antique and Early Mediaeval Armenia: Agency and movements of scholars and books between Armenia and Byzantium’

Monday 14 Mar
Giulia Maria Paoletti (Austrian Academy of Sciences) tbc

Monday 28 Mar
Ioanna Rapti (École pratique des hautes études, Paris) ‘Viewing the history of Siwnik’ with Step’anos Orbelian, prince, bishop and historian (ca 1300)’

Book Epigrams, Verse Scholia and Some Limit Cases: Versified Paratexts on Historiography and Their Interplay

Speaking From the Margins lecture series, organised by the Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams project (Ghent University).
Julián Bértola (Ghent University), Book Epigrams, Verse Scholia and Some Limit Cases: Versified Paratexts on Historiography and Their Interplay

Date: Tuesday 14 December 2021
Time: 16:00 CET
Location: online via Zoom. No registration required.

For the abstract and the link to the meeting, please visit

You can find more information about the Fall 2021 Series of the Speaking From the Margins lectures on the DBBE project website:

Fantastic Fountains and Where to Find Them, Dec. 16

Byzantium at Ankara is happy to announce the second talk of the Fall 2021/22 Seminar Series.

On Thursday 16 December 2021 (h. 18.00 Istanbul time), Dr. Federica A. Broilo (University of Urbino “Carlo Bò”) will be delivering a paper entitled: “Fantastic Fountains and Where to Find Them: A Comparative Analysis on Fountains in Byzantium and the Islamicate World.”

For further info and registration, please send an email to

The talk will also be broadcast live on our Youtube channel ( ) where all the recordings of the previous lectures can also be found.

Annual Ptarmigan Mini-Lecture Series at Stanford University

These lectures are designed to provide an overview of a specific author, topic, place, text, or methodology accessible both to specialists in late ancient studies as well as to interested parties outside this field. These five virtual lectures are not modelled on a research talk but rather on a classroom lecture, and they require no prior preparation.
Each event will be exactly one hour long: an approximately 40 minute presentation followed by about 15-20 minutes of curated Q&A.
December 1st, 2021, 6PM-7PM PT:
Professor Nicola Denzey-Lewis, Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University, will present “Roman Catacombs.” More information on Professor Denzey-Lewis’ work can be found here:
January 12th, 2022, 5PM-6PM PT:
Professor Meghan Henning, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton, will present “Hell.” More information on Professor Henning’s work can be found here:
February 16th, 2022, 5PM-6PM PT:
Professor Maia Kotrosits, Research Associate, at the University of Waterloo, will present “Fantasy and Late Antiquity.” More information on Professor Kotrosits’ work can be found here:
April 13th, 2022, 5PM-6PM PT:
Professor Shaily Patel, Assistant Professor of Early Christianity at Virginia Tech, will present “Magic in Early Christianity.” More information on Professor Patel’s work can be found here:
May 18th, 2022, 5PM-6PM PT:
Professor Georgia Frank, Charles A. Professor of Religion at Colgate University, will present “Egeria’s Pilgrimage Diary.” More information on Professor Frank’s work can be found here:

Ewa Wipszycka’s Warsaw Late Antique Seminar on Thursday, 2 December (4.45 Warsaw time): Adam Łajtar (UW): A new piece of evidence in an old question: A Greek inscription from Tafah and the Christianisation of Nobadia

On Thursday, 2 November (4.45 Warsaw time), at Ewa Wipszycka’s Warsaw Late Antique Seminar, Adam Łajtar (UW) will present a paper A new piece of evidence in an old question: A Greek inscription from Tafah and the Christianisation of Nobadia. We are meeting in-person at the Library of Papirology and Roman Law (UW main campus) but Zoom participation will also be possible at the this link:
The subject of my presentation will be a Greek inscription painted on a wall of the church arranged in the so-called south temple at Tafa (Lower Nubia). Until quite recently, the text was known only through an imperfect facsimile made in 1819 by Franz Christian Gau, a French architect of German origin. Gertrud van Loon managed to identify among papers of an English aristocrat William John Bankes a much better facsimile of the inscription in question, made towards the end of 1818. Thanks to this facsimile, it is possible to establish that the inscription came into being on the occasion of the consecration of the church after its renovation. Retrospectively, the text mentions two further events: the original consecration of the church and the introduction of the Christianity to Nobadia, and gives the name of the then reigning king. Thus, it contributes considerably to a much debated question of the Evangelisation of Nubia.
Forthcoming papers
9.12: Jakub Łojszczyk (UW) Fragments regarding the alliance with ‘Turks’ as an example of ethnographic categories and Kaiserkritik in the History of Menander the Guardsman
16.12: Przemysław Nehring (Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika), Praktyka i teoria epistolograficzna w listach Augustyna
13.01: Adam Ziółkowski (UW), A case of collective amnesia? Why did the Western Romans of the 4th century know so little about the 3rd century crisis of the Empire?
The full programme can be found at the seminar’s website:

Byzantium in Mainz & Frankfurt lecture series – “Religious Conflict and Mobility, 700-900: Byzantium and the Greater Mediterranean in a New Project”

Byzantium in Mainz & Frankfurt lecture series
“Religious Conflict and Mobility, 700-900: Byzantium and the Greater Mediterranean in a New Project”
Dr. Federico Montinaro (Tübingen) und Joe Glynias (Dumbarton Oaks/Princeton)
30 November 2021, 6:15 p.m.
This talk was originally scheduled to take place in person, but will now be on Zoom; those interested in attending should register at The original description of the talk can be found in the attached brochure.

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