Byzantine Studies Conference Archives

Twenty-First Annual Byzantine Studies Conference
November 9-12, 1995
New York University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, New York


Sessions will be held on Friday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and on Saturday and Sunday at New York University, Main Building. Questions regarding local arrangements may be addressed to Professors Thomas F. Mathews, Institute of Fine Arts, 1 East 78th Street, New York, NY 10021, (212) 772-5837, fax (212) 772-5807 or Carol Herselle Krinsky, Fine Arts Department, 303 Main, New York University, 100 Washington Square East, New York, NY 10003, (212) 998-8180, fax (212) 995-4182. Questions about the program should be addressed to Professor Mary-Lyon Dolezal, Department of Art History, 5229 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-5229, (503) 346-2071.


6:00-9:00 pm Reception and Registration
Inauguration of the Exhibition "A Mediterranean Currency: Byzantine Coinage East and West, A.D. 497- 1100" at the Alexander S. Onassis Center for Hellenic Studies of N.Y.U., 58 West 10th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues).



All Friday sessions at the Uris Conference Center, 5th Avenue at 81st
Street entrance.

9:00 am Welcome
Philippe de Montebello, Director, and William D. Wixom,
Curator of Medieval Art and Director of The Cloisters

9:15-11:15 am Session One: Workshop Practices: Artists at Work
Uris Auditorium

Co-Chairs: Carolyn Connor (University of North Carolina) and Rebecca Corrie (Bates College)

Archer St. Clair (Rutgers University): Evidence for Ivory and Bone Working in Ancient Rome: The Palatine East Excavation

Christine Kondoleon (Worcester Art Museum): The Case for a Flexible Approach: Floor Mosaic Workshop Practices

John Lowden (Courtauld Institute. London): The Artist and Scribe Theodore at Work on his Psalter in 1066

Annemarie Weyl Carr (Southern Methodist University): A Palaiologan Funerary Icon from Gothic Cyprus

9:15-11:15 am Session Two: Orthodoxy. Heterodoxy. and Exegesis
Uris Conference Room

Chair: Elizabeth Clark (Duke University)

Holly Edmisten (University of Kentucky); Authority and Heresiology in the Early Church

Patrick T.R. Gray (York University): A Star is Born: The Patrification of Athanasius

Michael Maas (Rice University): Justinian's Quaestor Discusses Divine and Human Law

Naomi Janowitz (University of California. Davis): The Transformation of Matter: Jewish Alchemical Arts in Late Antiquity

9:15-11:15 Session Three: Byzantium and the Steppes
Orientation Theater

Chair: Peter B. Golden (Rutgers University, Newark)

Peter Heather (Urriversity College, London): Huns, Horses, and Nomadism

Hugh Elton (Trinity College, CT): The Nature of War on the Steppes, c. 400-650

Mark Whittow (Oxford, UK): Byzantium and the Khazars: A Special Relationship Reconsidered

John S. Langdon (Marlborough School, Los Angeles): Byzantium's Initial Encounter with the Chinggisids in the Thirteenth Century

11:30 am-1:15 pm Session Four: Anna Komnena: Her Alexiad and its Cultural Context
Uris Auditorium

Chair: Thalia Gouma-Peterson (College of Wooster)

Charles M. Brand (Bryn Mawr College): Anna Komnena: Woman and Historian

Emily Albu (University of California. Davis): The Women of the Alexiad

Barbara Hill (Toronto): A Vindication of the Rights of Women to Power by Anna Komnena

Sarolta A. Takacs (Harvard University): Convergence of Silence and Articulatiom Anna Komnena's Filial Devotion and Philosophical Zeal

11:30 am-1:15 pm Session Five: Venice and the East
Uris Conference Room

Chair: John Osborne (University of Victoria)

Thomas Dale (Columbia Universityj: The Enigma of Enrico Dandolo's Tomb in Hagia Sophia

Debra Pincus (University of British Columbia):The Stones of Venice Speak: Evidence from the Fourteenth Century

Elisaveta Todorova (Northern Kentucky University): Venice beyond Constantinople

11:30 am-1:15 pm Session Six: Coins and Ceramics in their Archaeological Context
Orientation Theater

Chaic William Metcalf (American Numismatic Society, New York)

Peter Lampinen (Combined Caesarea Expeditions). Imitations of Byzantine Coins at Caesarea Maritima: The Continuation of Civic Tradition

Robert Scott Mobre (Ohio State University): Ceramic Evidence for East Mediterranean Trade in Late Antiquity

Jodi Magness (Tufts University): Capernaum and the Ceramic Chronology of Early Islamic Palestine

3:00-5:00 pm Session Seven: Architectural Studies in Honor of Richard Krautheimer

Chair: Slobodan Ćurčić (Princeton University)

Slobodan Ćurčić: Richard Krautheimer

Gillian Mackie (University of Victoria): The Santa Croce Drawings: A Re-examination

Annie-Christine Daskalakis and Thomas F. Mathews (Institute of Fine Arts. New York University): The Adoption of the Islamic Inverted T-Plan in Byzantine Domestic Architecture in Cappadocia

Robert Ousterhout (University of Illinoisj: The Byzantine Settlement at Canli Kilise and the Question of Cappadocian Settlements

Svetlana Popovic: The Chapel in the Late Byzantine Monastic Context

3:00-5:00 pm Session Eight: Genre and Cliche in Byzantine Literature
Uris Conference Room

Chair: Ihor Ševčenko (Harvard University)

Stephen A. Stertz (Kean College of New Jersey, Dowling College): Philosophy Wears a Crown: The Image of the Emperor Julian in the Works of Libanius

Irfan Shahid (Georgetown University/Dumbarton Oaks): Miles Quondam et Graecus: Ammianus Marcellinus: Res Gestae, 31.16.9

Derek Krueger (University of North Carolina. Greensborough: Theories of Religious Narrative in the Prefaces of Early Byzantine Saints' Lives

Anthony Hirst (King's College, London): Restoring the Image: A Reappraisal of Romanos' Easter Kontakion (Maas and Trypanis No. 29, "On the Resurrection V1")

Margaret E. Mullett (The Queen's University of Belfast): Genre, Cliche, and Reality: Friendship Topoi in and out of Middle Byzantine Epistolography

Blumenthal Patio

The galleries of the Museum remain open to the public until 8:45 pm; admission is complimentary for BSC registrants. The dining facilities remain open until 10 pm.)


All sessions take place at Main Building, 100 Washington Square East at Waverly Place.

9:00-10:45pm Session Nine: Late Empire
Room 703

Chair and Commentator: Paul Magdalino (Harvard University)

Demetrios Kyritses (Harvard University): The "Common Chrysobulls" of Cities and the Pattern of Ownership in Late Byzantium

Marios Philippides (University of Massachusetts): Some Artistic Portrayals of the Last Imperial Family, 1400-1470

Walter K. Hanak (Shepherd College): Nestor-lskander's The Tale of Constantinople, Byzantine, Western, and Muscovite Sources on the Fall (1453) and its Conqueror, Mehmet II

9:00-10:45pm Session Ten: New Technology for Byzantine Studies

Chair Judith Herrin (King's College, London)

Peter Ian Kuniholm (Cornell University): New Tree-Ring Dates for Byzantine Buildings

Don S. Skemer and Ted Stanley (Princeton University): Photography and Palimpsest (Garrett MS. 24)

Henry Maguire (Dumbarton Oaks/University of Illinois): "Portraits of Byzantium." A Multi-media Project

Alice-Mary Talbot and Lee F. Sherry (Dumbarton Oaks): The Dumbarton Oaks Hagiography Database Project

9:00-10:45pm Session Eleven: Georgia

Chair: Helen C. Evans (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Irakli Iakobashvili (K. Kekelidze Institute of Manuscripts, Tbilisi): Some Specific Aspects of "Byzantine" (Mixed) Mural Painting Technique Distribution in Middle Age Georgia

Thamar Otkhmezouri (K.Kekelidze Institute of Manuscripts, Tbilisi); Some Remarks about the Georgia Codex S-1276 (Tbilisi)

Dora Piguet-Panayotova (Paris): The Outside Carved Decoration of the Georgian Churches in Iskhani and Oski

11:00 am-12:45 pm Session Twelve: Byzantine Romances
Room 703

Chair and Commentator: Roderick Beaton (King's College, London)

Elizabeth Jeffreys (University of Sydney): The Literary Context of the Novels of Twelfth-Century Constantinople

Ruth Webb (Princeton University/King's College, London): Eustathios Makrembolites' Hysmini and Hysminias: Re-writing and Re-reading the Greek Novels

Margaret Alexiou (Harvard University): Eros and the "constraints of desire" in Eustathios Makrembolites' Hysmini and Hysminias

Maria Hatjigeorgiou (Hamilton, NY): Literary Uses of Folktale Motifs in the Palaiologan Romance of Kallimachos and Chrysorrhoe

11:00 am-12:45pm Session Thirteen: The Legacy of Byzantium
Room 774

Chair: Robert S. Nelson (University of Chicago)

Asen Kirin (Princeton University): The Cult of the Mother of God Osenovitsa (She Who Overshadows)

Ljubica D. Popovich (Vanderbilt University): An Overall View of Prophet Images in Post-Byzantine Painting in Bulgaria from the late 15th to the Late 17th Century

Ellen C. Schwartz (Eastern Michigan University): The Angel of the Wilderness: Russian Icons and the Byzantine Legacy

Philip Shashko (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee): What and Where is Byzantium? The Presence and Absence of a Civilization in American University Textbooks

1:00-2:30 pm Business Lunch

John Ben Snow Dining Room. Bobst Library. 12th floor

Guest Speaker: Professor Peter Schreiner (University of Cologne/Editor, Byzantinische Zeitschrift): The Bibliography of the Byzantinische Zeitschrift. Actual Problems and their Solution in the Future

2:45-4:30pm Session Fourteen: Late Antique and Byzantine Manuscripts
Room 703

Chair: Jeffrey C. Anderson (George Washington University)

David H. Wright (Oakland. CA): The Last Important Pagan Art Patron in Rome

Ann Marie Yasin (University of Chicago): On Giving Churches and Receiving a Book: The Vienna Dioscurides (Med. Gr. 1) as a document of Exchange

Glenn Peers (Johns Hopkins University): Patriarchal Politics in the Paris Gregory

Dimitrios G. Katsarelias (Institute of Fine Arts/ Metropolitan Museum of Art): Middle Byzantine Illuminated Liturgical Manuscripts: Function and Appreciation of the Miniatures

2:45-4:30pm Session Fifteen: Cultural Literacy and Cultural Ritual
Room 714

Chair: Fred Paxtorr (Connecticut College)

Michele Renee Salzman (University of California, Riverside): The Education of Aristocratic Children in the Fourth Century: Whose Responsibility Was It?

Raffaella Cribiore (Columbia University): Greek and Coptic Education in Byzantine Egypt

Hagith Sivan (University of Kansas): Worldly Time and Temporal Eternity in Holy Land Pilgrimage in the Early Byzantine Period

Kathryn M. Ringrose (University of California, San Diego): Eunuchs as Cultural Mediators in Byzantium

Liliana Simeonova (Albany. NY). Diplomacy of the Stick-Humiliation of High-Ranking Foreigners in Tenth-Century Constantinople

2:45-4:30pm Session Sixteen: Urban Landscape
Room 713

Chair: Kenneth Holum (University of Maryiand)

Michael Gaddis (Princeton University): Greece in Late Antiquity: Urban Decline and Rural Expansion

Timothy E. Gregory (Ohio State University): City and Territory in Early Byzantine Cyprus: Hypotheses and Spatial Considerations

Linda Jones Hall (Ohio State University): Artisans of Berytus in Late Antiquity: Social Evidence from Inscriptions and Artifacts

Richard M. Rothaus (St. Cloud State University): The Kenchreai Basilica

4:45-6:30pm Session Seventeen: Pioneers of Byzantine Studies in America
Room 703

Chair: Walter E. Kaegi. Jr.. (University of Chicago)

John W. Barker (University of Wisconsin): A.A. Vasiliev: The Madison Years

John Duffy (University of Maryland): Byzantium in Buffalo: From the Life and Works of L.G. Westerink

Rudi Lindner (University of Michigan): Paul J. Alexander: "There is No One Whose Loss Would Be a More Serious Blow"

William Loerke (Dumbarton Oaks): Kurt Weitzmann: The Earlier Years

4:45-6:30 pm Session Eighteen: Palaeography and Codicology
Room 714

Chair: John Sharpe (Duke University)

Kathleen McNamee (Wayne State University): Another Item in the History of Scholia

Nadezhda Kavrus-Hoffmann (New York City): An Anonymous Copyist of Six Gospels and Psalters

Mark L. Sosower (North Carolina State University): Utilizing Computer Technology to Identify the Handwriting of a Sixteenth-Century Scribe

Robert W. Allison (Bates College): Gabriel of Kallioupolis, Iznik, and the Gallipolite Style

4:45-6:30pm Session Nineteen: Walls
Room 713

Chair: Joseph D. Alchermes (New York Cityj

James Crow (University of Newcastle upon Tyne): The Anastasian Wall Project 1994-95

Monica Barran Fullerton (Ohio State University): Fortification and the Ideology of the City in Late Antiquity: the Case of Athens

Erkki Sironen (Academy of Finland): Early Byzantine Restorations of the Outer City Walls of Athens: New Evidence from a Statue Base Epigram

7:00-10:00pm Cocktails and Banquet
John Ben Snow Dining Room, Bobst Library. 12th floor

Greetings from Dean Matthew Santirocco, College of Arts and Science. New York University



9:00-11:30 am Session Twenty: Early Christian and Byzantine Church Decoration
Room 703

Chair: Linda Seidel (University of Chicago)

Marilyn E. Heldman (St. Louis, MO): Fauna of the Terrestrial World: An Early Byzantine Scheme Preserved in Ethiopian Church Decoration

Natalia Teteriatnikov (Dumbarton Oaks): The Hidden Cross-and-Tree Program in the Brickwork of the Apse of Hagia Sophia

Ann van Dijk (Johns Hopkins University): Domus Sanctus Dei Genetricis Mariae: Art and Liturgy in the Oratory of Pope John V11 (705-707)

Ida Sinkevic (Lafayette College): Some Aspects of the Iconographic Program of the Church of St. Panteleimon at Nerezi

Sharon E. J. Gerstel (University of Maryland/ Dumbarton Oaks): Ritual Swimming and the Feast of the Epiphany

Sarah T. Brooks (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University): The Double Portrait of Kale Kavalasea from Mistra

9:00-11:30am Session Twenty-one: Hagiography
Room 714
Chair: Alexander Alexakis (Columbia University/ Dumbarton Oaks)

Claudia Rapp (University of California. Los Angeles): Fundraising in Late Antiquity: Purpose and Audience of the Historia Lausiaca

Helen Saradi (University of Guelph): Constantinople and its Saints (4th-6th Centuries): The Image of the City and Social Considerations

Dorothy de F. Abrahamse (California State University, Long Beach): Hagiographic Models in the Vita of David, Symeon, and George of Lesbos

Douglas Domingo-Foraste (California State University, Long Beach): Classicism in the Life of SS. David, Symeon, and George

Stephanos Efthymiadis (Dumbarton Oaks): Byzantium Facing the Carolingian West: Literary Convergence and Divergence in the Aftermath of the Dark Ages (ca. AD 750-850)

Elizabeth A. Fisher (George Washington University): Classical Allusions in the Life of the Patriarch Nikephoros by Ignatios the Deacon

11:45 am-1:30pm Session Twenty-two: Late Antique and Byzantine Decorative Arts
Room 703

Chair: Stephen Zwirn (Dumbarton Oaks)

Anthony Cutler (Pennsylvania State University): Disputing the Disputa: The Limits of Late Antique Art

Areti Papanastasiou (University of Chicago): Forging Salvation

Eunice Dauterman Maguire (University of Illinois): Hunting and Falconry on Byzantine Ceramic Tableware

11:45 am-1:30 pm Session Twenty-three: Barbarians and Romans
Room 714

Chair: Alan Cameron (Columbia University)

Frank M. Clover (University of Wisconsin): Roman Clients from Scipio Africanus to Justinian

Luis A. Garcia Moreno (University of Alcala de Henares): Alaric's Invasion of Greece in 395: Gothic Policy and Religious Dispute in Arcadius' Court

Ralph W. Mathisen (University of South Carolina): Barbarian Intellectuals in the Early Byzantine Empire; A Contradiction in Terms?

Margarita Vellejo Girves (University of Alcala de Henares): The Byzantine and Visigothic Perspective of the Political and Religious Confrontation at the End of the Se Sixth Century

11:45 am-1:30 pm Session Twenty-four: Syria
Room 713

Chair; Kathleen McVey (Princeton Theological Seminary)

Monica J. Blanchard (Catholic University): Eznik
Kolbatsi in Edessa

Rima E. Smine (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University): A Workshop cf Syriac Illuminators in Mosul: The Evidence of Vatican Syr. 559 and British Library Add. 7170

Victoria Erhart (Dumbarton Oaks): Syriac Christian Perceptions of Byzantium and the Byzantines in the Periad of the Crusades

3:30-5:30 pm Walking Tour of 20th Century Architecture in Midtown

Carol Herselle Krinsky (New York University)

Please sign up when you register for the Conference, but you may join the tour without advance notice. Meet at the information kiosk at Grand Central Terminal (42nd Street at Park Avenue).

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