Byzantine Studies Conference Archives

Thirty-second Annual Byzantine Studies Conference

November 10-12, 2006
University of Missouri, St. Louis

Friday, November 10


8:30-9:00 AM          WELCOME

9:05-11:00 AM        SESSION I            

Chair: Marios Philippides

Warfare, Law, and Politics

Walter E. Kaegi
University of Chicago
The African Drill in the Strategikon of Maurice

David Parnell
Saint Louis University
A Prosopographical Approach to Justinian’s Army

Ralph W. Mathisen
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“De infirmandis his quae sub tyrannis gesta sunt”:The Fate of the Acta of Failed Emperors during the Early Byzantine Empire

Dimitrios Krallis
University of Michigan
Democratic Praxis and Republican Ideology in the Eleventh Century

9:05-11:00 AM       SESSION II           

Chair: Sharon Gerstel


Robert Ousterhout
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Church of St. Spyridon at Silivri/Selymbria

Anastasios Tantsis
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Three Churches of Mystra Reconsidered

Linda Safran
University of Toronto
Talking Walls: Graffiti in Southeastern Italy

Nebojöa Stanković
Princeton University
Middle- and Late-Byzantine Monastic Ossuaries: Architecture, Liturgical Function, and Meaning

11:00-11:15 AM     COFFEE

11:15-12:30 AM     SESSION III

Chair:  George Demacopoulos

Intellectual Culture and the Encounter with the Past

Stratis Papaioannou
Brown University and Dumbarton Oaks
Byzantine Perceptions of Late Antiquity

Charles J. Zabrowski
Gettysburg College
Evidence for an Independent Textual Tradition of Aeschylus’s Persae in Manuscripts of Thessalonican Provenance

James F. Patterson
University of Texas at Austin
Omnia Appetunt Esse: A Possible Link Between Plethon and Scholasticism

11:15-12:30 AM   SESSION IV         

Chair:  Ruma Niyogi-Salhi

Cities, Commerce, and Culture 

Aslihan Akisik
Harvard University
Praising a City in the Late Byzantine Period: Nicea, Trebizond, and Thessalonica

Dimitri Korobeinikov
University of Oxford
A Byzantine City in the Nomadic Environment: Laodikeia in the Thirteenth Century

Koray Durak
Harvard University\
Arabic Pharmacological Literature: An Alternative Source of Evidence for Byzantine-Arab Commerce in the Early Middle Ages

12:30-2:00 PM        LUNCH

2:00-3:45 PM          SESSION V           

Chair:  Robert Ousterhout

The Trade in Illicit Antiquities: The Responsibilities of Scholars, Museum Curators, and Professional Organizations

Panel Discussion 

Gary Vikan
Walters Art Gallery

Malcolm Bell III
Archeological Institute of America and University of Virginia

Günder Varinoğlu
University of Pennsylvania

2:00-3:45 PM          SESSION VI         

Chair: Alice-Mary Talbot   

Holy People and Places

Anthony Kaldellis
Ohio State University
Why Did Christian Pilgrims Travel to the Byzantine Parthenon?

Nathanael Andrade
University of Michigan
Pseudo-Martyrius’s Life of John Chrysostom and the Contested Spaces of Constantinople

Robert R. Phenix, Jr.
Saint Louis University
A Syriac Verse Homily on the Translation of the Bones of the Patriarch Joseph to Constantinople in the Fifth Century

Paroma Chatterjee
University of Chicago
Saintly Lives in Sacred Space: A Physical Context for Byzantine “Vita” Icons

3:45-4:00 PM          COFFEE

4:00-6:00 PM          SESSION VII        

Chair: Carolyn Connor

Manuscripts and Sculpture

Steven H. Wander
University of Connecticut, Stamford\
The Joshua Roll: Codex Vaticanus Palatinus Graecus 431, Reconsidered

Travis Lee Clark
Temple University
Behold the Cosmos: The Virgin Frontispieces of Smyrna Evangelical School B.8

Eunice Dauterman Maguire
Johns Hopkins University
A Byzantine Ceramic Nude at Johns Hopkins University

Lisa Mahoney
Johns Hopkins University
Picturing Strength: The Appropriation of Byzantine Imperial Motifs in the Histoire ancienne jusqu’à César (London, MS. Add. 15268)

4:00-6:00 PM          SESSION VIII       

Chair: Tia Kolbaba

Rethinking Byzantine Theological Controversy

George E. Demacopoulos
Fordham University
What’s in a Title?: Pope Gregory I and the “Ecumenical” Controversy of the Late Sixth Century

Adam Schor
Long Island University, C W Post Campus
Behind the Controversy:  Advantages and Limitations of Socio-political Approaches to Theological Disputes

George A. Bevan
University of Toronto
The Deep Politics of Chalcedon

D.Oliver Herbel
Saint Louis University
Ratramnus of Corbie and Photios of Constantinople as Sources for Bonaventure’s Filioque Arguments in the Sentences

6:00-7:00 PM Discussion of the Graduate Student Prize

Chair: Derek Krueger

with libations

Saturday, November 11

8:30-10:30 AM        SESSION IX         

Chair:  Alicia Walker

Excavations at Amorium

Mücahide Lightfoot
Amorium Excavations Project
A Brief Survey of the Metalwork from Amorium

Eric A. Ivison
City University of New York
The Baptistery of the Lower City Church at Amorium and Changing Patterns of Baptism in Byzantium

Johanna Witte-Orr
Farmington, Iowa
Pastimes in Amorium: Games and Gameboards

C.S. Lightfoot
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Shedding Light on Dark Age and Middle Byzantine Amorium

8:30-10:30 AM        SESSION X          

Chair: Georgia Frank

Panel Discussion of Susan Ashbrook Harvey’s Scenting Salvation: Ancient Christianity and the Olfactory Imagination (University of California Press, 2006) 

Robin Darling Young
University of Notre Dame

Béatrice Caseau
Université de Paris IV Sorbonne

Deborah Green
University of Oregon

Maria Hatjigeorgiou
Middlebury College

Robert S. Nelson
Yale University


Susan Ashbrook Harvey
Brown University

10:30-10:45 AM     COFFEE

10:45-12:30 AM     SESSION XI         

Chair: Robert Allison

Ascetics and Monastics

Cornelia B. Horn
Saint Louis University
True Repentance: Hesychius of Jerusalem’s Influence on Ascetic Movements in Byzantine Palestine

Matthew Milliner
Princeton University
Theodore of Studios and the Transformation of the Holy Man

Hellen Dayton
Harvard University
Implications of Gregory Sinaites’  Jesus Prayer on Russian Monastic Life As Seen Through the “Ustav” of Nil Sorsky

Robert Romanchuk
Florida State University
The Gorica Miscellany (Belgrade SANU 446) and the Education of a “Bluestocking Nun”

10:45-12:30 AM     SESSION XII        

Chair:  Anne McClanan

Decorating, Defining, and Furnishing Sacred Space

Alev Turker
Hacettepe University, Ankara
A Unique Iconographic Type of Christ in Cappadocia: Christ, The Ancient of Days

Carolyn L. Connor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Lost Mosaics of Constantinople and the Middle-Byzantine Program of Church Decoration

Annie Labatt
Yale University
Crossing Boundaries: Byzantine Processional Crosses and Realms of Uncertainty

Mark J. Johnson
Brigham Young University
The Villa of Centcelles and the Porphyry Alveus at the Monastery of Santes Creus

12:30-2:15 PM        BUSINESS LUNCH

2:30-4:15 PM          SESSION XIII      

Chair: Stratis Papaioannou

Literature and Performance 

Thomas Brauch
Central Michigan University
Themistius: The Private Orations

Amy Papalexandrou
University of Texas at Austin
Emelōdei gynaikōdōs:  The Ingenious Song of Andronikos Komnenos

Andrew Walker White
University of Maryland, College Park
Theatre and Drama in Byzantium: New Approaches, New Contexts

Kevin Kalish
Princeton University
A Christian Narrative in Homeric Verse: The Melding of Poetic Traditions in the Vision of Dorotheus and the Emergence of Christian Hexameter Poetry

2:30-4:15 PM          SESSION XIV      

Chair: Kathleen Maxwell

Beyond Byzantine

Suna Cagaptay
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
How Ottoman Is It? Envisioning Early Fourteenth-Century Prousa and Its Byzantine Architectural Setting

Heather Grossman
University of Illinois at Chicago
Historiography and Hybridity: Western Medieval and Byzantine Architectural Canons and the Medieval Mediterranean

Marios Philippides
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
The Great King of Persia, Alexander the Great, and Mehmed II Fatih: Cardinal Isidore and his Literary Circle in 1453

Nora Laos
University of Houston
Byzantium in Texas: The Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum in Houston

4:15-4:30                  COFFEE

4:30-6:15                  SESSION XV        

Chairs: Glenn Peers and Charles Barber

Panel Discussion of Marie-José Mondzain’s Image, Icon, Economy and Models for New Approaches to Byzantine Cultural Studies

Charles Barber
University of Notre Dame

Rico Franses
Pratt Institute

Marie-José Mondzain
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris\

Glenn Peers
University of Texas at Austin

4:30-6:15                  SESSION XVI

Chair:  Cecil L. Striker

Anatolian Archeology

Zeliha Demirel Gökalp
Anadolu University, Eskişehir
Byzantine Æ Coin Finds from Pisidia in a General Evaluation of the Byzantine Numismatic Evidence in Anatolia

Gökçen Kurtuluş Öztaşkın
Anadolu University, Eskişehir
Byzantine Period Buildings in Antalya/Yanartas

Muradiye Bursalı
Anadolu University, Eskişehir
Early Byzantine Period Vessels from Antalya/Olympos

Yelda Olcay Uçkan
Anadolu University, Eskişehir
Yalçın Mergen
Dokuz Eylül University, İzmir
New and Different View of the Ancient Lycian City of Olympos: The City of the Hieromartyr Methodios

7:30-10:30  Banquet

Sunday, November 12

8:30-10:30 AM        SESSION XVII

Chair: Linda Safran

Byzantium in Italy

Lisa Boutin
University of California, Los Angeles
Jacopo Bellini’s Manifestations of Artistic Synthesis: Veneto-Byzantine Painting and Half-length Madonnas

Rebecca W. Corrie
Bates College
Once Again: Byzantine Painters and Images of St. Francis in Tuscany and Umbria

Anne McClanan
Portland State University
The Virgin’s Belt from Constantinople to Siena: Reinventing a Sacred Relic

Alicia Walker
Washington University, St. Louis
The San Marco Censer in Context: Literary and Artistic Depictions of the Middle Byzantine Garden Pavilion

8:30-10:30 AM        SESSION XVIII    

Chair:  George Majeska

The Black Sea and Armenia

Christina Maranci
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Architecture, Sculpture, and the Measure of Time in Early Medieval Armenia

Alexander Gertsen
Taurida National University, Simferopol, Ukraine
Early Byzantine Doros-Mangup

Aleksandr Aibabin
National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine
The Rural Population of the Northern Border of the Byzantine Empire in the Mountains of Crimea in the 6th to 9th Centuries

10:30-10:45 AM     COFFEE

10:45-12:30 PM     SESSION XIX      

Chair: Asen Kirin

Early Byzantine Arts

David H. Wright
University of California at Berkeley
Large-Scale Christian Painting on Linen from Greek Fifth-Century Egypt

Örgü Dalgıç
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
The Triumph of Dionysus in Constantinople: A Mosaic and Its Context

Linda Moskeland Fuchs
Cornell University
A Textual Variant in Early Christian Art: The “Jonah Sarcophagus” and Origen on Peter’s Journey to Emmaus [Luke 24:34]

10:45-12:30 PM      SESSION XX       

Chair: Adam Schor

The Sacred and the Profane

Adam Chambers
Miami University of Ohio
Sacred Space and Social Meaning:Churches and Their Benefactors in the Transjordan: 4th-7th c. C.E.

Gregor Kalas
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Icon and Portrait: Image Genres in Rome at the Onset of Iconoclasm

Jacquelyn Tuerk
Kean University
Sacred Space and Magical Amulets

Hélène Bernier
Université de Paris X, Nanterre
Greek Vampires: Pre-Christian, Christian, and Slavic Elements in a Long-lasting Belief

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