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Chapters and Titles in Byzantine Literature

This colloquium will consider the way in which Byzantine texts label literature. Particular attention will be paid to the literary format of chapters (κεφάλαια). The colloquium concludes the KU Leuven research project Investigations into the Nature of Patristic and Byzantine Literature. Speakers will include Eva De Ridder (KU Leuven), Dirk Krausmüller (Mardin Artuklu Üniversitesi), Katrien Levrie (KU Leuven) and Andreas Rhoby (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften).

Colloquium

12th September 2014

This one-day colloquium will consider the way in which Byzantine texts label literature: how do they refer to earlier and contemporary literature, and how to they characterize themselves in terms of genre and format? It is interesting not only to document such characterizations but also to reflect upon them in view of what they tell us about the transmission of knowledge in Byzantium. Particular attention will be paid to the typically Byzantine literary format of chapters (κεφάλαια), in which usage of and references to earlier literature play an important role. The colloquium concludes the KU Leuven research project Investigations into the Nature of Patristic and Byzantine Literature.

Conveners: Reinhart Ceulemans & Peter Van Deun.

With the support from VZW Graecitas Christiana and KU Leuven.

Find the poster here.

 

Program

*** UPDATE 9/9/14 ***  Unforeseen circumstances forced Dirk Krausmüller to cancel his participation. In his stead, the conveners will give a paper on the research project behind the colloquium. Time slots remain the same. *** UPDATE 9/9/14 ***

9.15 – 9.30
Peter Van Deun & Reinhart Ceulemans
Introductory words
9.30 – 10.30
Dirk Krausmüller (Mardin Artuklu Üniversitesi)
From the Simple to the Complex: the First Chapters of Nicetas Stethatos’ Gnostic Centuries
10.30 – 11.00
Eva De Ridder (KU Leuven)
The Capita de ieiunio: A Spin-off in the Manuscript Tradition of the Anthologium gnomicum (CPG 7716)
 
(coffee break)
 
11.30 – 12.00
Katrien Levrie (KU Leuven)
Byzantine Chapter Collections: Investigations into the Roots of a Genre
12.00 – 1.00
Andreas Rhoby (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften)
Labelling Literary Works in the Middle and Late Byzantine Period

 

Venue
KU Leuven - Faculty of Arts
Mgr. Sencie Institute room MSI 02.08 (see directions and plan)
Blijde-Inkomststraat 21
BE-3000 Leuven

 

Registration

Attendance is free but registration is required (before 10th September). To register, just send an e-mail to Reinhart Ceulemans.

 

 

Excerpt from: Elias Ecdicus, Capita alia (MS Matsouki, Bylizas 5, f. 319v)