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The Gospel book is by far the most numerous, and hence the most important and characteristic, genre of book production in Byzantine culture. A detailed survey of the surviving material in the British Library carried by the author provides an overview of the Byzantine perception of the Gospel book, and this establishes the features of ‘a standard Byzantine Gospel book’. On the other hand, individual books that do not fit the pattern do exist. For example, Gospel books with framed, full-/half-page illustrations, or marginal illustrations forming a narrative cycle, unusual headpieces, the Evangelist Symbols, imperial portraits, elaborate Canon Tables, and so forth. In this paper, some ‘special’ or ‘non-standard’ Byzantine manuscripts, notably Gospel books with later insertions that exemplify an unusual history of use and reuse, Gospel Lectionaries with unusual cruciform texts, and a copy of the Homilies of Gregory of Nazianzus with frontispieces of a jewelled cross are examined. Obviously Gospel books, Lectionaries and Homilies had a primary function: to preserve and transmit the words of the divinely inspired evangelists and church fathers. But at the same time, they could act as receptacles for precious relic-like elements. This paper suggests that the Byzantine books might have functioned not only as books to be read, but also as holy receptacle and bearer of hidden meaning.
From Manuscripts to Books - Vom Codex zur Edition. Proceedings of the International Workshop on Textual Criticism and Editorial Practice for Byzantine Texts (Vienna, 10-11 December 2009), ed. by Antonia Giannouli - Elisabeth Schiffer, Wien 2011 (Denkschriften der philosophisch-historischen Klasse, 431 - Veröffentlichungen zur Byzanzforschung, 29). ISBN 978-3-7001-7132-4, € 73.40.
Griechische Handschriften: gestern, heute und morgen
22./23.–28. September 2013, Hamburg
The 8th International Colloquium on Greek Palaeography (Greek manuscripts yesterday, today and tomorrow) will be hosted by the University of Hamburg (with a day trip to Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel on Thursday, 26 September). Invited papers will fall within the conference sections listed below. There is room for some additional submissions (please contact the section chairs directly, making sure to send a cc to the local organisers at email@example.com). A limited number of bursaries will be available to young researchers. A call for posters will be published later.
1) Paléographie et philologie
Direction: Erich Lamberz (firstname.lastname@example.org), Nigel Wilson (email@example.com)
Sul sito dell'Università di Princeton, all'interno dell'Index of Christian Art (inaccessibile dal 23 dicembre 2011 al 3 gennaio 2012), è liberamente consultabile la ricchissima fototeca di Gabriel Millet, compresa la sezione dedicata ai manoscritti miniati; il database è soprattutto di interesse storico-artistico ma anche di notevole utilità paleografica.
Maria Stelladoro, Daniele monaco, scriba del SS.mo Salvatore di Messina de lingua phari, in Du scriptorium à l'atelier. Copistes et enlumineurs dans la conception du livre manuscrit au Moyen Âge, Turnhout 2011 (= Pecia. Le livre et l'écrit, 13/2010), pp. 11-30.
Segnaliamo la conferenza di David Speranzi, Manoscritti greci provenienti da Creta nella biblioteca di un camaldolese, nella giornata di studi che si terrà a Firenze il 28 novembre 2011 per il millenario della fondazione dell'eremo di Camaldoli.
Al manoscritto 3632 della Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna sono dedicati i saggi di C. Faraggiana di Sarzana, A. Bernasconi, F. Marchetti, K. Ingalis, A. Pandimiglio e P. Baraldi, apparsi nel secondo volume di In Bub. Ricerche e cataloghi sui fondi della Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna (Minerva, 2010)
Lincoln College Summer School of Greek Palaeography
Oxford, 13-18 August 2012
Purpose: The school is intended for students of Classical, Biblical, Patristic and medieval Greek literature, for historians of Byzantine art and culture, and for custodians of manuscripts and rare books. Its aim is to introduce them to research work with medieval Greek manuscripts.
Structure: Over the course of five days, students will have ten reading classes, participate in four manuscript viewing sessions in Oxford libraries, and attend ten lectures (listed below).
Tutors: Ilse de Vos (M.A., Ghent; Ph.D., Leuven); Charalambos Dendrinos (M.A., Ph.D., London); Dimitrios Skrekas (M.St., D.Phil., Oxford); Georgi Parpulov (M.A., Sofia; Ph.D., Chicago); Nigel Wilson, F.B.A.
Lecture speakers: Andrew Honey (Care and Conservation of Byzantine Manuscripts), Nigel Wilson (Cataloguing Greek Manuscripts; Editing Classical Texts), Ilse de Vos (Editing Patristic Texts), Marc Lauxtermann (Editing Byzantine Poetry), Elizabeth Jeffreys (Editing Byzantine Prose), Michael Jeffreys (Editing Vernacular Texts; Early Printing in Greek), Alexander Lingas (Greek Liturgical Manuscripts), Maja Kominko (Byzantine Manuscript Illumination).
Fees: £ 200
Accommodation: Accommodation will be available at Lincoln College at the cost of £ 263 (prices current as of December 2011), but students may choose to make their own living arrangements in Oxford.
Financial assistance: Bursaries of £ 463 will cover the fees and accommodation expenses of at least five students. At least two more students will be able to attend the school without paying a £ 200 fee. Active efforts are being made to raise funds for further bursaries.
Applications are due on or before 8 January 2012 and are to be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please, explain in detail your reasons for wishing to attend the school and attach your current CV. Indicate whether you would like to be considered for financial assistance. Arrange for one letter of reference from an established academic to be sent to the same e-mail address by 8 January 2012. Successful applicants will be notified on 20 January 2012.