Annual Byzantine Studies Conference

October 27-30, 2005
Georgia Center for Continuing Education

The Byzantine Studies Conference is an association for the presentation and discussion of papers embodying current research on all aspects of Byzantine history and culture. The Conference meets in a different city every year. At meetings, over 100 papers are usually presented and discussed in a relaxed but professional atmosphere. Although most of our members are American academics, we have an international membership and many non-academic members. Graduate students play a large role in the conference and are strongly encouraged to present papers and participate in discussions.

For a short history of the BSC, see Alice-Mary Talbot (Dumbarton Oaks): The Byzantine Studies Conference 1975-1999: Looking Back after the First 25 Years

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31st Annual Byzantine Studies Conference Program

Thursday, October 27


Friday, October 28


8:30-9:00 AM WELCOME

9:05-11:00 AM SESSION I
Chair: John Barker


Ingela Nilsson
Uppsala University, Sweden
Discovering Literariness in the Past: Some consideration on history
and narrative in the Synopsis Chronike of Konstantinos Manasses

Dimitrios Krallis
University of Michigan
Michael Attaleiates as a Military Historian

Leonora Neville
Catholic University
A Memoir of Caesar John Doukas in Nikephoros Bryennios’ History?

Ruma Niyogi-Salhi
Saint Xavier University
Classical Models and Byzantine Historiography:
The Case of Psellos, Constantine VIII, and Eleventh Century Decline

9:05-11:00 AM SESSION II
Chair: Thomas Cerbu

Afterlife of Byzantium: Beyond 1453

Angela Volan
Princeton University, Program in Hellenic Studies
Adam, Eve, and the Apocalypse in Fifteenth-Century Crete

Maria Mavroudi
University of California, Berkeley
Greek and Arabic Ptolemy in the Paleologan and Early Ottoman Period

Jeanne-Marie Musto
Bryn Mawr College
Byzantium in Bavaria: The New-Greek Architecture of Post-Napoleonic Germany

Olenka Pevny
University of Richmond
Recreating Byzantine Monuments in Kyiv or Constructing National Identity in Ukraine

11:00-11:15 AM COFFEE

11:15-12:30 AM SESSION III
Chair: Andrew Ladis

Appropriating Byzantium in Medieval Italy I

Celia Chazelle
The College of New Jersey
Vercelli Bibl. Cap. 165:
The Iconography and Ideology of Rulership in Carolingian Italy

Sebastián Salvadó
Stanford University
Byzantine Icons and the Thirteenth-Century Catalan Crusades of James I the Conqueror

George Demacopoulos
Fordham University
The Politics of Plunder: The Movement of the Relics of St. Gregory the
Theologian and St. John Chrysostom from Constantinople to Rome and Back Again

11:15-12:30 AM SESSION IV
Chair: John Duffy

Church Councils I

Craig H. Caldwell
Princeton University
A Conciliar Skirmish: The Council of Serdica within an Age of Civil Wars

Jim Cousins
University of Kentucky
Ecclesiastical Clientism in the Court of Marcian

Adam Schor
Long Island University, C.W. Post
Preaching in Tongues: Multilingual Doctrinal Networks in the Early Christological Conflict

12:30-2:00 PM LUNCH

2:00-3:45 PM SESSION V
Chair: Carolyn Connor

Liturgical and Commemorative Practice

David A. Michelson
Princeton University
“Though He Cannot Be Eaten, We Consume Him”:
Liturgical and Devotional Contexts for Opposition to Chalcedon
at the End of the Fifth Century

Daniel Schwartz
Princeton University
Liturgy and Christian Paideia in Theodore of Mopsuestia’s Catechetical Orations

Sarah Brooks
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Liturgical Planning and Rites of Commemoration:
Church Furnishings at the Tomb in the Middle and Late Byzantine Periods

Katherine Marsengill
Princeton University
Icons and Tombs:
The use of commemorative portraits in Middle and Late Byzantine funerary contexts

2:00-3:45 PM SESSION VI
Chair: Leonora Neville


Kevin Uhalde
Ohio University
Bishops, Discernment, and the Law

Eric Martin
University of Tennessee
Bishop Athanasius and the Sacrament Mime: The Remnant of an Arian Slur?

Margaret Trenchard-Smith
University of California, Los Angeles
Poisoning in the Basilika: The history of a law

Ian Mladjov
University of Michigan
Byzantium, Bulgaria and the ‘Family of Kings’3:45-4:00 PM COFFEE

4:00-5:30 PM SESSION VII

Open Forum for Graduate Students

Chair: Hayden Maginnis

Appropriating Byzantium in Medieval Italy II

Thomas Dale
University of Wisconsin, Madison
The Appropraition of Byzantine and “Moorish” Culture in San Marco and Venetian Orientalism after the Fourth Crusade

Ludovico Geymonat
Columbia University
The Invention of Maniera Greca

Debra Pincus
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
World Views East & West in the Baptistery of San Marco, Venice

Chair: Charles Barber

Collecting Byzantium in the U.S.

Helen C. Evans
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Byzantium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Robert S. Nelson
Yale University
William Royall Tyler and the Aesthetics that Formed Dumbarton Oaks

6:45-8:00 PM RECEPTION

Saturday, October 29

8:30-10:45 AM SESSION IX
Chair: George Majeska

Medieval Ukraine: Sites and Settlements

Alexander Gertsen
Taurida National University, Simferopol
Periodization of History of Mangup-Theodoro

Adam Rabinowitz
University of Texas at Austin
Everyday Things: Material Evidence for Daily Life in Late Byzantine Chersonesos

Larrisa Sedikova
National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos
‘Dark Ages’ of Chersonesos according to the ceramic materials.

Elisaveta Todorova
University of Cincinnati
Coastal Sites and Settlements of Medieval Ukraine

8:30-10:45 AM SESSION X
Chair: Alice-Mary Talbot

Class, Gender, and Society

Noel Lenski
University of Colorado
John Chrysostom on Slavery

Jaclyn Maxwell
Ohio University
The Imagery of Class Snobbery in Late Antiquity

John Scarborough
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Procopius, Theodora, and Aetius of Amida: Some Connections

Derek Krueger
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Monastic Eroticism: Same-Sex Desire in the Works of Symeon the New Theologian

10:45-11:00 AM COFFEE

11:00-12:45 AM SESSION XI
Chair: Walter Hanak

Jews and Christians

Roly Zylbersztein
Hebrew University
Jewish Polemic against Christianity in Byzantine Midrash

Linda Jones Hall
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Jewish-Christian Interaction in Byzantine Beirut; Narratio de cruce seu imagine Berytensi

Maureen Reissner O’Brien
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Naked Woman in the Nile: Pharaoh’s Daughter at Dura Europos Reconsidered

Susan Graham
St. Peter’s College, New Jersey
St. Stephen and the Jews in Byzantine Jerusalem

11:00-12:45 AM SESSION XII
Chair: Eric Ivison


Jennifer Ball
Brooklyn College, City University of New York
The ‘Missing Link’: Filling the Gap in the Evolution of Medieval Looms

Alexandr Aibabin
Institute of Oriental Studies, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Simferopol
Byzantine Fortress on Eski-Kermen Mountain in Crimea

Robert Ousterhout
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
The Byzantine Churches of Ainos/Enez

Carolyn Snively
Gettysburg College
Recent Archaeological Discoveries at Golemo GradisΉte, Konjuh, Republic of Macedonia


Chair: Cecil Striker

Realities of Byzantine Landscape

Kostis Kourelis
Clemson University
Sacred Topography and the Byzantine Village

Marica Cassis
University of Toronto
Çadir Höyük: A Byzantine Settlement in Central Anatolia

Günder Varinliogšlu
University of Pennsylvania
Life On The Edge: Ravines, Caves and Depressions in Isaurian Topography and Mentality

2:40-4:15 PM SESSION XIV
Chair: Elizabeth Fisher

Byzantine Literature

Emmanuel Bourbouhakis
Harvard University
‘Navigating the Sea of Rhetoric’: Aural Poetics and the Compass of Byzantine Literature

James F. Patterson
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Neo-Platonism and the Revival of Greek Antiquity in the Fifteenth Century:
Gemistos Plethon’s Monody for Helena DragasΉ Palaiologina

Tatiana Shamgunova
Ural State University, Ekaterinburg, Russia
The Image of the Turks in the Letters of Maximos Planudes

Anthony Kaldellis
Ohio State University
Historicism in Byzantine Literature and Thought

4:15-4:30 COFFEE

4:30-6:30 SESSION XV
Chair: Robert Allison

Theology and Ecclesiology

Tia Kolbaba
Rutgers University
Patriarch Photios and the Filioque or How the Twelfth Century Influenced the Ninth

Christo Dimitrov
Independent Scholar (Washington, D.C.)
The Church Union between Bulgaria and the Papacy as Part of Western Europe’s
Attack on Byzantium in the 13th Century

Hisatsugu Kusabu
University of Chicago
The Dragon’s Head is Off: The Compilation of the Dogmatike Panoplia
and the Chapter Against the Bogomils

Pierre MacKay
University of Washington
The Dominican Province of Greece, 1228--1500

4:30-6:30 SESSION XVI
Chair: Ellen Schwartz

DecΉani Monastery

Svetlana Popovic´
Prince George’s Community College
The Monastery of DecΉani and Its Built Environment

Ljubica Popovic´
Vanderbilt University
The Dispersal of Old Testament Figures Throughout the Architectural Spaces of DecΉani

Michael Milojevic´
University of Auckland, New Zealand
Looking Around Hilandar :
A Documentary QTVR Spherical Panorama Project on Mount Athos

7:00-10:00 BANQUET

Sunday, October 30

8:30-10:30 AM SESSION XVII
Chair: Lynn Jones

Images and Belief

John F. Shean
LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
Byzantine Military Saints: A Diversity of Types

Glenn Peers
University of Texas at Austin
The Polyvalency of a Motif: The Stag and Hunter
in the Twelfth-Century Frescoed Grotto at Kafr Shleiman,
Sayyidat Naya, Lebanon

Galina Tirnanic´
University of Chicago
Superstitious Manipulation of Pagan Statuary in Medieval Constantinople

Georgi R. Parpulov
The J. Paul Getty Museum
New Observations on the Madrid Skylitzes (BN, Vitr. 26-2)

Chair: Naomi Norman

Byzantium, the East, and North Africa

Claudia Rapp
University of California, Los Angeles
A Christian Saint at the Persian Court:
Hagiography and Plausibility in the Fifth Century

Johannes Pahlitzsch
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Family Foundations in Byzantium and the Islamic World. A Comparative Study

Christopher MacEvitt
Dartmouth College
The Paradoxical World of Ecumenical Negotiations:
Manuel I Komnenos and Syrian Orthodox Christians

Walter Kaegi
University of Chicago
Byzantine Numidia: Another Look

10:30-10:45 AM COFFEE

10:45-12:30 PM SESSION XIX
Chair: Tia Kolbaba

Church Councils II

George Bevan
University of Toronto
Was the Second Council of Ephesus Oecumenical?

Patrick Gray
York University, Toronto
Forged Forgeries: Constantinople III and the Acts of Constantinople II

David Olster
University of Kentucky
Imperial and Papal Claims of Authority at the Sixth Ecumenical Council

10:45-12:30 PM SESSION XX
Chair: John Barker

Late Antiquity: Performance

Robert J. Penella
Fordham University
Himerius and the Praetorian Prefect Secundus Salutius

Béatrice Caseau
Paris IV Sorbonne
Mocking the Gods in Late Antiquity

Andrew Walker White
University of Maryland, College Park
The Humanity of the Byzantine Mime:
Choricius of Gaza and the Sixth Century Theatre

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Georgia Center for Continuing Education--General Information

The Georgia Center for Continuing Education, a unit of the University of Georgia's Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, provides innovative lifelong learning opportunities that develop intellectual and human potential. A full-service, residential adult-learning facility on UGA's campus, the Georgia Center includes a 200-room hotel, restaurants, banquet areas, conference rooms, auditoriums, a fitness center, and computer labs — all under one roof. For more information, visit

Special Needs:

If you require special services, facilities, or dietary considerations (vegetarian or otherwise), contact Jane Mertens, Meeting Planner, at 706.542.6592 or, at least five working days before your event.


A block of rooms is being held for your conference until 5:00 p.m. ET, September 30, 2005.

Lodging Policies (Georgia Center Hotel & Suites):

(1) Tax Exemption — The State of Georgia only allows tax-exempt charges for a payment by a state-issued credit card or check or by a direct bill to a state agency (with a Georgia State Tax Exemption Certificate). (2) Lodging Cancellation — To avoid being charged one night's room and tax, you must cancel your reservation by 4:00 p.m. the day prior to your scheduled arrival.

Transportation and Directions:

All flights into Athens connect through Charlotte, NC. Regular ground transportation is available from Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to the Georgia Center. For directions, see A parking deck is located adjacent to the Center (hourly rates; vehicles over seven feet require alternative parking arrangements).

Program Cancellation Policies:

(1) We will gladly issue full refunds for cancellations made by 5:00 p.m. ET, October 20, 2005. No refunds will be issued thereafter. Substitutions will be allowed. (2) If a program is cancelled for any reason, the Georgia Center will not be responsible for any cancellation changes/charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Early Registration deadline is September 30, 2005. A confirmation letter will be mailed to those who register prior to the deadline. Late registrants may not receive conference materials.

NOTE: In order to participate in the BSC, you must submit the membership dues. For membership-related questions, visit or e-mail Lynn Jones, BSC Treasurer at

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1. Register for this event online and request a room at the Georgia Center.

Register for the event online without requesting a hotel room.

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2. Call either 1-800-884-1381 or (706) 542-2134 to register by telephone. Please mention you saw this web page.

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4. Mail the form to:

Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (#52226)
Attn: Conference Registration, Room 129
Georgia Center for Continuing Education
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-3603

Payment of Fees

The Georgia Center for Continuing Education accepts payments for registration by cash (on-site), check (payable to the University of Georgia), and credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover).

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About the Byzantine Studies Conference

The Byzantine Studies Conference is an association for the presentation and discussion of papers embodying current research on all aspects of Byzantine history and culture. The Conference meets in a different city every year. At meetings, over 100 papers are usually presented and discussed in a relaxed but professional atmosphere. Although most of our members are American academics, we have an international membership and many non-academic members. Graduate students play a large role in the conference and are strongly encouraged to present papers and participate in discussions.

For more information about BSC, visit the organization's website at
A short history of the BSC has been written by Alice-Mary Talbot :(Dumbarton Oaks): The Byzantine Studies Conference 1975-1999: Looking Back after the First 25 Years

HCS maintains an extensive archives about Hellenism, Greek history, Hellenic Studies and other related subjects. Readers interested in reading additional articles and releases may wish to visit the archives at

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