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The DBBE is an ongoing project hosted at Ghent University, which brings together young and established scholars with the aim of mapping the presence, development and function of metrical paratexts in Byzantine manuscripts.

The DBBE team has been collecting Byzantine book epigrams since 2010. Almost 12.000 unique epigrams have been made available to the scholarly community in our Database. Beside the texts, the project has also focussed on providing contextual information that situates book epigrams within a broad cultural-historical framework.

Our project has a pronounced interdisciplinary character. A number of philologists, linguists and computer scientists have joined forces to reveal the connections between linguistic patterns and text-historical developments in book epigrams.

Under the DBBE flag several researchers have successfully prepared their doctoral dissertations, using various methodological approaches to the study of book epigrams. We value the enriching collaboration with several scientific partners, as well as the remarkable input of the many scholars who have presented their research at our online lectures.

The results of our research are regularly presented and published as widely as possible. The inclusive spirit of our research has led us to organise several outreach activities as well, directed at secondary schools and non-specialists.

We welcome your feedback: do get in touch!

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Events

  • Tue
    14
    Sep
    2021

    Renaat Meesters, A Plea for a Database of Latin Book Epigrams

    4:00 pmonline: Zoom
    Lecture

    The first lecture in the Fall 2021 Series of Speaking From the Margins. DBBE Online Lectures will be given by Renaat Meesters (Ghent University & KU Leuven).

    Renaat Meesters was a heuristic collaborator (scribe) of the DBBE from 2011 to 2013 and obtained his doctoral degree in 2017 at Ghent University with a dissertation on Byzantine book epigrams on John Klimax. Since 2016 he is a teacher of Greek and Latin at the College of Essen and a voluntary postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University and KU Leuven.

    Abstract

    Since its inception in 2010, the DBBE has disclosed an important corpus of medieval Greek texts to the academic community, shedding new light on a plethora of aspects of Byzantine book culture. Regrettably, there is currently no similar project for the collection, cataloguing and edition of metrical paratexts written in Latin. Despite some examples of Latin epigrams which have received a certain measure of attention, this considerable corpus remains seriously understudied.

    The purpose of this paper is to promote the idea of founding a Database of Latin Book Epigrams (DLBE), inspired by the DBBE. Therefore, a broad overview of the corpus will be sketched by presenting some Latin book epigrams, mostly selected from manuscripts preserved in the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR) in Brussels. These examples will be compared to Byzantine book epigrams that reveal similar generic features. The observation that Byzantine and Latin book epigrams have a lot in common, underlines the feasibility of setting up a database of Latin book epigrams, which may lead to a better and more thorough understanding of mediaeval book culture in general and of book epigrams in particular.


    Practical information

    Date & time: Tuesday 14 September 2021, 4:00pm (CET)

    No registration required. The lecture is freely accessible via Zoom: https://ugent-be.zoom.us/j/94069376394?pwd=NzNtVzRjTlphNzgzS25GSUxsQ2tzUT09.

    • Meeting ID: 940 6937 6394
    • Passcode: iLtrHAu2

     

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  • Tue
    19
    Oct
    2021

    Simon Zuenelli, The Ancient Legacy of the Byzantine Book Epigram

    4:00 pmonline: Zoom
    Lecture

    The second lecture in the online lecture series Speaking From the Margins. DBBE Online Lectures, Fall 2021 Series will be given by Simon Zuenelli (Universität Innsbruck).

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  • Tue
    16
    Nov
    2021

    Ottavia Mazzon, Hidden Paratexts: The Transmission of Paratextual Elements Within Collections of Excerpts

    4:00 pmonline: Zoom
    Lecture

    The third lecture in the online lecture series Speaking From the Margins. DBBE Online Lectures, Fall 2021 Series will be given by Ottavia Mazzon (University of Bologna).

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