Writing From the Margins

Welcome to Writing From the Margins, the blog of the DBBE project!

This blog sheds light on various interesting dimensions of the Byzantine book epigrams contained in our database. It is a space to discuss topics that go beyond the limits of a database record. You will find here the stories behind the transmission of some remarkable book epigrams, as well as preliminary results of in-progress research, larger-scale overviews of metrical paratexts on various subjects, and discoveries of exciting new material transmitted in beautiful manuscripts.

Whether you are acquainted with Byzantine paratexts or you have coincidently stumbled upon this blog, you will find some ideas (and pictures!) that will spark your interest.



Do not hesitate to reach out should you be interested to contribute a post to our blog!


The Byzantine Reader’s Experience Between Paratexts and Collections of Excerpts: Reading the Iliad Posted on 09/06/2022 Category: Blog, Education, Excerpts, Iliad, Memory, Readership, Scholia by Ottavia Mazzon - The compilation of anthologies of excerpts, that is to say, the selection and transcription of passages deemed important while reading a text, is a common scholarly practice in Byzantium: excerpts were essential to the way Byzantine intellectuals managed information. Very often, collections of excerpts were compiled close to the moment… Read more
Greek Epigrams in a Georgian Manuscript Posted on 04/05/2022 Category: Blog, Georgian manuscripts, Metrical captions, Miniatures, Synaxarium by Georgi Parpulov - While waging war against the Georgians in 1021-1022, Emperor Basil II employed as his envoy one of their bishops, who consequently ended up in far-away Constantinople and could not return home before 1030. The prelate, named Zachariah, was a wealthy man and had several books and religious objects made in… Read more
Book Epigrams and Grammar: Verses in and on Grammar Books Posted on 24/03/2022 Category: Blog, Education, Grammar, Scholia, Text books by Febe Schollaert - All epigrams discussed in this blog post are to be found in the Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams (last consulted on 04/03/2022).   I am a grammatical textbook, easy to comprehend, easy to take in, focused, plain, clear, written in good order, guiding the answers to the question. For this… Read more




Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.