On Restored Manuscripts and Fulfilled Oracles: Two Book Epigrams on Niketas Choniates’ ‘History’Posted on 04/04/2023Categories: Blog, Miniatures, Niketas Choniates, Scholia, Textual transmissionby Julián BértolaNiketas Choniates (c. 1155-1217) is one of the top Byzantine intellectuals of all times, a bureaucrat and a writer mostly known for his historiographical work. His History sets off at the beginning of the 12th century with the death and succession of Alexios I Komnenos (1118) and finishes with the... Read More
The Byzantine Reader’s Experience Between Paratexts and Collections of Excerpts: Reading the IliadPosted on 09/06/2022Categories: Blog, Education, Excerpts, Iliad, Memory, Readership, Scholiaby Ottavia MazzonThe 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