Lectures

Speaking From the Margins. DBBE Online Lectures.

Byzantine manuscripts of all periods and kinds regularly contained colophons, scribal prayers, dedicatory pieces, and other “paratexts” in verse. These small (or sometimes long) poems give us a unique insight into the interests, ideologies and emotions of scribe, patron, and/or reader. They are testimonies to a long and often eventful history of reading and interpretation in Byzantine culture, and at the same time, they are fascinating (but sometimes overlooked) works of poetic art.

The DBBE has greatly improved access to this corpus. Nevertheless, book epigrams continue to elicit many questions, from palaeography to art history, from metrics to the history of text transmission. In this series of lectures, we invite scholars to share their perspectives on this multifaceted genre.

Fall 2021 Series

In Fall 2021, we continue Speaking From the Margins with a series of four online lectures.

The lectures will take place at 4pm (Central European Time) and will be freely accessible via Zoom. No registration required. The links to the individual lectures will be broadly advertised before each lecture.

  • Tuesday 14 September 2021
    Renaat Meesters, A Plea for a Database of Latin Book Epigrams
    abstract and practical information
    recording
  • Tuesday 19 October 2021
    Simon Zuenelli, The Ancient Legacy of the Byzantine Book Epigram
    abstract and practical information
  • Tuesday 16 November 2021
    Ottavia Mazzon, Hidden Paratexts: The Transmission of Paratextual Elements Within Collections of Excerpts
  • Tuesday 14 December 2021
    Julián Bértola, Book Epigrams, Verse Scholia and Some Limit Cases: Versified Paratexts on Historiography and Their Interplay

 

Spring 2021 Series

In Spring 2021, we will kick off Speaking From the Margins with a series of six online lectures.

The lectures will take place at 4pm (Central European Time) and will be freely accessible via Zoom. No registration required. The links to the individual lectures will be broadly advertised before each lecture.