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.

Spring 2022 Series

In Spring 2022, we continue Speaking From the Margins with a series of five 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.


Fall 2021 Series


Spring 2021 Series