The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar

The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminarin association with Oxford Medieval Studies 


The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar is a new initiative sponsored by Oxford Medieval Studies (TORCH) and Worcester College, Oxford. It is designed to showcase the breadth of graduate research in modern Late Antique and Byzantine Studies and to foster academic collaboration across institutions and sub-disciplines.


The Seminar will take place weekly on Mondays at 12.30-14.00 (GMT) via Zoom. The speaker will present for 40-45 minutes, followed by audience questions and discussion.


To register and for further information, please contact the organiser at Proposals by current graduate students for future sessions are very welcome.


25th January: Chloé Agar (St. Cross College, Oxford)
Analysing Visions Experienced by Saints and Supplicants in Coptic Sources: What, How, and Why? 


1st February: Alberto Ravani (Exeter College, Oxford)
A Byzantine story of Allegory as told by John Tzetzes 


8th February: Flavia Vanni (University of Birmingham)
Discussing Byzantine stucco decoration (850-1453): people and materials 


15th February: Rachael Helen Banes (University of Birmingham)
Set in Stone: Commemoration in Graffiti in the Late Antique East c. 300-700 CE 


22nd February: Stephanie Novasio (University of Birmingham)
The Byzantine life course (exact title TBC) 


1st March: Ewan Short (Cardiff University)
How can we identify imperial women in Byzantine sources? Some methodological proposals 


8th March: Paul Ulishney (Christ Church, Oxford)
Anti-Jewish Polemic in Anastasius of Sinai’s Hexaemeron 


15th March: Giulia Maria Paoletti (Exeter College, Oxford)
Manasses or not Manasses? Paraenetic poetry in Late Byzantium 

Archaeological Research Unit | University of Cyprus,  55th Public Lecture Series

Archaeological Research Unit | University of Cyprus 

55th Public Lecture Series: Celebrating 30 Years of Archaeological Research 

Moderator: Dr Athanasios K. Vionis | Director, Archaeological Research Unit (ARU)

This semester’s Public Lectures Series celebrates 30 years of research at the ARU, since its foundation in 1991. All lectures of the 55th Series will be delivered by the members of the academic staff of the ARU to showcase their ongoing research endeavours. The lectures are held virtually via Zoom at 7:30 pm (EET), they are free and open to the public, but registration is required for access before each event starts. For registration, please, click here:



BLOCK 1: Prehistory and Proto-history  

1 February: Maritime dialogues in the East Aegean Islands and Western Asia Minor during Prehistory

Dr Ourania Kouka | Associate Professor, Archaeology of the Prehistoric Aegean 

8 February: Cypriot copper production, consumption and trade in the 12th century BC

Prof. Vasiliki Kassianidou | Professor, Environmental Archaeology and Archaeometry 

15 February: Prices and values of metals in the Late Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean markets

Dr Georgios Papasavvas | Associate Professor, Classical Archaeology 


BLOCK 2: Iron Age – Roman 

22 February: The tumulus of Laona: Αn ‘un-Cypriot’ monument in the landscape of Palaepaphos

Prof. Maria Iacovou | Professor, Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology 

1 March: The Mazotos Shipwreck Project, Cyprus: Challenges and perspectives of a holistic approach to shipwreck archaeology in the 21st century

Dr Stella Demesticha | Associate Professor, Maritime Archaeology 

8 March: Hellenistic and Roman funerary wall painting in Cyprus: An overview

Prof. Demetrios Michaelides | Professor Emeritus in Classical Archaeology, Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts 

BLOCK 3: Medieval – Early Modern

22 March: The Byzantine and Historical Archaeologies of Greece and Cyprus: Artefact and landscape studies

Dr Athanasios Vionis | Associate Professor, Byzantine Archaeology and Art 

29 March: The challenge of depicting cross-dressing female saints in Byzantine art: The case of St Euphrosyne of Alexandria (BHG 625)

Dr Maria Parani | Associate Professor, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Archaeology and History of Art 

5 April: ‘Hybrid’, ‘transcultural’, ‘eclectic’? Some thoughts on conceptualising the art of the Latin East

Dr Michalis Olympios | Associate Professor, History of Western Art 

12 April: Το πλοίο στην Κύπρο: Από την ιστορική πραγματικότητα στη λαϊκή τέχνη

Prof. Euphrosyne Rizopoulou-Egoumenidou | Professor Emerita in Folk Art and Architecture, Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts 

BLOCK 3: Digital Humanities 

19 April: Unfolding the Neolithic landscape of Thessaly: A GeoInformatics perspective

Prof. Apostolos Sarris | Professor, ‘Sylvia Ioannou Foundation’ Chair for Digital Humanities