Colloque – John Malalas’ World Chronicle and Late Antique Memorial Culture (October 6-7 2016)

John Malalas’ World Chronicle and Late Antique Memorial Culture /
Die Weltchronik des Johannes Malalas im Kontext spätantiker Memorialkultur

The Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Seminar for Ancient History, Tübingen are pleased to announce an international conference on « John Malalas’ World Chronicle and Late Antique Memorial Culture », organised by the Academy’s research group « Philological-Historical Commentary on John Malalas » (situated at Tübingen) and to be held at Evangelisches Stift, Tübingen on October 6th and 7th 2016.



2:00 pm Welcome Address
Mischa Meier | Tübingen

2:15 – 3:45 pm
Christian Gastgeber | Vienna
Klassisch-paganes Erbe: Was bleibt in der memoria der Weltchronik?
Ralf Behrwald | Bayreuth
Stadt und Reich im Geschichtsbild des Malalas

4:15 – 5:45 pm
Raf Praet | Groningen
Malalas the antiquarian? Malalas and antiquarian memory in sixth century Constantinople
Volker Menze | Budapest
Remembering Dioscorus: Non-Chalcedonian Construction of Orthodoxy in the Sixth Century

6:30 pm Evening Lecture
Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp | Cologne
Mythen, Monumente und andere Medien: Die ‚Corporate Identity‘ der gens Fabia


9:00 – 10:30 am
Sebastian Watta | Marburg
Materielle Erinnerung. Formen der memoria in den kirchlichen Mosaikpavimenten des Nahen Ostens
Philipp Niewöhner | Berlin/Göttingen
Byzantinische Baudenkmalpflege am Beispiel von Milet und anderen Orten

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Emanuèle Caire | Aix-en-Provence
Malalas et la mémoire d’Antioche
Laura Mecella | Rom
Antiochia und die historische Erinnerung der Römisch-Parthischen Kriege

2:00 – 3:30 pm
Carlo Scardino | Düsseldorf
Historische und theologische Diskurse in den lateinischen Chroniken des 5. und 6. Jh. n. Chr.
Erika Juhász | Vienna
Die Spuren der christlichen Memoriakultur in der Osterchronik: Die Behandlung der Märtyrer

4:00 – 6:15 pm
Hanns Christof Brennecke | Erlangen
Hagiographie als Kaisermemorie: Kaiser Zenon in der Vita Danielis
Olivier Gengler | Tübingen/Heidelberg
Memoria und Gesetzgebung: Vergangenheit und Gegenwart in den Justinianischen Novellen
Jonas Borsch | Tübingen/Heidelberg
Schriftliche Bildnisse. Personalisierte Erinnerung in Malalas’ Kaiserportraits

6:30 pm Final Discussion

To register (free of charge), please send an email to Jonas Borsch ( by Monday September 26th with your name and university affiliation (if applicable).

For more details about the conference see

Conférence « Fortune et Réception des textes oraculaires dans l’Antiquité tardive et le monde médiéval » – Université libre de Bruxelles

Conférence « Fortune et Réception des textes oraculaires dans l’Antiquité tardive et le monde médiéval » – Université libre de Bruxelles


Two-days conference, sponsored by the U.L.B. (Chancellor and Faculté de Philosophie et Sciences sociales) and the FNRS, to be held on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 September at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Campus Solbosch, salle AY2 107 (free access). The programme is the following:


Presentation, Aude Busine (Université libre de Bruxelles)

Introduction, Lucia Maddalena Tissi (Université libre de Bruxelles)

Chair: Aude Busine  (Université libre de Bruxelles)

9.30-09.55 Crystal Addey (University of St. Andrews, U.K.), Oracles of the Fire: the   Ritual Formation of the Chaldean Oracles

09.55-10.05 Discussion

10.05-10.30 Helmut Seng (Universität Konstanz), Editorisch-kritische Überlegungen zu den Chaldaeischen Orakeln: Die  Sammlung des Psellos

10.30-10.40 Discussion

10.40-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-11.25 Nicoletta Brocca (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia), Fortuna e ricezione dell’acrostico sibillino in Occidente tra tarda antichità e medioevo

11.25-11.35 Discussion

11.35-12.00 Chiara Ombretta Tommasi Moreschini (Università degli Studi di Pisa), Greek Oracles in Latin world. Three late-antique cases

12.00-12.10 Discussion

12.10-12.35 Angel Ruiz Perez (Universitad Santiago de Compostela), Rebukes in Oracles in Late Antiquity

12.35-12.45 Discussion

12.35-14.15 Lunch

Chair: Alain Delattre (Université libre de Bruxelles)

14.15-14.40 Regina Fichera (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Le θεῖος φιλόσοφος et les oracles dans les Vies de philosophes et de sophistes par Eunape de Sardes

14.40-14.50 Discussion

14.50-15.15 Sara Lanna (Università degli studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”), Alexander the Great and the oracle of Ammon: philological and historical-religious remarks

15.15-15.25 Discussion

15.25-15.50 Claudio Schiano (Università degli Studi di Bari), Oracoli pagani e predizione del futuro: un tema scomodo nell’Alessandria del VI secolo

15.50-16.00 Discussion

16.00-16.20 Coffee break

16.20-16.45 Christine Hecht (Universität Tübingen), Eusebios liest Porphyrios. Fragmentierung und Kontextualisierung der « Orakelphilosophie »

16.45-16.55 Discussion

16.55-17.20 Giovanni Serafini (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Piero della Francesca and the Holy Cross : a patristic reading of the frescoes in Arezzo

17.20-17.30 Discussion



Chair: Regina Fichera (Università degli Studi di Firenze)

9.30-09.55  Gianfranco Agosti (Sapienza University of Rome), The Context and Reception of an oracle in Socrates of Constantinople

09.55-10.05 Discussion

10.05-10.30 David Hernández de la Fuente (UNED, Madrid), Greek Poetry in Oracular Style and Politics in Late Antiquity: some case studies

10.30-10.40 Discussion

10.40-11.05 Laura Carrara  (Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften / Karls Eberhard Universität Tübingen), Excerpts from (Christianized) Pagan Wisdom : the Tübingen Theosophy

11.05-11.15 Discussion

11.15-11.35 Coffee break

Chair: Lucia Maddalena Tissi (Université libre de Bruxelles)

11.35-12.00 Enrico Magnelli (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Crooked oracles or naive inquirers? Theodore Prodromus, RD 9.184-240

12.00-12.10 Discussion

12.10-12.35 Giulia Maria Paoletti (University of Oxford), Between Vergil and Metaphrastes: the fate of a collection of oracles

12.35-12.45 Discussion

12.45-14.00 Lunch

14.00-14.25 Georgios Tsiaples (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Oracles and Prophecies connected with the pagan remains of Constantinople

14.25-14.35 Discussion

14.35-15.00 Chiara Garganese (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Sculpting oracles, an initiatory path in Siena Dom

15.00-15.10 Discussion

15.10-15.30 Conclusions et discussion, Aude Busine et Lucia Maddalena Tissi

We invite anyone who is interested to join the conference. Please do not hesitate to contact Lucia Tissi if you have any further questions: OR


Workshop – The “Self” and the “Other” – The Construction and Perception of “Otherness” in Late Antiquity, University of Kiel

The “Self” and the “Other” – The Construction and Perception of “Otherness” in Late Antiquity

International Workshop to be held at the University of Kiel in cooperation with the GS Human Development in Landscapes and the Institut für Klassische Altertumskunde

23 – 25 November 2016

All human communities, throughout history, have been in contact with different groups they perceived as “other”. Such contacts generate stereotypes, prejudices and ethnical portraits, which dominate, through the definition of Otherness, the ways identity is constructed. Already in the 18th century, philosophers like Hegel (1770– 1831) reflected about how self-awareness is linked to the construction of Otherness and since then scholars have been investigating how the representation of the others is a crucial and essential component of the perception and description of the Self. This thesis does also apply to Late Antiquity and is a central tenet for the interpretation of the so-called “Migration period”.

Under the recent political challenges, Otherness and the contact of people from different cultural backgrounds are a highly relevant and discussed topic, sometimes even dealt with an explicit reference to Late Antiquity and the Migration Period (e.g.: or Nonetheless, in spite of the absolute certainty about the Migration Period shown by some politicians, many questions about the definition of Otherness and its perception in Late Antiquity are still unanswered.

In order to reveal how the “Self” and the “Other” were perceived in Late Antiquity and how these perceptions were intertwined with each other, post-graduate scholars investigating these questions from a historical, archaeological, philological or anthropological point of view are kindly invited to participate to the international Workshop “The ‘Self’ and the ‘Other’ – The construction and perception of “Otherness” in Late Antiquity” at the University of Kiel.  The workshop aims to bring established scholars together with PhD-candidates to question and discuss “Otherness” from a Roman perspective (the Western and Eastern part of the empire) in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (ca. 3rd century CE – 8th century CE) in an open round table atmosphere.

Possible topics and questions that could be addressed among others:

–           Theory of Otherness and Alterity: What is “Otherness” or “Alterity”? What theories and models are available in the fields of social sciences and humanities? With which models can Otherness be investigated? What are the pitfalls? Can new theories, terms or models be introduced for researching or defining Alterity?
–           Barbarians and Outsiders: Who was a “Barbarian”? Which are the criteria in order to define “Barbarians” in Late Antiquity? Can they still be seen as outsiders of the Roman Empire?
–           Who are the “Romans” – The Question of Identity: What were the criteria the Romans used to define themselves in Late Antiquity? Have they changed with time? Was there a process of “Barbarization”? And most of all: Who exactly was a “Roman”?
–           Perception of Otherness in Written Evidences: How was Otherness depicted and represented in the written records of Late Antiquity? Which stereotypes were used? Was there a difference between the Eastern and the Western empire in the way “Others” were perceived? Which methods do we have to apply to analyse written evidences of the time and what are the “problems” one encounters when investigating the written sources?
–           The Barbarians and the Landscape: Since landscape was a tool in literature to create a specific scenery and can therefore be seen as discourses, is it possible to see a link between the depiction of Landscapes and the process of “othering”?
–           Otherness in the Archaeological Record: Is it possible to identify “others” with help of the archaeological material? Are there new methods in the field of Archaeology to investigate otherness and how can they be combined with traditional research? What are the chances and limitations of Archaeology in the investigation of identities?

Abstracts of papers, not longer than 300 words, together with a short CV should be submitted until the 6th of July 2016 (
Accepted PhD-students can apply for travel stipends.


Veronika Egetenmeyr in cooperation with Dr. Filippo Carlà; Prof. Dr. Annette Haug and Prof. Dr. Josef Wiesehöfer

For further information, please visit our Website:

« Visibilité et présence de l’image dans l’espace ecclésial » – dernière conférence du cycle

pictVisibilité et présence de l’image dans l’espace ecclésial

Byzance et Moyen Âge occidental


Cycle de conférences

février – juin 2016

Quatrième rencontre : jeudi 16 juin 2016, 14h30-17h30, INHA, salle Jullian

Thème : Visibilité et lisibilité du dialogue entre images et inscriptions dans l’espace cultuel


Vincent Debiais (CNRS – CESCM Poitiers) : Absence/silence des inscriptions en contexte liturgique : quelques exemples hispaniques
Catherine Jolivet-Lévy (EPHE) : Inscriptions et images dans quelques églises byzantines de Cappadoce : visibilité/lisibilité, interactions et fonctions

Répondant : François Bougard (IRHT)

Conclusion du cycle : Sulamith Brodbeck et Anne-Orange Poilpré (université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne)
Chaque rencontre est suivie d’un cocktail servi à 17h30.

Programme ici.

Conférence – Multidisciplinary Approaches to Food and Foodways in the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean

conference lyonMultidisciplinary Approaches to Food and Foodways in the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean

19-21 May 2016
Maison de l’Orient et de la Mediterranée – Lyon, France


Final conference for the POMEDOR Project « People, Pottery and Food in the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean ».

Information and registration before May 1st.



09h00 Registration
09h20 Welcome
09h40 “Introduction. People, Pottery and Food in the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean: the
POMEDOR Project” – S.Y. Waksman (CNRS Lyon)
10h30 Coffee Break

11h00 “Population Change in the Southern Levant as Reflected in Ceramic Production and
Consumption from the Fatimid to the Crusader Periods” – E.J. Stern (Israel Antiquities Authority),
A. Shapiro (Israel Antiquities Authority), S.Y. Waksman (CNRS Lyon)
11h30 “Food and Holy War: the Role of Food in the Crusaders’ Conduct of War and in their
Encounter with the New Land and its Inhabitants” – J. Bronstein (Haifa University)
12h00 “Eating and Drinking at Medieval Kinet” – S. Redford (University of London), C. Çakırlar
(Groningen University)
12h30 Discussion
12h45 Lunch Break

14h00 “Between « Tanur » and « Oven » – From the Early Islamic to the Crusader Kitchen” – E.
Yehuda (Tel Aviv University)
14h30 “Acre vs. Safed: An Archaeozoological Analysis of Faunal Remains from the Medieval
Holy Land” – N. Agha (Israel Antiquities Authority & Haifa University)
15h00 “Some Thoughts on Sugar Production and Sugar Pots in the Middle Islamic to Mamluk
Periods in Jordan” – R.E. Jones (Glasgow University), T. Grey (University of Wales Trinity St
15h30 “Ceramic Evidence for Sugar Production in the ‘Akko Plain: Typology and Provenance
Studies” – E.J. Stern (Israel Antiquities Authority), A. Shapiro (Israel Antiquities Authority), N.
Getzov (Israel Antiquities Authority), S.Y. Waksman (CNRS Lyon)
16h00 Discussion
16h15 Coffee Break

16h45 “Du lac de Limassol aux tables de Nicosie : pêcheries et consommation de poissons à
Chypre sous la domination latine (1191-1570)” – P. Trélat (Rouen University)
17h15 “Les tavernes (canutes) comme instruments de contrôle économique et social dans le
royaume de Chypre aux XIIIe-XVIe siècles” – G. Grivaud (Rouen University)
17h45 “Food, Wine and the Latin Clergy of Lusignan Cyprus, 1191-1473” – N. Coureas (The
Cyprus Research Centre, Nicosia)
18h15 “Archaeological and Archaeometric Investigations into Cooking Wares in Frankish and
Venetian Cyprus” – R.S. Gabrieli (University of Sydney), A. Pecci (Barcelona University), A.
Shapiro (Israel Antiquities Authority), S.Y. Waksman (CNRS Lyon)
18h45 Discussion
20h00 Conference Dinner (for speakers)

Byzantine Banquet Created by S. Grainger, A. Dalby and I. Anagnostakis
Paul Bocuse Institute, Ecully
Under the Patronage of Chef Régis Marcon

10h00 Coffee and Posters Session

11h00 “La nourriture des autres aux yeux des Byzantins (10e-14e s.): Petchénègues, Latins et
Turcs” – B. Caseau (Paris-Sorbonne University)
11h30 “The Composition of Church Festive Meals in a Medieval Christian Community in the
Southern Crimea, Based on Ceramics and Faunal Materials” – I. Teslenko (National Ukrainian
Academy of Science)
12h00 “Eating in the Aegean (ca. 700-1500): A Comparison of Pots and Pans in Athens and
Ephesus” – J.A.C. Vroom (Leiden University)
12h30 Discussion
12h45 Lunch Break

14h00 “Ceramic Vessels and Food Supplies: Chalcis as a Major Production and Distribution
Centre in the Byzantine and Frankish Periods” – N.D. Kontogiannis (Ephorate of Antiquities of
Boeotia), S.S. Skartsis (Directorate of Byzantine and Post Byzantine Antiquities, Athens), G.
Vaxevanis (Ephorate of Antiquities of Euboea), S.Y. Waksman (CNRS Lyon)
14h30 “Food Consumption in the Urban Environment; the Byzantine City as a Consumption
Centre” – E. Tzavella (Open University of Cyprus)
15h00 “L’approvisionnement de Constantinople et des cités pontiques par les Occidentaux”
– M. Balard (Paris-Sorbonne University)
15h30 Discussion
15h45 Coffee Break

16h15 “Animals in Food Consumption during the Byzantine Period in Light of the Yenikapı
Metro and Marmaray Excavations, Istanbul” – V. Onar (Istanbul University)
16h45 “Foods Consumed in Byzantine Greece: the Evidence of Biological Data and Stable
Isotope Analysis” – C. Bourbou (Ephorate of Antiquities of Chania)
17h15 “Food Production and Consumption in the Byzantine Empire in Light of the Archaeobotanical
Finds” – A. E. Reuter (Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz & Kiel University)
17h45 Discussion
18h30 Public Conference
“Banquets byzantins: la gastronomie du centre du monde” – A. Dalby


09h00 “Residue Analysis of Medieval Amphorae from the Eastern Mediterranean” – A. Pecci
(Barcelona University), N. Garnier (Garnier Laboratory), S.Y. Waksman (CNRS Lyon)
09h30 “One Amphora, Different Contents – the Multiple Purposes of Byzantine Amphorae
According to Written and Archaeological Data” – E. Todorova (Bulgarian Academy of
10h00 “Byzantine Amphorae of the 10th-13th Centuries from the Novy Svet Shipwrecks,
Crimea, the Black Sea. Preliminary Archaeological Typology and Archaeometric Studies” – S.
Zelenko (Kiev University), I. Morozova (Kiev University), S.Y. Waksman (CNRS Lyon)
10h30 Discussion
10h45 Coffee Break

11h15 “Freightage of Amphorae, Tableware and Foodstuffs in the Middle and Late Byzantine Period: the
Evidence of Shipwrecks” – G. Koutsouflakis (Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, Athens)
11h45 “Production for Whom and for What Target: Thoughts on a Group of Wine Containers from the
Kuşadası, Kadıkalesi Excavation” – Z. Mercangöz (Ege University Izmir)
12h15 “Food Habits and Tableware in Venice: the Connections with the Mamluk Sultanate” – V. Vezzoli (Ca’
Foscari University, Venice)
12h45 Discussion
13h00 Lunch Break

14h15 “Byzantine and early Turkish Tablewares in Sèvres and the Louvre Museum: Investigations by PIXE into
Provenance and Technology” – A. Bouquillon (PSL Chimie ParisTech & C2RMF Paris), J. Burlot (Lyon University),
S.Y. Waksman (CNRS Lyon), L. Tilliard (Cité de la Céramique, Sèvres), C. Maury (Louvre Museum, Paris)
14h45 “Changing People, Dining Habits and Pottery Technologies: Tableware Productions on the Eve of the
Ottoman Empire in Western Anatolia” – J. Burlot (Lyon University), S.Y. Waksman (CNRS Lyon), B. Böhlendorf
(Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz), J.A.C. Vroom (Leiden University), I. Teslenko (National Ukrainian
Academy of Science)
15h15 “Ottoman Period Sources for the Study of Pottery and Food (15th-18th centuries)” – F. Yenişehirlioğlu
(Koç University, Ankara)
15h45 Discussion
16h00 Concluding Remarks

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