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Bernard Mulholland, Nazareth Quest (2022).

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Material Religion in Byzantium and Beyond 17-19 March 2023

The annual Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies takes place between 17-19 March 2023 at Corpus Christi College & All Souls College, Oxford.

However, this event is also available via Zoom.

For more information:

And if you would like to join the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies please visit:

And, if you have an interest in the Byzantine Empire, i.e. the Eastern Roman Empire, Antiquity and Medieval Studies you may find some of my own publications of interest:

Publications by Dr. Bernard Mulholland




Bernard Mulholland, Nazareth Quest (2022).




Bernard Mulholland, The man from MENSA - 1 of 600: Mensa research (2016).


---, The man from MENSA - 1 of the 600: Politics 1990-1995 (2016).


---, Ratio analysis of financial KPI in the Higher Education sector: a case study (2018).


---, Early Byzantine Ireland: a survey of the archaeological evidence (2021).


---, Navan Fort, Ireland: archaeological and palaeoecological analysis (2021).


---, The Early Byzantine Christian Church (Oxford, 2014).


---, 'Identification of Early Byzantine Constantinopolitan, Syrian, and Roman church plans in the Levant and some possible consequences', Patristic Studies in the twenty-first century: proceedings of an international conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies, ed. Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, Theodore de Bruyn and Carol Harrison (Turnhout, 2015), 597-633.


Mulholland, B. (2021). 'Can archaeology inform the climate change debate?' Academia Letters, Article4385.

#archaeology #history #Byzantine #Christianity #Church #liturgy

Monday, February 6, 2023

Bringing the Holy Land Home: The Crusades, Chertsey Abbey, and the Reconstruction of a Medieval Masterpiece

Grateful to BSANA for this advance notice. In brief:

It is my pleasure to invite you to attend the Jan. 26 opening of, and the Mar. 25 conference held in association with, an exhibition I am curating.  Please also feel free to spread the word to others who may be interested. RSVP/registration details below.

Bringing the Holy Land Home: The Crusades, Chertsey Abbey, and the Reconstruction of a Medieval Masterpiece (Jan. 26 – April 6, 2023) 
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, Prior Performing Arts Center, the College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester, MA

"Bringing the Holy Land Home" explores the impact of art objects manufactured in the eastern Mediterranean on the visual culture of medieval England and western Europe. At its center are an iconic set of mold-made tiles, discovered at Chertsey Abbey outside of London, but probably commissioned for London’s Westminster Palace around 1250. These include a famous pair of roundels showing the English king Richard the Lionheart and the Ayyubid sultan Saladin (Salah al-Din) in combat. Excavated from the ruined site of Chertsey Abbey in the 19th century, the original composition of the fragmented tiles has been reconstructed, including their lost Latin texts. The reconstruction has demonstrated not only that the entire mosaic addressed the theme of the crusades, but also that its design evoked that of imported Byzantine and Islamic silks.  Carried home by crusaders, Byzantine and Islamic silks as well as ceramics, metalwork and other items were highly valued by European audiences, who incorporated them into sacred objects, displayed them in places of esteem, and imitated their designs – as was the case with the Chertsey tiles. The composition of the Chertsey floor relies on visual traditions of textiles developed by Muslim and Orthodox Christian artists in the eastern Mediterranean, even while the iconography attends to the theme of English victory over foreign opponents. By pairing the Chertsey tiles with contemporaneous European and eastern Mediterranean objects, this exhibition endeavors to illuminate the specific and complex contexts that informed the tiles’ production and design.  

Along with the Chertsey tiles, on loan from the British Museum, this exhibition also displays the Morgan Library's Crusader Bible and medieval objects from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, the Worcester art Museum, Dumbarton Oaks, and Harvard Art Museums.

Exhibition website at 

Exhibition catalogue with contributions from Michael Wood (OBE), Andrea Achi, Paroma Chatterjee, Meredith Fluke, Eurydice Georganteli, Sean Gilsdorf, Sarah Guerin, Cynthia Hahn, Eva R. Hoffman, Richard A. Leson, A. L. McClanan, Nina Masin-Moyer ’22, Grace P. Morrissey ’22, Suleiman Mourad, David Nicolle, Scott Redford, Euan Roger, Alicia Walker, and Elizabeth Dospel Williams, available at

Thurs. Jan 26, Opening Lecture & Reception
Thurs. Jan 26, 4pm, Rehm Library
Dr. William Purkis, "Bringing the Holy Land Home: Crusaders, Relics, and the Transformation of Latin Christendom’s Sacred Material World." Dr. Purkis is Head of School of History and Cultures at the University of Birmingham.
5:30pm, Opening Reception, Cantor Gallery
Sat. March 25, 8:30am-7pm, "Bringing the Holy Land Home" conference, held in association with the NEMC (New England Medieval Consortium) 
Registration details will be posted at in the coming weeks.  
Speakers:Lloyd de Beer, the British MuseumParoma Chatterjee, University of MichiganPaul Cobb, University of PennsylvaniaMatthew Gabriele, Virginia TechSarah Guerin, University of PennsylvaniaCynthia Hahn, Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New YorkEva Hoffman, Tufts UniversityRichard Leson, University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeAmanda Luyster, College of the Holy CrossSuleiman Mourad, Smith CollegeNicholas Paul, Fordham UniversityMatthew Reeve, Queen’s UniversityEuan Roger, National Archives, KewNaomi Speakman, the British MuseumElizabeth Williams, Dumbarton Oaks

Finally, if you would like to bring a group to visit the show on any date that the gallery is open (M-F 10 a.m. - 5 pm | Sat noon - 5 pm, Jan. 26-April 6), just email me to make arrangements.  Admission and parking are free.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in the coming months!


Amanda Luyster

Bringing the Holy Land Home

 Guest Curator: Amanda LuysterGallery Director: Meredith Fluke  Supporters and Contributors: Deborah Coleman Diggins and Timothy W. DigginsGladys Krieble Delmas FoundationInternational Center of Medieval ArtMary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and CultureNational Endowment for the Humanities Boston Museum of Fine ArtsBritish MuseumDumbarton Oaks CollectionHarvard University Art MuseumsMetropolitan Museum of ArtMorgan Library & MuseumWorcester Art Museum

Dr. Amanda LuysterAssistant Professor, Department of Visual ArtsCollege of The Holy Cross1 College Street, Worcester, MA 01610
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Guest Curator, Bringing the Holy Land Home: The Crusades, Chertsey Abbey, and the Reconstruction of a Medieval Masterpiece

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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Lecture: Byzantium and Africa (4th—15th centuries CE)

You are cordially invited to 

The Jackson Lecture in Byzantine Art
Dr. Andrea Myers Achi
"Byzantium and Africa (4th—15th centuries CE)"
Friday, February 3, 2023, 3:30 PM EST
Dr. Andrea Achi will speak on the art and visual culture of Africa and Byzantium, the topic of her upcoming 2023 exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The talk is free and open to the public.
This event is hybrid: it will take place in person at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University (Arch Room 104), and simultaneously be streamed via Zoom.  An in-person reception will follow the lecture. Zoom registration is required for virtual attendees: Register here
Andrea Achi is Assistant Curator in the Department of Medieval Art and the Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Jackson Lecture in Byzantine Art is generously sponsored by Lynn Jackson. Additional support comes from the University General Activities Fund (GAF), Temple University.

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Friday, January 20, 2023

Call for papers: Cultivating and Contesting the Meaning of Male Hair in Religious Traditions

Grateful to the Oxford University Byzantine Society for this notice. In brief:

CfP: Cultivating and Contesting the Meaning of Male Hair in Religious Traditions

Hair is a bodily component that is both readily changeable and renewable as well as highly visible and confronting. Because of this, hair has often developed as a potent site of contested meaning, with maintenance of particular styles or follicular locations freighted with both religious and gendered connotations. How to grow, shave, or groom hair are daily choices that can advertise religious affiliation and entwine with entire ontologies of belief. This panel explores the religious significance behind hair grooming choices and is open to papers which engage with a range of time periods and religions. The organisers are particularly interested in underlying emic arguments for why hair choices are legislated or encouraged, how internal justifications bend or shift between cultures, and how arguments about hair intersect other social constructs such as gender. Papers could also explore the use of particular arguments in different contexts and/or to legitimate or stigmatise different fashions. The panel’s primary focus is male hair grooming. Beards, moustaches, head hair, body hair, wigs and false hair, shaving, and tonsures are all of interest. In particular the panel organizers are eager to accept papers studies of religious manscaping in traditions other than historical Christianity. Proposals that address female hair will also be considered if they are able to develop arguments that sustain comparisons with male hair.

We are inviting abstract submissions for an open panel on "Cultivating and Contesting the Meaning of Male Hair in Religious Traditions" for the European Academy of Religion Sixth Annual Conference, 'Religion from the Inside', held at St. Andrew's University, Scotland, UK (June 19-23, 2023). Please send abstracts directly to the co-organizers Dawn LaValle Norman ( and Miles Pattenden (


Deadline for abstract submission is January 29, 2023.

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Thursday, January 19, 2023

Virtual workshop "Artificial Light in Medieval Churches between Byzantium and the West"

Please find attached the program our virtual workshop "Artificial Light in Medieval Churches between Byzantium and the West," which will take place on 9 February 2023 via Zoom. The registration link is here: 

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Byzantium between Orient and Occident: Research results

Grateful to the AIEB for this notice.

Byzantium between Orient and Occident: Research results

Byzantium between Orient and Occident Research results are now available for open access. In the current situation, access to online research resources is essential for many scholars to still be able to work. Extraordinary situations require extraordinary measures. For this reason, all volumes of the series Byzantium between Orient and Occident are going to be available in Open Access.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Lexikon zur Byzantinischen Gräzität (LBG)

Grateful to the AIEB for this notice.

Lexikon zur Byzantinischen Gräzität (LBG)

All fascicles of the Lexikon zur Byzantinischen Gräzität (LBG) now freely available in digital form. We are pleased to inform you that, thanks to the initiative of Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG), the entire Lexikon zur Byzantinischen Gräzität (LBG) is now freely available in digital form on TLG’s website:

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Byzantine Musical Instruments

Grateful to the AIEB for this notice.

Byzantine Musical Instruments

Byzantine Musical Instruments project is the first scientific study to bring together a vast array of visual representations of Byzantine musical instruments from a wide range of contexts. The database not only exhibits the iconography of the preserved artefacts, but it also provides a unique classification of instruments, embodying several filters to help researchers make in-depth research by narrowing down several advanced search options such as geographical area, time period, and artifact type.

#music #highereducation #research #postdoc #PhD #Art #archaeology #history #Byzantine #Byzanz #Byzantium #Medieval #blog #blogger 

Monday, January 16, 2023

Monumenta Musicae Byzantinae

Grateful to the AIEB for this notice.

Monumenta Musicae Byzantinae

Monumenta Musicae Byzantinae (MMB) now offer a number of back volumes that are out of print or difficult to access as free pdfs on the newly revised web site. Following a decision by the editorial board, the necessary consents from legal heirs of the many contributors to the project are being collected and already now, a number of important studies and documents are available. In the case of facsimile editions, the offer concerns the meticulous manuscript descriptions and inventories (since images of the manuscripts themselves may be otherwise copyrighted, or can already now be studied on the increasing number of library websites offering digital facsimiles). In addition, a number of monographs and studies (MMB Subsidia), of transcriptions (MMB Transcripta), and the full edition of the OT lectionary (MMB Lectionaria) can be downloaded already now according to a Creative Commons non-commercial no-derivatives license.
#music #highereducation #research #postdoc #PhD #Art #archaeology #history #Byzantine #Byzanz #Byzantium #Medieval #blog #blogger 

Sunday, January 15, 2023

New Website of the Centre for Medieval Arts and Rituals, University of Cyprus

Grateful to the AIEB for this notice.

New Website of the Centre for Medieval Arts and Rituals, University of Cyprus

The Centre for Medieval Arts and Rituals of the University of Cyprus is pleased to announce the release of its brand-new website which will feature announcements about upcoming conferences and events in the field of medieval studies. CeMAR’s new website will also provide links and resources concerning the diverse and exciting ways in which medieval arts and rituals survive in our times.

You can also follow CeMAR’s H2020 twinning programme Network for Medieval Arts and Rituals (NetMAR), on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information:

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Saturday, January 14, 2023

Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar

Grateful for this notice from the Oxford University Byzantine Society. This is a prestigious seminar series that offer considerable insight into this rich and varied research area.

In brief:

Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar

Hilary Term 2023

Time: Wednesdays, 5pm

Venue: Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St. Giles & on-line on Microsoft Teams: Click here to join the meeting

Conveners: Marc Lauxtermann, Ine Jacobs, Ida Toth



(W1) 18 January Joshua Hitt (St Hilda’s College), ‘The Poetics of Age in Twelfth-Century Byzantine Literature’

(W2) 25 January Olivier Delouis (Maison Française d’Oxford), ‘Teaching Greek grammar to one’s son: an unpublished manual by Nikolaos Artabasdos Rabdas (14th c.)’

(W3) 1 February Kateryna Kovalchuk (Wolfson College), ‘The Diegesis: a Hagiographical Text for Commemoration of the Encaenia of Hagia Sophia’

(W4) 8 February Yan Zaripov (St Hilda’s College), ‘Theodore Prodromos’ Epigrams on the Old and New Testament: Narrative, Rhetoric, and Classical Mimesis’

(W5) 15 February Lilyana Yordanova (Ecole française d’Athènes), ‘In the name of the ...lotus? Reinventing Christian monumental art and elite culture in the long 15th century’

(W6) 22 February Robert Wizniewski (Univ. of Warsaw), ‘The labourer is worthy of his hire? Clerics and their income in Late Antiquity’

(W7) 1 March Nikos Zagklas (Univ. of Vienna), ‘Τhe Cinderella of Byzantine Literature: Rethinking Schedography in Middle and Late Byzantine Periods

(W8) 8 March Zachary Chitwood (Univ. of Mainz), ‘A Cloister for the (Grand) Komnenoi: Dynastic Rivalry and Memoria at the Foundation of Dionysiou Monastery on Mount Athos’

Tom Alexander
Secretary, Oxford University Byzantine Society (OUBS), 2022-3.

#highereducation #Byzantine #Byzantiun #Oxford #Rome #Medieval #art #archaeology #history

Analekta Stagōn kai Meteōrōn - Analecta Stagorum et Meteororum

Grateful to AIEB for this notice.

New Scientifc Journal: Analekta Stagōn kai Meteōrōn - Analecta Stagorum et Meteororum

Dear Scholars of Byzantium,
My colleagues and I would like to bring to your attention the publication of the first issue of Analekta Stagōn kai Meteōrōn - Analecta Stagorum et Meteororum. It is a new biennial scientific journal dedicated to the history and heritage of the monastic community of Meteora, published by the Academy of the Metropolis of Stagoi and Meteora. Its first, celebratory issue aspires to open new horizons in the study of this preeminent cradle of Orthodox monasticism, through interdisciplinarity and different conceptions of monastic culture. It features research as diverse as the history of Thessaly under the Serbs, collections of Russian artefacts, the practice of monastic confinement during the Ottoman period, and the history of printing.
As a closing note, I am sharing with you the link to our page:
On behalf of the editorial team

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Monday, January 9, 2023

Open-access databases of the National Hellenic Research Foundation

Grateful to AIEB for this notice.

Open-access databases of the National Hellenic Research Foundation

The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) provides open access to 16 databases concerning Byzantine History and especially Byzantine Greece: on the scrutiny of a large body of primary and secondary sources by members of the Section of Byzantine Research of the IHR/NHRF and associated scholars, the databases provide various search possibilities in certain types of texts (historiography and hagiography) and in specific topics (e.g. gastronomy, bookbinding, imported ceramics, raw materials, natural resources and agricultural products, domestic and wild fauna, Greek merchants), as well as a catalogue of the Byzantine documents kept in the archives of the monastery of Saint John the Theologian in Patmos, notes found in manuscripts of the same monastery, the diplomatic transcriptions of Greek post-Byzantine documents kept in the archives of the monasteries of Mount Athos, a gazetteer of late Byzantine conflicts, a prosopographical index (for the Venetian colonies in Greece), a catalogue of western religious orders in Greece. Of special note is the “Kyrtou Plegmata” platform, which offers search possibilities in the trade and communication networks in and around Greece from Prehistory to the 19th c. 

The IHR/NHRF also provides open access to a number of e-books regarding Byzantine History: 

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Saturday, January 7, 2023

Lecture by Mary Cunningham: Who was Mary? The Mother of God seen through Byzantine Eyes

Grateful to Bedlam for this notice. In brief:

Lecture (in person): Mary Cunningham: Who was Mary? The Mother of God seen through Byzantine Eyes. Maliotis Cultural Center, Hellenic College Holy Cross, Brookline, MA, USA, 21st April, 2023, 1900 hrs. All Welcome! For further information, please click here:

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Journal of Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies, First Volume, Open Access

Grateful to AIEB for this notice.

Journal of Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies, First Volume, Open Access

The first volume of the Journal of Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies has just been published and is available Open Access for 60 days.
#archaeology #history #byzantine #medieval #islamic #lateantique #art

Thursday, December 29, 2022

New online resource: Digital Encyclopedia of Atticism

New online resource: Digital Encyclopedia of Atticism


The ERC project Purism in Antiquity: Theories of Language in Greek Atticist Lexica and their Legacy (PURA), based at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, is delighted to announce the opening of its Digital Encyclopedia of Atticism (DEA), accessible at www.atticism.euDEA collects our work on the lexicographic entries in the Atticist lexica and their linguistic history; the major scholars and works of the ancient and Byzantine Atticist debate; and the transmission of the lexica in the medieval and early modern periods. All contents are open access, peer-reviewed, and are published under a Creative Commons license. At the moment, DEA contains 50 entries dealing with Greek words or linguistic phenomena discussed in Atticist lexica. Each entry is divided into an initial section that collects Greek texts in English translation, and a second section that contains a philological and linguistic commentary on the use of the lemma throughout the history of Greek (Ancient, Byzantine, and Modern Greek where appropriate). A search tool allows users to search the content of these entries. User guides provide assistance in navigating the various sections of the site.In the future, DEA will open its sections Scholars & works, and Transmission: Manuscripts & Editions. Other instalments of lexicographic entries will be uploaded throughout the lifespan of the project. DEA has been made possible by an ERC Consolidator grant (grant agreement no. 865817) and by collaboration with the Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities. Contents have been created with the Cadmus program, developed by Daniele Fusi. Our partners include the Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “A. Zampolli” – CNR Pisa, a member of the Clarin-IT cluster, and Edizioni Ca’ Foscari – Venice University Press. We also acknowledge the invaluable collaboration of PURA's Advisory board.The PURA team hope that this resource will be useful to all those interested in the use of the Greek language, its evolution, and ancient theories about linguistic correctness. Much of our work may be of interest to scholars working on Byzantine literature, scholarship and linguistic history, so we encourage you to visit DEA.

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