Greece in Print – 1997
The Hellenic Literature Society and the A.S. Onassis Center for Hellenic Studies with the support of many Greek American organizations, institutions and numerous individual volunteers, have announced the second major book exhibit of Greek literature and culture in New York City, “Greece in Print -1997.” The exhibit will take place on September 20 and 21, 1997, at the Greenberg Lounge of the Vanderbilt Hall Building of New York University from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The building is located at 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. Discussion panels on Greek literature and culture will be held at Tishman Auditorium in the same building. The exhibit will take place concurrently, and is associated with the “New York is Book Country” cultural event organized by the city of New York. For further information and to reserve seats in the discussion panel program please call 201-666-7374.
- Greenberg Lounge; Sep. 20 & 21, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
- Book Exhibit of Greek Literature and culture in English and in Greek
- Donnell Library Exhibit
- Magna Graecia photographic exhibit
- H.P. Kraus, Greek Book Arts from the 15th to 20th Centuries exhibit
23rd Annual Byzantine Studies Conference
Sept. 26-28, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Info.: Pat Gaitan, tel. (608) 262-6696, fax (608) 265-3163; e-mailgaitan at admin.uwex.edu.
Christianization In The Early Middle Ages, 400-1000
The Group for the Study of Late Antiquity and the Medieval Studies Program at Princeton are organizing the First Annual Medieval Origins Graduate Conference on Christianization In The Early Middle Ages, 400-1000 to be held at Princeton University on October 18, 1997. This one-day conference will explore aspects of late antique and medieval Christianization, from the eastern frontiers of Byzantium to northern Europe, from the destruction of the Serapeum to the conversion of Iceland. Broad themes may include:
- the strategies and frustrations of missionaries
- “pagan reaction” and “pagan survival”
- the recasting of non-Christian modes of expression for Christian use
- the influence of Christianity on rural and urban topography
Our keynote speaker will be Professor Dennis Trout of Tufts University, who will present a paper on Christianization at the shrine of Saint Felix in early fifth century Nola.
Queries can be sent to one of the following addresses:
mail: Scott G. Bruce, 207 Dickinson Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544
email:jmgaddis at phoenix.princeton.edu
fax: 609-258-1873 c/o Medieval Studies Program
A graduate-student conference on medieval studies. November 7-8th, 1997
SUNY at Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY 11794-5350
smorris at ic.sunysb.edu
American Numismatic Society Arab-Byzantine Forum III
The third annual edition of the Society’s Forum on Arab-Byzantine numismatics will take place again this fall, on Saturday, November 15, at 10:00. At the forum, specialists in the Byzantine-style coinage issued under Arab rule in the eastern Mediterranean lands will exchange reports of their new finds and findings. As usual, the forum will be co-sponsored by the Oriental Numismatic Society.
A more formal notice will be sent out later to those known to be interested in the field, but anyone who would like to make a brief presentation to the group is invited to notify Society Curator of Islamic Coins Michael Bates. We would be delighted to hear from new contributors. Contributions on related non-numismatic historical topics are also welcome, particularly on the transition from Roman to Muslim rule in Bilad al-Sham.
The Forum will last all day. A registration fee of $20.00 will cover the cost of postage and printing, coffee, doughnuts, cookies, and an informal lunch. There is no cover charge for the entertainment!
Two-day international conference on the influence of St Ephraim the Syrian
16-18 December 1997 at School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Incl. Public lecture on 18 Dec. 1997 by Prof. Sidney Griffith (Catholic University of America):
‘Most awakening of the ancients: the universality of St Ephraim the Syrian’.
Brunei Gallery lecture theatre, S.O.A.S., 7-8.30 p.m.
Registration fee £15. (Students, old age pensioners, £10).
Info.: S.O.A.S., Thornhaught street, Russell Square, London WC1 OXG.
Tel. 0171 3236137 and 0171 3236249
e-mail: ap7 at soas.ac.uk
Hagiography Society Newsletter
Sherry Reames schrijft:
“I am pleased to announce that the Hagiography Society Newsletter, starting with the current issue [March/April 1997], is now available on the web, thanks to the kind offices of the Bollandists. The address is
The site can may also be accessed through the regular Bollandist web-site by opening the rubric “what’s new” and following the appropriate link.
The current issue of the newsletter includes [among other things] a call for papers and some additional information about a small conference we are planning for July 1998 at Ammerdown (near Downside Abbey and Bath, in England) on the topic “Sanctity and Ritual.”
Synopsis: An Annual Index of Greek Studies
Editor-in-chief: Andrew Dimarogonas, Washington Univ.
Publisher: Harwood Academic Publishers (A division of Gordon & Breach)
Aims and scope
Synopsis is an index to the scholarly publications on Greek Studies for the benefit of those who work in the field. Research and review journals, conference proceedings, books, monographs and dissertations (about 10,000 entries per year) are indexed in the areas of Classical, Hellenistic, Biblical Greek, Byzantine, Medieval and Modern Greek Studies without defining precisely their lines of separation. Author, Subject, Text, Geographical and Name indexes are included. The Journal will also publish occasionally reviews and bibliographical studies, calls for papers and announcements of scholarly conferences.
The languages of the Journal are English and Greek. Titles in other languages will be cited in the original language or translated in English. The editorial language is English. Synopsis is published concurrently in printed and searchable electronic form for PC and Mac compatible computers.
The articles indexed or published are selected only on their scholarly value and without prejudice in respect to the opinions of the authors. Reader-submitted titles for indexing are only accepted if they appear in the journals or publishers lists that are indexed by the Journal. Suggestions for the selection of the journals to be indexed should be submitted to the editorial board through the editor, the associate editors or the editorial advisory board.
Ownership and circulation
Synopsis is published by Harwood Academic Publishers. First volume (for 1992) was published in January 1997. The 1993 and 1994 volumes will be published in 1997.
Inauguration of Kypros-Net
Kypros-Net is a new Internet information resource center for Cyprus. Kypros-Net was founded by a group of volunteers and operates as a not-for profit organization. Its primary goal is to build and maintain a rich resource site of ideas and activities on Cyprus, and to make it available to the general public. Such a site offers interested groups and individuals the opportunity to learn about Cyprus as well as the means to contribute towards the promotion of Cyprus. Kypros-Net establishes an important and very dedicated center of information on Cyprus and its people, by providing publications, important documents, treaties and reports, as well as daily news on Cyprus. Kypros-Net provides mirroring sites in the USA for the Government of Cyprus World Wide Web Pages, Web Pages of other Agencies and Organizations from Cyprus or the Diaspora and also support and hosting for a variety of projects about Cyprus with regards to all aspects of Cyprus life and the Diaspora. In addition it has its own publication, the monthly Kypros-Net Newsletter “The World of Cyprus”. Please visit Kypros-Net at the following URL:
Uit: Greece in print, April 1, 1997, 1/2
John Nordin’s Greece page
John Nordin, Boulder, CO (U.S.A.) schreef:
I’ve recently put some material related to Greece up on my home page, and I invite you to take a look at it.
and please take a look at the ‘photo tour of Patmos’ under the ‘places in Greece’ option.
By this note, I’d also invite you to tell me (or remind me) about your Greek homepages, or refer me to good sources.
Byzantium in de pers
Ankara denies that Agia Sofia in Trabzon will be converted into mosque
Turkish culture ministry spokesman Osman Kaya told ANA yesterday that there is no question of the historic Agia Sofia Cathedral in Trabzon, currently operating as a museum, being converted into a mosque.
In a telephone interview, Mr. Kaya said the building of the cathedral belongs to a non-profit organization to which the Turkish culture ministry will deliver the building.
During the past year, the Turkish culture ministry and the Vakuf Foundation have been contesting ownership of the building in the courts. Mr. Kaya said that some objects located in the old church at present will be taken to a nearby building, the historic Kostakis home, which will henceforth operate as a museum.
Commenting on reports in the Trabzon press yesterday, expressing concern that Agia Sofia might be converted into a mosque, Mr. Kaya said “there is nothing more than what I have described to you.”
The issue is dividing Turkish public opinion and has been repeatedly raised recently after the Islamic Welfare Party headed by Necmettin Erbakan came to power.
Uit: Athens news agency bulletin (No 1216), June 20, 1997
Noted scholar Browning dies Athens, 12/03/1997 (ANA)
Well-known Greek history scholar and the president of the Committee for Return of the Parthenon Marbles Robert Browning died yesterday at the age of 83.
Browning, who suffered from cancer, headed the Byzantine Studies department at the University of London for many years and was actively involved in the promotion of many of Greece’s political and cultural issues.
He had been declared an official lecturer at Athens University and had been honored on two occasions by Greece.
French director Jules Dassin, the widow of former culture minister Melina Mercouri, also expressed regret at the death of Browning, as did Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos.
Mr. Dassin, who heads the effort for return of the Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum, said Greece has lost a “loving friend.”
Uit: Athens news agency bulletin (No 1136), March 12, 1997
Dumbarton Oaks announces with great sadness the sudden death of Alexander Kazhdan, on May 29, 1997. Alexander was closely associated with Dumbarton Oaks from the time of his emigration to the United States in 1979, and some of its most important projects bear his name and imprint. He was a great scholar, who dedicated his life to the study of Byzantium in all its aspects, and whose many works have influenced the field profoundly. He was also a scholar who generously shared his knowledge with his colleagues. He will be greatly missed.
Ontvangen ter redactie
Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies, vol. 7 (1994).
Society for Armenian Studies, Newsletter vol. 21 (1997) no 1-2.
Quest Books, catalogue eight: the Near East and Byzantine Studies (April 1997).