Byzniz Vol. 8, issue 1 (Summer-fall 2000)

Gouden Hoorn 8,1: Byz-Niz



8-10 December. “Ancient Studies & New Technology: The World Wide Web and Scholarly Research, Communication, and Publication in Ancient, Byzantine, and Medieval Studies”. Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. Conveners: Michael DiMaio, Ralph Mathisen, Thomas Martin.


8-11 March. Fourth Conference on Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity. “Travel, Communication and Geography in Late Antiquity”. To be held at the Downtown Centre of San Francisco State University, San Francisco, USA. Enquiries re program to Prof. Linda Ellis:; all other enquiries to Prof. Frank Kidner:

28 March-2 April. Byzantine Spring Symposium. Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies, Exeter College, Oxford. Theme: “Rhetoric”. Convenor: Elizabeth Jeffreys. Call for papers to be announced shortly.

30 March-1 April. “Conference on Byzantine Monasticisms”. Faculty of Theology, University of St Michael’s College, Toronto, Canada. An interdisciplinary conference on the varieties of ascetical life in the Byzantine empire (6th-13th century), with emphasis on the current state of scholarly research and areas in needs of further study. For registration and other details see the faculty web site:

20-22 April. “Byzantium and the West”. Twelfth Conference of the Australian Association for Byzantine Studies, University of Western Australia. Conf. Organiser: John Melville-Jones. Deadline for submission of Abstracts: 29 January 20001. For registration details check the web site (late November):

4-7 May. Dumbarton Oaks Symposium: “Late Byzantine Thessalonike”. Check out the web site for details:


The Mother of God: Representations of the Virgin in Byzantine Art, Benaki Musum, Athens, 15th october 2000 – 15th january 2001. This will be the high point in the celebrations of the anniversary of the Birth of Christ. Exhibited works of art in all media, dating from the 6th to the 15th centuries are included.


New Byzantine Web Journal

Settegiorni, appearing quarterly, containing articles about art, culture, religion, litterature and other subjects concerning the ‘Second Rome’.
Antonio Matasso, director of Settegiorni.

Neue Zeitschrift Göttingen

Ein Bericht von: Alexander Sideras und Brita Bayer (Herausgeber) Holger Gutschmidt und Carsten Peust (Verleger):

Wir freuen uns, Ihnen hiermit die neue Zeitschrift Göttinger Beiträge zur Byzantinischen und Neugriechischen Philologie (GBBNP) ankündigen zu dürfen. Eine wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift, die auf die Philologie der byzantinischen und neugriechischen Zeit spezialisiert ist, fehlte bislang. Diese Lücke sollen die Göttinger Beiträge zur Byzantinischen und Neugriechischen Philologie füllen, die im

Peust & Gutschmidt Verlag, Göttingen, erscheinen werden. Dabei sollen beide Teilbereiche, die byzantinische und neugriechische Sprachwissenschaft sowie die byzantinische und neugriechische Literaturwissenschaft, gleichermassen berücksichtigt werden.

More information about lay out of articles for can be received at:

Seminar fuer Klassische Philologie
Georg-August-Universitaet Göttingen
Humboldtallee 19, 37073 Göttingen, Germany
Phone: +49 551 394745

New online tool Italian Medieval period

We introduce a new site that will become a new research tool for the study of the medieval period in Italy: Rassegna storica on line. This web site is part of a larger project that the editor of Medioevo Italiano has been developing for some time now.

Medioevo Italiano and its daughter project are electronic ‘magic boxes’, where scholars may send their articles, reviews or opinions about Italian history in the Middle Ages and beyond. Accepted contributions will be published ‘on line’ or in electronic format as CD-ROMS.

Rassegna storica on line is a biannual journal. Articles and contributions that are submitted to the editor in the first part of the year will be published in the spring issue, while the others will appear in autumn. At present we will publish contributions individually, but at the end of the semester we will publish a revised and corrected volume.

Angelo Gambella
Dir.Ed. Rassegna storica online
fax: +39.06.23319240


The July 2000 issue of Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies is available at The issue contains 4 papers delivered at the special conference on Michael the Syrian, held at Maarat Saydnaya, the headquarters of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Damascus.

Provinciae Byzantinae anno 2000

Op 24 april 2000 werd de 85ste gedenkdag gevierd van de Armeense Genocide van 1915. Twee miljoen Armeense burgers werden toen door de Ottomaanse overheid systematisch vermoord. Tot op heden wordt deze volkerenmoord door de Turkse regering ontkend. Dit jaar bezocht de Israelische minister van onderwijs, Yossi Sarid, de gedenkdag in Jerusalem, waarbij hij zijn aanwezigheid onderstreepte door te verklaren dat hij ernaar streefde om de Armeense Genocide in de geschiedenislessen op scholen in Israel op te nemen, hetgeen voorheen gedwarsboomd werd door het Israelische ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, dat repercussies vreest van de Turkse regering.

(Via suryoyo online,

Op 19 oktober heeft de senaat van de Verenigde Staten een resolutie verworpen om de genocide op Armeniërs te veroordelen op strategische gronden:

House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) issued a statement this evening pulling the Armenian Genocide resolution (HR 596) from the agenda of the House of Representatives for the remainder of the 106th Congress, thus killing the resolution.

In his statement, the Speaker cited “national security concerns” brought forth by President Clinton relating to the ongoing Middle East Peace process.

“I have asked the Majoirty Leader to take H.Res. 596 off the schedule for the remainder of the 106th Congress,” said Hasterst in the statement.

Both Speaker Hastert and President Clinton failed to use the word Genocide when characterizing the 1915 systematic and planned murder of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks.

For updates on this and other breaking news, please visit our website at

(From: Asbarez daily, 19-10-2000)

De Volkskrant en Metro berichtten op 9-11-2000 dat de Franse Senaat en Assemblée de genocide erkend hebben. De Assemblée moet nogmaals stemmen.


Salsus Books Catalogue 37: Liturgy, Biblical Studies, Theology, Patristics, Church History. See also:

Newsletter, Society for Armenian Studies, vol. 24, no. 2 (56), Spring 2000.

Overleden – Deceased

Marie-Hélène Congourdeau reported this to a Byzantium discussionlist, via bit.listserv.hellas:

Highly acclaimed Byzantinist Nikos Economides, president of the Hellenic Institute of Culture, died in hospital on Wednesday at the age of 66 due to an inflammation of the lungs. Economides was a professor at Athens University and until recently director of the Byzantine Studies Institute at the National Institute for Research (EIE).

Born in 1934, Economides studied history and archaeology at Athens University and did post-graduate studies in Paris, where he received his doctorate in 1961. After working as a researcher at the Byzantine Studies Centre in Athens until 1969, he accepted a post teaching Byzantine history at Montreal University in Canada, where he stayed until 1989. During that time, as well as having a distinguished academic career, he was also highly active in opposing the 1967-1974 junta in Greece.

In 1987 he was elected professor of Byzantine history at Athens University’s department of history and archaeology. In 1995 he was appointed director of the EIE’s Byzantine Studies Centre for five years, while in May 1997 he was elected vice-president and acting president of the EIE’s board of directors.

A highly regarded researcher and teacher, Economides’ work on Byzantium had been published in the most respected periodicals in his field and he had received many international distinctions. He had acted as visiting teacher at many universities and research institutes, including Washington’s famous Dumbarton-Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies, where he was a consultant on Byzantine seals.

Medewerkers/Contributors Volume 8, issue 1 (summer-fall 2000)

Gouden Hoorn 8,1: Medewerkers/Contributors


Peter Beatson, Ph.D. (Microbiology) is a ‘living history’ enthusiast from Sydney, Australia. He has written several reviews on archaeological and historical matters for his fellow hobbyists, and he reconstructs historical artefacts for a living. His main interest in Byzantine Studies is the everyday life of Byzantines around the turn of the 10-11th centuries.

Annabelle Parker is a Byzantinist, who works on a thesis involving a critical edition of the Vita Syncleticae. Currently she is translating the Wisdom of St Isaac into Dutch.


Volume 7, issue 2 (winter 1999-2000)

Redactioneel – Editorial Volume 7 issue 2 (winter 1999-2000)

door Annabelle Parker

In dit nummer van Gouden Hoorn besteden we aandacht aan een kerkvader die zowel voor de Syrische als voor de Griekse kerk belangrijk was: Efrem de Syriër, die in beide tradities verschillend afgebeeld is, en ons heden nog steeds aanspreekt met zijn poëtische uitleg van onder andere bijbelse verhalen.

Karin White geeft in haar artikel een samenvatting van de positie van de zigeuners, Roma, in het Byzantijnse rijk. Er zijn nog niet veel studies naar de sociale positie van Roma in de geschiedenis van Byzantium; White’s artikel en onderzoek vormt hopelijk een interessante en serieuze uitnodiging tot nadenken hierover.

Tot slot feliciteren wij de Australian Association of Byzantine Studies (AABS), die 21 jaar bestaat. Ann Moffat’s artikel hierover voor de Newsletter van de AABS vindt u hier herdrukt. Tevens vormt dit artikel de voortzetting van de in jaargang 1 van Gouden Hoorn gestarte serie ‘Byzantium in…’.

by Annabelle Parker

In this issue of Golden Horn we draw the attention towards a churchfather who has been important for both the Syriac and Greek church: Ephrem the Syrian, who was depicted differently in both traditions.

Karin White gives in her article a summary on the position of the Gypsies, or Roma, in the Byzantine empire. There has not yet been much research on the social situation of the Roma in the history of Byzantium; White’s article and research will hopefully be an interesting and serious invitation to deeper reflection on this topic.

Finally, we congratulate the Australian Association of Byzantine Studies (AABS), which celebrates its 21st birthday. We have reprinted Ann Moffat’s article about this from the AABS Newsletter. This forms the follow-up of the series that started in volume 1 of Golden Horn, entitled ‘Byzantium in…’.

Published in print in Golden Horn Volume 7 issue 2 (winter 1999-2000)

Byz-Niz Volume 7 issue 2 (Winter 1999-2000)


The Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Philology at the University of Göttingen set up a mailinglist for Byzantine Philology as a forum for all areas of research in Byzantine Philology. The mailinglist shall provide the opportunity to discuss questions and problems. Research papers and reports, short reviews of recently publisheed books as well as announcements of conferences are also welcome. Students of Byzantine Philology are encouraged to take part in the mailinglist. The mailinglist is unmoderated. If you want to subscribe to the list, send an email to: listproc@gwdg.decontaining only the following line:

subscribe Byzantinistik [first name] [last name]

The e-mail should not contain a subject or further lines such as signatures or address lines.

Kloosters, kerken/Monasteries, churches

Byzantine churches and monasteries a casualty of Kosovo

From/uit: AABS 39, Nov. 1999

The following item has been supplied by the Serbian community in New South Wales. For further information contact Aleksander Pavkovic ( or Mrs Ranka Rajanovic ( More detailed information is available through the following Web Sites:

The province of Kosovo is home to some 1600 Byzantine medieval monuments, and it represents one of the highest concentrations of cultural and historical monuments in the world. Out of 1400 churches and monasteries, many date back to the twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth centuries. Most of these monuments and holy shrines survived the wars fought in the region over past centuries, but are now in danger of falling victim to the current geopolitical conflict. Among the endangered medieval monasteries in Kosovo are even ones of exceptional cultural significance:

  • Decani Monastery, nominated for the World Heritage List, built in 1327, its frescoes almost completely preserved and containing over 1000 individual figures and scenes representing the largest existing sources of data on Byzantine iconography. The Decani Treasury is the richest in Serbia with about 60 icons from the fourteenth century.
  • Gracanica Monastery, nominated for the World Heritage List, built in the second decade of the fourteenth century, belongs among the finest architectural achievements of the epoch, with paintings completed in 1321, and with an outstanding collection of icons from the fourteenth century.
  • The Patriarchate of Pecs, the complex of the Pecs’ churches, built in the third part of the thirteenth century, with frescoes painted from 1260 onwards. An entire history of the styles of medieval wall painting can be seen on the walls of the Pecs churches.
  • Ljeviska Mother of God, a five-dome church built in 1306, with very damaged paintings which are considered among the most successful fresco assemblages from the time of the Byzantine dynasty of the Palaeologus, painted by master painter Astrapa from Salonika around 1310-1313, with the famous fresco of Virgin with Christ, fourteenth century.

Between June and September 1999 over seventy monasteries and churches have been plundered and destroyed as a result of retaliatory attacks, and many more damaged. Among them are:

  • The Medieval Holy Trinity Monastery, Musutiste, fourteenth century, looted, and completely destroyed.
  • St. Cosma and Damian Monastery, Zociste, fourteenth century, looted, vandalized, and recently destroyed.
  • The Dormition of Mother of God church in Musutiste, 1315, completely destroyed.
  • St. Archangel Gabriel’s Monastery, Binac, fourteenth century, almost completely destroyed.
  • Devic Monastery of St. Joanikije, from 1440, looted and vandalized.
  • Holy Archangels Monastery, fourteenth century, in Gornje Nerodimlje, destroyed.


Allard Pierson Museum: Muziek in het klassieke Griekenland.

“Het Leven van Jesus”, Russische ikonen van Wasili Wasin, t/m 18 maart in de expositieruimte van de kaarsenmakerij van de Abdij van Egmond, Vennewatersweg 27, 1935 AR Egmond-Binnen.


Karel C. Innemée, Robin Lutz. Koptische kloosters. Gods levende dodenMooi fotoboek met teksten die de geschiedenis van het Koptische monnikendom beschrijven van he begin tot het heden. Baarn: De Fontein,1999. 102 pp., ill., lit. opg.
ISBN 90-261-1381-1.

Hans Hollerweger, English transl. and inroduction: Andrew Palmer, introduction: Sebastian Brock, Turkish tanslation: Sevil Gülçer. Tur Abdin. Lebendiges Kulturerbe. Living Cultural Heritage. Canli Kültür Mirasi. 1999. 367 pp., ill., reg.
ISBN 3-9501039-0-2
Dit kleurrijk geïllustreerde boek is het eerste fotoboek over Tur Abdin, de bergstreek waar het Syrische Christendom zeer vroeg al tot bloei kwam, en waar het nog steeds, zij het onder zeer moeilijke omstandigheden, voortleeft. Jammer dat er geen detailkaart van de streek in staat.

Te bestellen via:
Freunde des Tur Abdin
Bethlehemstrasse 20,
A-4020 Linz, Oostenrijk
fax +43 732 773578


Travel in the Byzantine World: the 34th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies. 1-4 April 2000, The University of Birmingham, UK.

XXe Congres International des Etudes Byzantines, Paris (Sorbonne and Collège de France). Proposed plenary sessions and round tables: Recherches sur le droit byzantin: un bilan; Les Occidentaux dans les villes de province de l’Empire byzantin; Les villages dans l’Empire byzantine, Ve-XIVe s.; Permanences et changements dans l’occupation du sol: densites, modalites et extension/regression; Byzance entre Occident chrétien et monde musulman. Les relations artistiques; La peripherie dans le temps et l’espace; Alterite religieuse et identite culturelle: les chrétientés orientales non grecques; Reliques de la Passion (the indirect relics of Christ); La petition à Byzance; l’Italie byzantine; Lire et ecrire a Byzance; La Lettre diplomatique; Philosophie et sciences a Byzance; Theologiens et méthodes theologiques a Byzance; Byzance et son histoire en l’an 2000.

Date: 19-25 August 2000.


Dionysius xvii, dec. 1999 (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada) ISSN 0705-1085.

Nieuwsbrief van de Interdisciplinaire Werkgroep voor de Studie van het Oosters Christendom, vii, december 1999 (Nijmegen, Leiden).

Newsletter. Society for Armenian Studies, vol. xxiii, no. 3 (54), fall 1999.

Salsus Books, catalogue 35: Liturgy, Biblical Studies, Theology, Church History, etc. (

Byzantinologe wint De la Courtprijs

De Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) heeft de De la Courtprijs 1999 toegekend aan dr. Krijnie N. Ciggaar voor haar studie Western Travellers to Constantinople. The West and Byzantium 962-1204. De De la Courtprijs is bestemd voor wetenschappelijk werk op het gebied van alfa- en gammawetenschappen dat onbezoldigd is verricht.

Medewerkers – Contributors Volume 7, issue 2 (winter 1999-2000)


Edip Aydın is in the 3rd year of a Master of Divinity program at St.Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York and writing his thesis on ‘The History of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America: Challenges and Opportunities’. Also, he is involved in Christianity A to Z, the Bimillenium Christian Dictionary project, contributing up to seventy entries about the lives of the saints in the Syriac liturgical tradition.

Karin White is in the final year of her PhD degree. Her research is focussed on the relationship between Roma (Gypsies) and settled people in Byzantium in comparison with such relationships today, in former Byzantine territories.

Ann Moffatt is a lecturer in the Department of Classics and Modern European Languages at Australian National University and one of the founding members of AABS.