Contents final issue of Golden Horn: volume 9, issue 1 (Winter 2001-2002)

Editorial (Volume 9, issue 1, Winter 2001-2002, final issue)


In looking through this new issue of Golden Horn, I noticed that the O.B.O. (Independent Byzantinists Council) celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2001. Contributors to this issue, who are (automatically) a member of the O.B.O., often discuss the phenomenon of the networks that exist consisting of Byzantinists of different backgrounds. They do not all have academic jobs as Byzantinists, and those who do, feel the urge to tread — every now and then — outside the world of the university.

Golden Horn hopes to be a platform for publications for people from that network. Although we are a small paper journal, everyone who is within reach of internet can read Golden Horn. Our website visitors surveys have shown us this.

We welcome Dirk Krausmüller with again an intriguing article about metaphraseis of Saints’ Lives. Also,we pay attention to Armenia, because of the1700th anniversary of the Armenian apostolic church. We wish you a pleasant time reading Golden Horn.


Bij het doorlezen van deze Gouden Hoorn viel mij op dat het O.B.O. (Onafhankelijk Byzantinologen Overleg) in 2001 tien jaar bestond. Medewerkers aan dit nummer, die ook (automatisch) lid zijn van het O.B.O., discussieren vaak onderling over het fenomeen dat er netwerken (om dat woord maar eens te noemen) in de wereld bestaan van in Byzantium geïnteresseerden van zeer uiteenlopende achtergronden. Vaak zijn ze geen Byzantinologen die aan een universiteit verbonden zijn, en soms zijn ze dat wel, maar voelen ze de drang om buiten dat nauwe wereldje van de universiteit te treden.

Gouden Hoorn hoopt een deel van dat netwerk een plaats te geven om te publiceren, mits het ons interesseert en het redelijk is. Op papier zijn wij klein, maar via internet kan iedereen die binnen het bereik van een computer is, Gouden Hoorn lezen.

Wij verwelkomen Dirk Krausmüller met wederom een intrigerend artikel over metafrasen van heiligenlevens. Verder aandacht voor Armenië vanwege het 1700-jarig bestaan van de Armeense apostolische kerk. Wij wensen u veel leesplezier met deze Gouden Hoorn.

Byz-Niz (Vol. 9, issue 1)

Symposia, Conferences

The 36th S.P.B.S. Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, ‘Was Byzantium Orthodox?’

Durham, 23-25 March 2002

The subject is to be ‘Was Byzantium Orthodox?’ and will explore why the Byzantine Empire set such store by Orthodoxy, how this was defined, by whom, how it was expressed, both in terms of doctrine, and in terms of liturgy and art, and the implications of this concern/process for those who lived in Byzantine society and those whom the Byzantines encountered.

Three areas in particular will be explored: ‘Orthodoxy as Imperial Policy’, ‘Orthodoxy and the Other’, and ‘Orthodoxy in Liturgy and Art’. The complete programme has yet to be finalized, and the Symposiarch, Prof Andrew Louth (, or at the Department of Theology, Abbey House, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RS), welcomes suggestions both for lectures and communications.

The Seventh Annual UCLA Graduate Late Antiquity Conference

Los Angeles, 6 April 2002

This conference is intended to bring together scholars of diverse interests to present and discuss a range of issues surrounding the transformation of the Classical world into the Latin Medieval West, Byzantium and the Islamic world. The conference serves as a wonderful opportunity to gain feedback from peers in a wide variety of fields. Additionally, it is our hope that the conference will provide the chance for graduate students to gain experience presenting professional papers.

Presenters are invited to expand upon the notion of “Late Antique.” Students of Archaeology, Art History, Classics, History, Near Eastern Studies, Religious Studies and related fields are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts.

E-mail: (Scott McDonough)

Mail Address:
Seventh Annual Graduate Late Antiquity Conference
c/o The UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Box 951485
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1485


Realities in the Arts of the Medieval Mediterranean, 800-1500

Dumbarton Oaks, 26-28 April 2002

The Early Christian Book

Washington D.C., 6-9 June 2002

The Catholic University of America, presented by the Center for the Study of Early Christianity.

Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church

Melbourne, Australia, 10th -13th July 2002

A conference exploring the development of christianity in the ancient world presented by the Centre for Early Christian Studies, Australian Catholic University, St. Patrick’s Campus, Melbourne, Australia

Follow the links through “Conferences” and then click on the icon for “Liturgy and Life”. Access to registration forms and all other information concerning the conference can be found there.

Prayer and Spirituality Conference Convenor
c/o Centre for Early Christian Studies
Australian Catholic University, St. Patrick’s Campus
Locked Bag 4115,
Fitzroy 3065, Victoria

Telephone: + 61 3 9953 3141; Fax: + 61 3 9953 3765

Medicine and inter-cultural exchanges: Byzantium, the Arabic World, the Ottoman Empire

Istanbul, Turkey, 1 – 6 September 2002

Congress of the International Society for the History of Medicine. Its main topics will be, among others, “Medieval medicine”, “Medicine in the Near East through history” and “The relation between Turkish medicine and the medicine of Eastern and Western Worlds”.


2006: International Congress of Byzantine Studies

Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies (U.K.):

The 2006 International Congress of Byzantine Studies will be held in the United Kingdom. Preparations are already underway. The organisation of the Congress will be coordinated by Professor Anthony Bryer of the University of Birmingham.

Nieuw Instituut voor samenwerking / New Institute for cooperation

AHRB Centre for Byzantine Cultural History

Director M.E. Mullett
Associate Directors Mr James Crow, Dr Liz James
Assistant Director Dr R.H. Jordan

This new centre is designed to bring together textual scholars with art historians and archaeologists to develop a new generation of scholars who will write the new cultural history of Byzantium. The aim is to unite the strengths of three universities, the expertise of Sussex in art history, the long tradition of Byzantine archaeology at Newcastle, and the literary interests of Belfast to enable resources to be maximised for the benefit of the subject. The Centre will be housed in the new institute of Byzantine Studies at QUB, a free-standing unit of the Faculty of Humanities.

The centre is project-based, bringing together resources to enhance the Evergetis and Networks Projects (Belfast) and the Constantinople Project (Newcastle) and enabling the Colour project (Sussex) and the Skylitzes project (with Melbourne). The Gender project will run during the life of the AHRB Centre. There will be one conference, one colloquium and two day schools per year, the publications of the projects, a journal, and a general Byzantine World book for Routledge. We look forward to welcoming the SPBS to the Spring Symposium in 2005. We welcome undergraduate, MA and research students and new collaborations; we hope to be able to facilitate new interactions with other centres in UK and on the island of Ireland.

Inquiries to M. E. Mullett:

Medewerkers/Contributors – Volume 9, issue 1 (winter 2001-2002)

Volume 9, issue 1 (winter 2001-2002)

Dirk Krausmüller is a Research Fellow in Byzantine Cultural History at the AHRB Centre for Byzantine Cultural History for 2001. Last year he completed his PhD thesis Saints’ Lives and Typika: the Constantinopolitan Monastery of Panagiou in the Eleventh Century, at Queen’s University Belfast.

Annabelle Parker is co-founder/editor of Golden Horn. She finished her M.A. in Byzantine/Medieval Studies at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in 1992, focussing on the Desert Fathers/-Mothers. She is marketing manager at Edita KNAW. In her spare time she works on a critical edition of the Vita Syncleticae.

André de Raaij is a social historian (University of Amsterdam) whose interests involve currents in religious anarchism in The Netherlands and elsewhere. He is one of the founders of Golden Horn.

Contents Volume 8 issue 2 (spring 2001)

Editorial – Redactioneel Volume 8, issue 2 (spring 2001)


A new spring, a new website. And a new issue.

In this issue of Golden Horn, Alexander Mirkovic asks if there ever was something called Byzantinism, and he looks closer into Byzantine attitudes towards self-identity in order to make his point.

André de Raaij explores the story behind the legend of Joasaph and Barlaam.

Finally Isa Tozman reports on newly found Syriac manuscripts in the Egyptian desert in the monastery of Deir al-Surian.


Een nieuwe lente, een nieuwe website. En een nieuw nummer.

In dit nummer van Gouden Hoorn onderzoekt Alexander Mirkovic of er ooit zoiets als Byzantinisme bestaan heeft, en hij bestudeert hiervoor Byzantijnse attitudes tegenover eigen identiteit.

André de Raaij verkent het verhaal achter de legende van Joasaf en Barlaam.

Tenslotte rapporteert Isa Tozman over recentelijk ontdekte Syrische manuscripten in de Egyptische woestijn, in het klooster van Deir al-Surian.

Published in print in Golden Horn Volume 8, issue 2 (spring 2001)

Medewerkers – Contributors

Alexander Mirkovic is a graduate assistant at the Department of History of the University of South Florida. He is working on a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (Vanderbilt University) of which the title of the thesis will be: Prelude to Constantine: King Abgar of Edessa.

André de Raaij is a social historian (University of Amsterdam) whose interests involve currents in religious anarchism in The Netherlands and elsewhere. He is one of the founders of Golden Horn.

Golden Horn Volume 8, issue 2 (spring 2001)