Gianluca Foschi – Music and the Liberal Arts in the Early Byzantine Mediterranean

This Wednesday at 17.15 we welcome Gianluca Foschi, current PhD student at Newcastle University for talking about Music and Liberal arts in Byzantium!Gianluca

Musical conceptions in the early Byzantine Mediterranean were deeply rooted in philosophy and permeated with cosmological meanings. Music was indeed a mathematical science aimed to achieve the essence of the universe through the investigation of sound in connection to arithmetic, geometry and astronomy. The pluralistic discussions about music comprised, for instance, the interpretations of Plato’s Timaeus, the highlighting of the musical properties of geometrical shapes, and the investigation of harmonic proportions in the heavenly world. The study of music as a mean to achieve the ultimate truth involved the main poles of education in the Mediterranean and was emphasised by philosophers and Christian theologians.

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Gianluca Foschi – Music and the Liberal Arts in the Early Byzantine Mediterranean

Issue 6, November 2017

The editors are pleased to present the sixth issue of Diogenes!

The present issue is a by-product of some of the papers presented at the PGR Colloquium on Multiculturalism from late Antiquity to Modernity organised at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies in June 2017 by Gemma Masson and Francisco Lopez-Santos Kornberger.

The contents of this issue are as follows:

Danai Thomaidis, University of Venice, Greek icons in Venice and their impact on Venetian identity

Mara Psalti, University of Athens, Niccolò Timoni: An 18th century Chian littérateur and his contribution in early Modern Greek literary criticism

Juan García González, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, The Sertorian War as a bellum civile: an outlook from the 4th and 5th Centuries AD

James Baillie, University of Vienna, Tamar’s Lions: A Digital Approach to 12th Century Georgia

Curtis Lisle, University of Birmingham, Performing the City: Suggestions for an Archaeological Understanding of ‘The City’ and Urban Transformation in Pisidian Sagalassos

DOWNOLOAD DIOGENES 6 HERE

The general editor is Vassiliki Kaisidou.

The specialist editors for Issue 6 were Anastasia Tantarouda-Papaspyrou, Panagiota Vasilaki, Michael Burling, Laura-Marie Clark,  Alex Feldman, Francisco Lopez-Santos Kornberger, Panagiota Mantouvalou,  Joseph Parsonage,  Flavia Vanni, Maria Vrij Lauren Wainwright.

If you have any questions regarding getting involved in submitting to Diogenes, please contact the editors at diogenes@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Issue 6, November 2017

Discovering Byzantium in Istanbul: Scholars, Institutions, and Challenges, 1800–1955. 16-18 November 2017, Pera Museum, Istanbul

On the tenth anniversary of its foundation, the Istanbul Research Institute will host Discovering Byzantium in Istanbul: Scholars, Institutions, and Challenges, 1800–1955, a symposium examining the development of Byzantine studies in Istanbul during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The symposium will take place at the Pera Museum, November 16–18, 2017.

At a time when classical antiquity continued to be the main attraction drawing Western scholars to the Eastern Mediterranean, Byzantine history and archaeology became a new field of competitive scientific exploration in the former Byzantine capital. Some of the major themes and issues to be addressed at Discovering Byzantium in Istanbul are scholars’ motivations and incentives for studying the empire founded by Constantine in 330 AD, the means by which they accessed the monuments and material wealth of Constantinople, what they were allowed to see and under what circumstances and conditions, and the networks they established among themselves and with authorities from government and cultural institutions. The activities of newly founded foreign institutes and museums are also examined, along with scientific competition at the international level, including the reactions of Turkish scholars.

The period covered by Discovering Byzantium in Istanbul begins with the emergence of major archaeological expeditions in the Eastern Mediterranean and is rich in major historical events and findings that brought the Ottoman Empire and the modern Turkish republic to the fore. It ends with the International Congress of Byzantine Studies convening its tenth conference, for the first time meeting in Istanbul. The contributions analyze archival material with the aim of bringing to light unknown and unexplored sources of research.

The symposium is being organized under the direction of Olivier Delouis and Brigitte Pitarakis, both from the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) in Paris.

The programme is available on the Pera Museum web page: click here!

 

Discovering Byzantium in Istanbul: Scholars, Institutions, and Challenges, 1800–1955. 16-18 November 2017, Pera Museum, Istanbul

Irfan Shahîd’s history of the Arab’s interactions with Rome and Byzantium before the rise of Islam is available for download

Dumbarton Oaks is happy to announce that all seven volumes of Irfan Shahîd’s monumental Byzantium and the Arabs, published by Dumbarton Oaks Publications, are available for free download from our website.

Irfan Shahîd knew even as an undergraduate at Oxford that the role of the Arabs in Roman history would be his life’s work. Rome in late antiquity was caught between the German tribes in the west and the Arabs in the east. German scholars had engaged with “the German problem,” but the Arabs did not have their historian, Shahîd recalled in his 2008 oral history for Dumbarton Oaks. “No one has really dealt with Arabs as part of Roman history.”

From an early interest in the role the Arabs in al-Andalus played in the creation of Western Europe, Shahîd’s encounter with the medievalist Ernst Kantorowicz at the Institute for Advanced Study prompted him to start with the East—and to discover Dumbarton Oaks, where he was a Junior Fellow in 1954–55 and with which he would have a lifelong association. The outcome of this early shift in focus is the history of the Arabs’ relationship with Rome and Byzantium before the rise of Islam and the Arab conquests of the seventh century. If his work has one virtue, Shahid said, “it will be because I’ll be the first historian to have filled the gap of all these centuries with my gaze fixed on the seventh to know exactly what happened and why it happened the way it did.”

Shahîd’s project was originally conceived as a three-volume work, the first treating Rome and the Arabs from Pompey to Constantine, the second Byzantium and the Arabs from Constantine to Heraclius, and the third the rise of Islam and the Arab conquest. The eventual seven volumes cover the first two parts, with the final part, on the seventh century, left incomplete at Shahîd’s death in 2016. Sidney Griffith hailed the work as “a major step forward in our knowledge of the history and culture of the world in which Islam was born.”

 

Irfan Shahîd’s history of the Arab’s interactions with Rome and Byzantium before the rise of Islam is available for download

Parekbolai. An Electronic journal for Byzantine Literature

PAREKBOLAI is an electronic journal, which is published yearly by an Editorial Committee of Byzantinists of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The name is inseparably linked with the well-known Commentaries of Eustathius of Thessalonica, and was chosen as a sign of both the journal’s association with the University of Thessaloniki as host institution and its subject matter.

The journal publishes original articles on Byzantine Literature and Philology as well as related text-based studies covering the period from the 4th to the 15thcenturies in English, French, German, Greek, and Italian. All articles submitted will be peer-reviewed by two members of the journal’s International Editorial Advisory Board, and once approved will be uploaded immediately as pdf files, which will be created by the Editors in consultation with the authors.

Have a look at the journal here!

 

Parekbolai. An Electronic journal for Byzantine Literature

University Assistant (post doc), Universität Wien

University Assistant (post doc) (6912)

Universität Wien

Application deadline: 12th September 2016

The University of Vienna (15 faculties, 4 centres, about 188 fields of study, approx. 9.700 members of staff, more than 92.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.02.2017 of a

University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies to 31.01.2023.

Reference number: 6912

The Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies is an institution for research and instruction of international renown. This post-doc position offers the opportunity to build a professional profile in Byzantine studies through engagement in research, teaching and gaining experience in academic administration.

Duration of employment: 6 year/s

Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week

Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:

In addition to research (with the goal of attaining the Habilitation) and teaching, this position also involves the organization of academic events and administrative tasks, especially with regard to students.

Profile:

Doctorate in Byzantine studies or equivalent doctoral degree in ancient Greek or Byzantine philology or comparative literature. Ability to work as part of a team. Excellent competence in written and spoken German (for applicants from abroad: after one year on the job). Good competence in additional foreign languages relevant to the research area.

Ability to teach; competence in digital media; publication record.

For more information and to apply, click here.

University Assistant (post doc), Universität Wien