Thompson Room, Barker Center 110 12 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 0213

Welcome (5:00-5:15)
  • Jan Ziolkowski (Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin, Harvard University; and Director of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection); and Sean Gilsdorf (Administrative Director and Lecturer in Medieval Studies, Harvard University), “Welcome”
  • Ann Blair (Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, Harvard University), “Introduction”
Keynote Address (5:15-6:15):
  • Anthony Grafton (Henry Putnam University Professor of History, Princeton University), “Western Humanists and Byzantine Historians: Adaptation, Translation, Interpretation”
Public Reception (6:15-7:00)




Thompson Room, Barker Center 110 12 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Opening Remarks (9:00-9:15)

Nathanael Aschenbrenner (Harvard University)

Session 1: Byzantium Between Medieval and Early Modern (9:15-10:45)

Moderator: James Hankins (Professor of History, Harvard University)

  • Leah Whittington (Harvard University) “Petrarch and Byzantium”
  • John Monfasani (SUNY-Albany) “Byzantium and the End of the Middle Ages”
  • Fabio Pagani (Catholic University of America), “Reconsidering Byzantine Identity in Renaissance Italy”
Break (10:45-11:00)


Session 2. Byzantine Texts and Early Modern Readers (11:00-12:30)

Moderator: Alexander Riehle (Assistant Professor of the Classics, Harvard University)

  • Richard Calis (Princeton University) “Testimonies of Truth and Tragedy: Martin Crusius Reads Byzantium”
  • William North (Carleton College) “Martin Hanke’s De Byzantinarum Rerum Scriptoribus Graecis Liber (1677): Erudition, Organization, and the Making of the Early Modern Byzantinist”
  • Leonora Neville (University of Wisconsin-Madison) “Authorship, Female Nature, and Reading the Alexiad in Byzantium and Early Modern Europe”
Lunch Break (12:30-1:30)


Session 3. Artifacts of the Byzantine Past: Monuments, Manuscripts, and Pageantry (1:30-3:00)

Moderator: Ioli Kalavrezou (Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine Art and Architecture, Harvard University)

  • Elena Boeck (DePaul University) “Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Justinian’s Bronze Horseman in Renaissance Visual Culture”
  • Shane Bobrycki (Harvard University and MIT) “Montfaucon’s Byzantium”
  • Przemysław Marciniak (University of Silesia) “Performing Byzantium: Byzantium in Early Modern European Theatre”
Break (3:00-3:15)


Session 4. Compiling, Defining, and Labeling “Byzantium” (3:15-4:45)

Moderator: Dimiter Angelov (Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine History, Harvard University)

  • Teresa Shawcross (Princeton University) “Charles Du Cange: Historian of France or Byzantinist?”
  • Frederic Clark (Rice University) “From the Rise of Constantine to the Fall of Constantinople: Defining ‘Byzantium’ and the ‘Middle Age’ in Early Modern Historiography”
  • Anthony Kaldellis (Ohio State University) “A History of the Term ‘Byzantium’ (Meaning the Empire as a Whole) and Its Politics”
Concluding Remarks and Discussion (4:50-5:30)

Jake Ransohoff (Harvard University)