TWENTIETH ANNUAL BYZANTINE STUDIES CONFERENCE
November 9-12, 1994
The University Michigan, Ann Arbor
FRIDAY MORNING SESSIONS: 9:00-10:45
A. Byzantine Manuscripts
Chair: Mary-Lyon Dolezal (Dumbarton Oaks/University of Oregon)
Jeffrey C. Anderson (George Washington University): "Marginality
in the Illustration of Byzantine Psalters"
Nadezhda Kavrus (Columbia University): "The Scriptorium of the
Studios Monastery in the XIth Century: A Puzzle Explored"
Demetrios Katsarelias (New York University): "The Liturgical Use
of the Mount Athos, Esphigmenou 14 Codex"
Nicolette S. Trahoulia (Dumbarton Oaks/Harvard University): "The
Venice Alexander Romance, Hellenic Institute Cod. Gr. 5"
B. Magic and Religion
Chair: John Duffy (University of Maryland)
Naomi Janowitz (University of California-Davis): "The Jewish Hi-
eratic Arts: Neglected Rituals of Late Antique Judaism"
Kevin H. Crow (University of Kentucky): "Magic and the Elite of
the Late Antique Empire"
Jennifer Lee Hevelone (Princeton University): "S. Colluthus and
Coptic Christian Syncretism of Greco-Roman Healing Cults"
Smiljka Gabelic (University of Illinois): "Archangelos Xorinos:
C. Townsites and Texts
Chairs: Thelma K. Thomas (University of Michigan) and Traianos
Gagos (University of Michigan)
Jennifer A. Sheridan (St. Joseph's University): "Town Cites in
Texts: Beyond Provenance"
Terry Wilfong (University of Michigan): "The Streets of Jeme --
Textual Evidence and Urban Archaeology in a Byzantine Egyp-
Peter Van Minnen (Duke University): "Deserted Villages: Two Late
Antique Townsites in Egypt"
Christopher Haas (Villanova University): "Urban Politics in
Fifth-Century Alexandria and the Chalcedonian Crisis"
FRIDAY MORNING SESSIONS: 11:00-12:15
A. Gender and Hagiography
Chair: Alice-Mary Talbot (Dumbarton Oaks)
Gregory Dobrov (University of Michigan): "Voicing the Virgin:
Dialogic Invention of the Theotokos in the Sixth-Century
Claudia Rapp (UCLA): "Models of Female Sainthood: Byzantine Nuns
and their Edifying Manuscripts"
B. Christian Concepts
Chair: Tony Cutler (Pennsylvania State University)
Ellen Emerick (University of Kentucky): "Cyprian and Christ's
Steven Bigham (Center for Greek Studies, Montreal): "Eusebius of
Caesarea and Christian Images"
Monica J. Blanchard (Catholic University): "Coptic Remnuoth and
C. Byzantium and Islam
Chair: Irfan Shahid (Georgetown University)
Daniel J. Sahas (University of Waterloo): "Byzantium and the By-
zantines in the Life of the Prophet (Muhammad b. Ishaq's
Sirat Rasul Allah)"
Matthew Herbst (University of Michigan): "Theodosios the Deacon's
Capture of Crete as Polemic against Islam"
Maria Mavroudi (Dumbarton Oaks): "The Byzantine Oneirocriticon of
Achmet and the Islamic Science of Dream Interpretation"
BUSINESS LUNCH: 12:15-2:00
FRIDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS: 2:30-4:45
A. Architecture and Decoration
Chair: Robert Ousterhout (University of Illinois)
George Stricevic (University of Cincinnati): "Opaion in Byzantine
Churches -- An Iconographic Essay"
Mark J. Johnson (Brigham Young University): "The Oratory of the
Holy Cross at the Lateran"
Iakovos Potamianos (University of Michigan): "Anthemius' Design
of an Elliptical Mirror and the Dome of Hagia Sophia"
Susan Boyd (Dumbarton Oaks): "Production Centers for Champleve
Svetlana Popovic (Princeton University): "Koinovion Trapeza"
B. Dark Age Greece
Chair: Marcus Rautman (University of Missouri)
Brian Rutishauser (Ohio State University): "Economic Conditions
in the Aegean, A.D. 300-700"
Timothy E. Gregory (Ohio State University): "Land Use, Taxes, and
Consumption in Early Byzantine Greece"
Joseph L. Rife (University of Michigan): "Towards an Archaeology
of Historical Ethnography for the Corinthia, A.D. 585-805"
P. Nick Kardulias (Kenyon College): "Assessing Acculturation in
the Byzantine Dark Age (DA): An Archaeological
John Rosser (Boston College): "Spileo: A Fortified Settlement
from Greece's Early Middle Ages"
C. Comnenian Culture
Chair: Annamarie Weyl Carr (Southern Methodist University)
Barbara Hill (Queen's University, Belfast): "The Second Sex in
Charles M. Brand (Bryn Mawr College): "Slave Women in the Legis-
lation of Alexius I"
Thalia Gouma-Peterson (College of Wooster): "Engendered Category
or Recognizable Life: Anna Comnena and her Alexiad"
Sarolta A. Takacs (Harvard University): "Oracles, Pebbles, and
Science -- Anna Comnena's Comments on Astrology"
RECEPTION/COCKTAIL PARTY: 5:00-7:00
OPEN DISCUSSION: THE FUTURE OF THE BSC: 7:00-9:00
Chair: Susan Ashbrook Harvey (Brown University)
SATURDAY MORNING SESSIONS: 9:00-10:45
A. Church Programs
Chair: Henry Maguire (Dumbarton Oaks)
John Osborne (University of Victoria): "The North Wing of the
Narthex of S. Marco in Venice: Some Observations on its
Decoration and Function"
Lesley Jessop (University of Victoria): "San Marco at Venice: The
Cycles of Saint Mark in the North Choir Chapel and the Cap-
Ljubica D. Popovich (Vanderbilt University): "Pairing of the
Prophets and their Quotations: A Constantinopolitan Tradi-
tion and its Dissemination"
Linda Safran (Catholic University): "The Genesis Frieze at Trebi-
B. Medieval Greece
Chair: Sharon Gerstel (University of Maryland)
Joseph D. Alchermes (University of Minnesota): "Settlement and
Citadel in Frankish Morea"
Frederick A. Schultz (Ohio State University): "Economy and Socie-
ty in the Frankish Corinthia"
Sally McKee (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh): "Evidence of Greek
Women's Economic Activities under Venetian Rule"
C. History and Texts
Chair: George Majeska (University of Maryland)
Danuta Gorecki (University of Illinois): "Controversy about Pre-
scription (Statute of Limitations) in Macedonian Novels:
Policies and Politics"
Leonora A. Neville (Princeton University): "Gregory Pakourianos
and Byzantine Internal Expansion"
Kenneth Snipes (Manhattan College): "The Letters of Theophylact
of Ohrid as Source for the Events of the First Crusade"
Liliana Simeonova (SUNY-Albany): "Use of Foul Language and the
Medieval Bon Ton: Some Examples from the History of Byzanti-
SATURDAY MORNING SESSIONS 11:00-12:15
A. Byzantine Art and the West: A Re-examination
Chair: Maria Georgopoulou (Yale University)
Rebecca W. Corrie (Bates College): "Vienna Cod. 93 and the Use of
Byzantine Art in Southern Italy"
Anne Derbes (Hood College): "Documenting the Maniera Greca"
Robert S. Nelson (University of Chicago): "Byzantine Art and the
West: Models or Artists?"
B. [Vacant Session]
C. Church Controversies
Chair: David Evans (St. John's University)
Anthony Kaldellis (University of Michigan): "Did Julian Try to
Create a "Pagan Church"?"
Josephine Shaya (University of Michigan): "The Church Recast: The
Struggle between Arians and Nicenes for the Churches of Con-
Victoria Erhart (Dumbarton Oaks/Catholic University): "Central-
ized Authority in the Syriac Diophysite Church?: Catholicos
Isho-yahb III (644-658) vs. Bishop Simeon of Rev Ardashir"
Carl Lardiero (Lanham, Md.): "Oikonomia in the Religious and Po-
litical Controversies of the Eighth and Ninth Centuries"
GOVERNING BOARD MEETING: 12:15-2:00
SATURDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS: 2:15-3:30
A. Christian Iconography I
Chair: Alice Christ (University of Kentucky)
David H. Wright (Oakland, Cal.): "The Implications of the Qued-
linburg Itala Fragments"
Charlotte Houghton (Duke University): "According to the Flesh:
King David and Christ in Early Christian Art"
Sarah Diebel (Rutgers University): "Putting Theodora in her
Place: The Imperial Presence at S. Vitale in Ravenna"
Chair: Raymond Van Dam (University of Michigan)
James G. Keenan (Loyola University, Chicago): "The Aphrodito Mur-
der Mystery: A Return to the Scene of the Crimes"
Dickran Kouymjian (California State University-Fresno): "A Unique
American Paprus and its Paleography"
Boudewijn Sirks (University of Amsterdam): "A Byzantine Protocol
C. Religious Life
Chair: Hagith S. Sivan (University of Kansas)
Susan Ashbrook Harvey (Brown University): "Sanctity and Stench:
When Holy Fragrance Turns Foul"
G.L.C. Frank (University of South Africa): "Christian Attitudes
towards Male Impurity in the Early Byzantine Period"
Ronald Weber (University of Texas-El Paso): "Hysteria and Conver-
sion in Late Antiquity"
SATURDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS 3:45-5:30
A. Christian Iconography II
Chair: Nancy Sevcenko (Cambridge, Mass.)
Alfred Buchler (Berkeley, Cal.): "Drums in Byzantium and the Ico-
nography of Psalm 136/137"
Katrin Kogman-Appel (Hebrew University, Jerusalem): "The Sephar-
dic Haggadot and Byzantine Art"
John Cotsonis (Dumbarton Oaks): "The Significance of loca sancta
Pilgrimage in Light of Sphragistic Iconography"
Jaroslav Folda (University of North Carolina): "Loca Sancta et
Profana and Crusader Representional Arts"
B. Byzantine Spain
Chair: Ralph W. Mathisen (University of South Carolina)
Luis A. Garcia Moreno (University of Alcala de Henares, Spain):
"The Creation of Byzantium's Spanish Province"
Margarita Vallejo Girves (University of Alcala de Henares,
Spain): "The Treaties between Justinian and Athanagild and
the Legality of Byzantium's Peninsular Holding"
Francisco Salvador Ventura (University of Granada): "The Spanish
Byzantine Frontier: Civitates and Castra"
Leonard A. Curchin (University of Waterloo): "Weddings, Widows,
and Wealth: The Role of Elite Women in Late Roman and Byzan-
Elisaveta Todorova (Northern Kentucky University): "Catalans and
Spaniards in Constantinople and Beyond"
C. Making Byzantine History
Chair: George Dennis (Catholic University)
Patrick T. R. Gray (Atkinson College): "Revision of Law as Recon-
struction of History: The New History of Christianity Im-
plied by the Codex Justinianus"
F.M. Clover (University of Wisconsin): "Malchus of Philadelphia
on the Destiny of the Roman Empire"
Joel Walker (Princeton University): "Mission Narrative and Clas-
sical Ethnography in the Ecclesiastical History of Philos-
Nicola Denzey (Princeton University): "The View of the Past in
the Chronicle of John of Nikiu: Civic Historiography in Sev-
SUNDAY MORNING SESSION: 9:00-11:30
A. Cultural Colonialism
Chair: Annabel Wharton (Duke University)
Ellen C. Schwartz (Eastern Michigan University): "A Bronze Censer
from the Malcove Collection: East Meets West in the Small
William Melczer (Syracuse University): "The Iconological Program
of the Door of Monte Sant'Angelo and Byzantine Encomia of
the Archangel Michael"
Olenka Z. Pevny (New York University): "Faithfully Byzantine,
Unmistakably Kievan: The Church of St. Cyril in the Context
of Middle Byzantine Architecture"
Isolde Thyret (Colorado College): "Byzantine Imperial Iconography
in a Muscovite Context: The Katapetasma of 1556"
SUNDAY MORNING SESSIONS: 9:00-10:45
Chair: Kathleen Corrigan (Dartmouth College)
James R. Payton, Jr. (Redeemer College): "The Significance of
Matter in the Iconoclastic Controversy"
Denis F. Sullivan (University of Maryland): "Exotic Technology
and Politics in the Vitae of Ioannikios"
Glenn Peers (Johns Hopkins University): "Angelic Epiphany and
Charles Barber (University of Illinois): "An Ironic Icon: Theo-
C. Early Byzantine History
Chair: David Olster (University of Kentucky)
Jacqueline Long (University of Texas): "The Angry Emperor within
Hugh Elton (Trinity College): "Fravitta and Barbarian Career Op-
portunities in Constantinople"
Peter Heather (University College, London): "Ravenna and Constan-
tinople c. 493-527"
Walter E. Kaegi (University of Chicago): "The Crisis of 641 Once
SUNDAY MORNING SESSIONS: 11:00-1:00
Chair: Susan Stevens (Randolph Macon Women's College)
Christine Kondoleon (Williams College): "Report on the Research
and Excavations of Dermech I, Carthage"
Lea Stirling (University of Manitoba) and Nejib Ben Lazres
(Institut National du Patrimonie): "Industry and Urban
Change in Early Byzantine North Africa: New Evidence from
Leptiminus (Lamta), Tunisia"
Lucinda Neuru (University of Waterloo): "The Peristyle of the
Roman Villa at Sidi Ghrib"
C.S. Lightfoot (Bilkent University, Ankara): "Recent Excavations
Carol Meyer (University of Chicago): "Bir Umm Fawakhir: A Byzan-
tine Gold-Mining Town in Egypt"
B. Classical Survival in Byzantium
Chair: Marios Philippides
Raffaella Cribiore (Columbia University): "Learning How to Write
in Byzantine Schools"
J.G. Farrow (Wayne State University): "Antioch and Antehomerica:
A Locally Revised Account of the Trojan War's Origins"
Charles Pazdernik (Princeton University): "Procopius and Thucy-
dides on the Meaning of Words"
Stelios Vasilakis (New York University): "Plethon's De Differen-
tiis: Interpretation or Manipulation"
Elizabeth A. Fisher (George Washington University): "Michael
Psellos and the Literary Survival of Romulus"