Colloquia Ceranea VI

Dear Colleagues,

It is for the sixth time that we have the pleasure of inviting you to take part in the international, interdisciplinary scholarly conference Colloquia Ceranea, organised by the Waldemar Ceran Research Centre for the History and Culture of the Mediterranean Area and South-East Europe “Ceraneum”, University of Łódź, Poland, to take place between 9 and 11 May 2024.

As in the recent years, Colloquia Ceranea VI will be held in a hybrid mode. However, as our meetings tend to turn into lively discussions (which are often continued after the official debates) and since we are planning a few extras to the main sessions, we would encourage you to visit Łódź in person.



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Institute of History

27A Kaminskiego Street, Łódź


Plenary lectures will be delivered by:

  • Dr. Andrew Dalby (independent scholar, profile): A last dinner with Alexander (abstract)
  • Prof. Alessia Guardasole (French National Centre for Scientific Research, profile): ‟So that those who are searching can find them easily”: Crito's Cosmetics table of contents in Galen's Compound drugs according to places; how Galen's censuring marked the success of a work. (abstract)









Links for the online proceedings

ROOM 103 (one link for all days) ROOM 203 (one link for all days)




Room 103

8:50-9:00 Conference opening


Andrew Dalby A last dinner with Alexander


10:15-12:00 Room 103

SESSION I Moderator: Andrew Dalby

Maciej Helbig ἄρα γε απὸ τῶν καρπῶν αὐτῶν ἐπιγνώσεσθε αὐτούς. Usage of dates in Roman cuisine according to De re coquinaria by Apicius

Marina Koumanoudi Eat, Drink, Rejoice, and Organise: The Wedding Banquets of Isabella Villehardouin and Philip I of Savoy

Paulina Komar, Dimitri Van Limbergen The taste of late antique wines: comparing fermentation practices between East and West

Jana Kopáčková Wine and olive oil production in Histria and Dalmatia during Late Antiquity and

Byzantine period (4th – 7th century) - change of social-economic patterns


12:15-14:00 Room 103

SESSION II Moderator: Paulina Komar

Alexandra Livarda, Patricia Vandorpe,Federica Riso Culinary trajectories in the Roman Empire through archaeobotanical evidence: from Italy to the northern provinces

Erica Rowan Under the Rubble: Late Antique Diet at Aphrodisias

Sophia Germanidou Not just a beautiful flower but a miraculous plant: the flax

Federica Rotelli Plant Globalization in the Roman and Early Byzantine World


15:00-16:45 Room 103

SESSION III Moderator: Sophia Germanidou

MarcoMuresu (online participant) Alimentation and Meals in Middle Byzantine Mount Athos
(9-11 c.)

Alfred Galik Eating habits in Ancient and Byzantine Ephesos

Vedat Onar,  Aleksander Chrószcz, Dominik Poradowski, Rahmi Asal, Sırrı Çömlekçi (online participants) The anatomical distribution of slaughter animals skeletal remains from Theodosius Harbour


17:00-18:45 Room 103

SESSION IV Moderator: Manuela Marai

Gerasimos Merianos Parallels between Alchemy and Theology in Byzantium

Mark Beumer (online participant) From temple sleep to church sleep. New perspectives

Evy Johanne Håland Healing rituals in modern and ancient Greece, a comparison             

Jonathan Flood (online participant) Healing Water Chemistry at Temples of Asclepius in Greece and



10 MAY


9:00-10:00 Room 103  PLENARY LECTURE (online)

Alessia Guardasole ‟So that those who are searching can find them easily”: Crito's Cosmetics table of contents in Galen's Compound drugsaccording to places; how Galen's censuring marked the success of a work


10:15-12:00 Room 103

SESSION V Moderator: Barbara Zipser

Claire Burridge At the Margins of Medicine: An Examination of the Addition of Dietary Advice to Latin Manuscripts Before c. 1000

Leonie Rau Potions, Pills, and Perfumes: Tracing Medical Knowledge in an Arabic Dispensatory from 10th-Century Andalusia

Jan van Doren ‘All excesses are harmful’ – Anthimus’ De observatione ciborum in Carolingian medical manuscripts


12:15-14:00 Room 103

SESSION VI Moderator: Marina Koumanoudi

Tomasz Waliszewski Oil for Theophanes. Reflections on the chaîne opératoire of olive oil in late antique Phoenicia

Patryk Grancow Seafood as aphrodisiacs in the light of select ancient literary sources

Conan Doyle Pepper, peacock and petra oleum: The early medieval English reception of late antique dietetic medicine

Barbara Zipser Pharmacy or kitchen? Reconstructing the workspace of Ioannes archiatrus


15:00-16:45 Room 103

SESSION VII (online) Moderator:Alessia Guardasole

Sean Coughlin A Digital Approach to Ancient Recipes

Caterina Manco (online participant)  “Because you’re worth it”? Galen on Hair

Katarzyna Gromek(online participant)   Precious oil of Alexandria - reconstruction of the salca oil

Veronika Kelbecheva, Gergana Petkova, Vanya Ivanova (online participants) Issues of Medical Latin in the Context of Bulgarian Higher Education


11 MAY


9:00-10:45 Room 103

SESSION VIII (online) Moderator: John Wilkins

Tomáš Alušík(online participant) Medicine and population state of health in prehistoric and archaic Greece (ca. 10000-500 BC)

Manuela Marai Patterns of ingredients and antimicrobial substances in Galen's wound healing plasters

Maciej Kokoszko, Zofia RzeźnickaPolyarchion revisited

Isabel Grimm-Stadelmann The use of insects as materia medica


11:00-12:45 Room 103

SESSION IX  Moderator: Isabel Grimm-Stadelmann

Elias Valiakos (online participant) Examining and analyzing Metrodora's work: On Women's Diseases of the Womb            

Flavio Bevacqua Scientific taxonomies and pharmacological practice in Neophytos Prodromenos’ notebook (Parisinus gr. 2286)

Alain Touwaide Preparing Medicines in Byzantium


13:45-15:30 Room 103

SESSION X  Moderator: Sean Coughlin

Fatma Abdelhay (online participant) The Scientific Traditions in Compiling Aqrābādhīn: A Crossed History from the East to the West

Efraim Lev Arabic Medicine and Pharmacology as Practiced by Jews in Medieval Muslim Lands

Anya King(online participant) Drug, Food, Perfume: Nutsedges in Early Islamic Culture







10:15-12:00 Room 203

SESSION Ia Moderator: Simeon Hinkovski

Marcin Böhm Constantine Porphyrogenitus and the Siege of Ragusa (866–868). The role of Ragusa as a Byzantine naval base in the second half of the 9th century

Pantelis Charalampakis (online participant) A Byzantine Family Through the Centuries: The

Kostomiris as a Case Study of Social History and Prosopography

Maciej Czyż Some alternative readings of the chronicle of Al-Anṭākī



12:15-14:00 Room 203

SESSION IIa  Moderator

Simeon Hinkovski New documents about the reign of tzar Ivan Alexander

Kirił Marinow In defence of the St. Demetrius' honour. Theodore Balsamon's gloss on the expedition of Isaac II Angelos against the Bulgarians in 1186 

Agon Rrezja Defending the West Border: A Challenge for Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos (1081-1118)


15:00-16:45 Room 203

SESSION IIIa  Moderator: Paweł Filipczak

Andrea Bernier Comes Orientis and Vicarius Mesopotamiae. A reform of Constantius II gone unnoticed

Marek Jankowiak Byzantine bureaucracy in the “Dark Age”: A view from the Trullo Hall

Adam Łukaszewicz Remarks on some aspects of the administration of Egypt in the early 4th century

Szymon Olszaniec Administrative divisions of Italy in the IV – VI century: state of art


17:00-18:45 Room 203

SESSION IVa Moderator

Viktor Humennyi (online participant) Powers of the border-zone: the epigraphical perspective over Late Roman military governing of the Syrian area in the 3rd-4th c. CE

Tülin Kaya (online participant) An Assessment of Roads and Routes in Byzantine Anatolia (ca.4th - 9thc.)

Viktor Melnyk (online participant) The Visigothic Kingdom of Toulouse as a Consequence of the Lex Foedus Legal Practice

Marcin Wieczorek Geographic Description of Caucasus in Late Antiquity through Roman and Iberian Eyes


10 MAY



10:15-12:00 Room 203

SESSION Va Moderator: Jan Mikołaj Wolski

Dimo Penkov, Ivan Yovchev Nature and ways of penetration of the Paulician heresy in the Bulgarian lands during the Middle Ages(presented in their absence by Dr. Shtoni Kokoudev)

Ivan Christov Euthymius Zigabenus on the eastern sects and heresies as sources of Bogomilism

Shtoni Kokoudev (Fr. Sava) Comparative aspects of the medieval dualistic heresies on the Balkans

Ekaterina Dikova (online participant) Text-Critical Notes to Constantine of Preslav’s Didactic Gospel


12:15-14:00 Room 203

SESSION VIa Moderator: Ivan Christov

Bojana Radovanović (online participant) Migration histories in respect to the transmission of religious ideas, on the example of the Bogomils

Piotr Czarnecki Eastern Elements in Cathar Doctrines – an Argument for the Traditional Interpretation of Catharism

Vladislav Atanassov (online participant) The New Testament in the argument of the heretics described in the Sermon of Presbyter Kosma


15:00-16:45 Room 203 SESSION VIIa

Moderator: Piotr Czarnecki

Maja Angelovska-Panova (online participant)  Enlightens: The Legacy of Ss. Clement and Naum of Ohrid

Andrew Roach, Jan Mikołaj Wolski What should we do with heretics? A few examples of the authorities strategies from the Balkan Middle Ages




11 MAY


9:00-10:45 Room 203

SESSION VIIIa Moderator 

Aneta Dimitrova Interlinear and Marginal Glosses in the Athonite Translation of John Chrysostom’s De Statuis

Anna-Maria Totomanova The short recension of Ioannes Zonaras’  Ἐπιτομὴ Ἱστοριῶν in the Slavonic manuscript tradition

Ivan P. Petrov (online participant) Once again towards the mental and cognitive terms in Old Church

Slavonic: the Greek ἔννοια in Constantine of Preslav’s Didactic Gospel and beyond


11:00-12:45 Room 203

SESSION IXa Moderator: Aneta Dimitrova

Michał Stachura The Vandal habrosyne and its significance in Procopius' account of the rise and fall of the Vandal state

Maria Totomanova-Paneva On Some Greek Glosses in MS Zogr. 105

Tsvetan Vasilev Selected icons in Greek language from the collection of the National Church History and Archaeological Museum in Sofia – philological analysis

Magdalena Garnczarska Why might Patriarch Germanos I have been the author of the treatise “On the Divine Liturgy”?






In 2024 Colloquia Ceranea will be held under the auspices of:

  • The Committee on Ancient Culture of the Polish Academy of Sciences
  • The Commission for the Investigation of Byzantine Medical Studies, International Association of Byzantine Studies.

Moreover, we will be supported by our local and international partners, i.e.:

  • Faculty of Philosophy and History, University of Łódź
  • Institute of History, University of Łódź
  • Department of Byzantine History, University of Łódź
  • Department of Slavonic Philology, University of Łódź
  • Faculty of History, University of Warsaw
  • Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions (Washington, DC).


During our symposium, we would once again like to focus on issues from the main research fields of the Ceraneum Centre, i.e. food and medicine from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period, the history and culture of Byzantium and the Slavic World in the Middle Ages.

History of medicine and food

We intend to conduct further interdisciplinary discussion on various aspects of medical and culinary history in Antiquity and Byzantium. To that end we have secured collaboration with a group of eminent scholars representing diverse research areas to form the conference’s international Scientific Committee. They are:

  • Dr. Alfred Galik, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
  • Dr. phil. Dr. habil. Isabel Grimm-Stadelmann, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities
  • Prof. Alessia Guardasole, French National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
  • Dr. Andrew Dalby, independent scholar
  • Prof. Maciej Kokoszko, University of Łódź
  • Dr. Paulina Komar, University of Warsaw
  • Dr. Erica Rowan, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Prof. Alain Touwaide, Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions, Washington, DC
  • Prof. John Wilkins, Emeritus Professor, University of Exeter
  • Dr. Barbara Zipser, Royal Holloway, University of London

The diverse fields of the committee members guarantee that the conference will be truly multidisciplinary, furthering our strong believe that only by means of mutual support will we be able to boldly step across the borders between our separate research fields, and thus paint a more holistic picture of everyday life in Antiquity and Byzantium in their social and economic context.

We are particularly interested in papers covering such topics as:

  • Reception and modification of Greek medical theory in Byzantium;
  • Transmission of ancient medical heritage into the Arab and Western world;
  • Byzantine and Post-Byzantine medical manuscripts;
  • Plant, animal and mineral substances in cosmetology and pharmacology from Antiquity to the modern times – continuity or change?;
  • New arrivals in the cuisine and pharmacology of Byzantium;
  • Dangerous foodstuffs: materia medica between poison and remedy;
  • Archaeology of Ancient and Byzantine medicine;
  • Archaeology of Ancient and Byzantine alimentation;
  • Ancient and Byzantine dietary patterns;
  • Reconstruction of ancient and Byzantine culinary recipes;
  • Foods and medicaments as markers of social status in the Mediterranean of Antiquity and Byzantium.

State administration in the early Byzantine Empire (4th – 7th c. AD)

Since the reign of Emperor Diocletian, the governance of the Roman state went through such a profound transformation that its full understanding by modern scholars still remains only a postulate.

A number of new offices were created, the competences of which were never precisely defined. Although these were generally divided into civilian and military, the process was never ubiquitous nor uniform.

Eventually, for our contemporary norms based on precision and clarity of structures, the system of state governance was unclear and sometimes even chaotic. Other factors, undeniably present in the Roman administration of the late imperial period which were intensifying its disorganisation, were such vices as corruption and nepotism (both commonly condemned nowadays).

At the same time, it is generally accepted that the administrative changes introduced by Diocletian and continued by many of his successors, up to Justinian I, ensured that the Byzantine state was able to survive for hundreds of years. Thus, perhaps, what today we perceive as a symptom of administrative imperfections was, in fact, an intentional act of its creators. Such a complex administrative structure provokes a whole range of further questions: who administered the provinces, dioceses and prefectures, and how? Who were ‘Emperor’s men’? Were they loyal and merit-worthy ‘statesmen’, or rather the careerists they are usually perceived as in later epochs? What do we know about their ethnic or religious identity (and is it worth considering these issues today and were such issues considered in Antiquity)? How far did the division of the Roman state into smaller and smaller provinces affect the efficiency of the tax system? What was the real role of dioceses and prefectures in the governance of the whole Empire? Was there subordination of service, as one would expect from a strictly hierarchical structure? Finally, what effect did the transition from paganism to Christianity (which though reasonably smooth in the 4th c. AD, later became more difficult) have on the functioning of the state administration?

Given the new publications on the Roman and Byzantine administration, and even on topics that would seem to have been well covered previously (prosopography is the best example), it proves that we are still seeking answers to the above-mentioned questions, as well as many others.

Medieval dualist heresies in the Balkans and Asia Minor, a return to the sources

Recent years have brought new editions and translations of the most important sources on Bogomilism: the works of Kosmas the Priest, Euthymius Zigabenos, Euthymius of Peribleptos and also minor writings on the subject. The work in this direction serves to strengthen our knowledge of the Bogomil heresy, as well as to clarify a number of specific issues related to the confessions or history of the heretics. Focusing research on the sources themselves is important because of how intricate the materials are and how incomplete a picture they give us. We should always distinguish between the interpretations, hypotheses and historiographical facts accumulated over the years and what is actually found in the actual texts that witness history. Therefore, it should also be appreciated that the "return to the sources" we have been observing in recent years is also being realized in another way: the subject of lively interest is the history of the discipline itself, that is, the history of the study of Bogomilism and related movements.

Submissions of papers on the heretical movements of the area and also on interreligious relations will be accepted, especially with a focus on the topics of Bogomilism, Paulicianism, the Patarenes; the eastern connections of the Cathars; new interpretations of original sources; analysis of the contradictory information from the source material or coherent reports from different traditions (apocryphal and heresiological, Latin and Greek, etc.)

As always, we await papers discussing other research fields, such as:

  • material culture and everyday life;
  • historical and political geography;
  • historiography;
  • peace and war studies;
  • society, mores and social norms;
  • education;
  • language;
  • art and visual culture;
  • political culture and ideology.


Selected conference papers will be published in article format in “Studia Ceranea”, a yearly journal indexed in Scopus, the Web of Science Core Collection (Emerging Sources Citation Index), EBSCOhost, and a number of other databases.

The deadline for submitting papers to “Studia Ceranea” is May 31, 2024.

However, if you are not able to finish by that time, there will still be the possibility to deliver your text by December 31, 2024, for it to be published in the volume covering 2025.

You will find all editorial instructions on the journal’s website.


Transfer details and card payment.


  • Dr. Krzysztof Jagusiak
  • Dr. Karolina Krzeszewska
  • Dr. Zofia Rzeźnicka
  • Dr. Jan Mikołaj Wolski

Should you have any question, please contact us at

Projekt finansowany ze środków budżetu państwa, przyznanych przez Ministra Nauki w ramach Programu "Doskonała Nauka II".


Colloquia Ceranea V



Institute of History UL, 27A, Kaminskiego St. [GOOGLE MAPS]

& online



You may download here the book of abstracts and programme in pdf file:

Book of abstracts

In person participants will get printed copies on arrival.

patroniŁódź Akademicka



all times are CEST, UTC+2

11 V 2023

Room 103

8.50-9.00 Conference opening

9.00-10.00 Plenary lecture I (online): John Wilkins, Food for Life: Galen’s On Health (De sanitate tuenda)

10.00-11.00 Plenary lecture II (online): John Haldon,The dynamics of transformation: why did Byzantium survive into the 8th century?

11.00-11.15 Coffee break


11.15-13.15 Room 103

Online moderator: John Wilkins

Gerasimos Merianos     Humble but not insignificant: References to wine lees in Greek (al)chemical texts

Laurence Totelin (online participant)    Beyond amulets: healing stones in Graeco-Roman medicine

Barbara Zipser    Outliers in John the Physician's Therapeutics. Weird, wonderful and rare materia medica

11.15-13.15 Room 204

Moderator: Andrzej Kompa

Martina Čechová (online participant)   Crimean Cherson in the “times of turmoil”

Maciej Czyż    No need to go further. Byzantine Reconquista of 10th-11th centuries and attacks on Christians in the lands of Islam.

Elisabeta Negrău (online participant)    A 6th-Century Story in a 9th-Century Tract? Torna, Torna, Frater Revisited

Marco Muresu    Sardinia and the Byzantine west. Paradigm shifts and changing perceptions


13.15-14.30 Lunch break


14.30-16.30 Room 103

Online moderator: Petros Bouras-Vallianatos

Sean Coughlin (online participant)    The meaning of ‘stypsis’ in the context of perfumery

Tomasz Tadajczyk, Krzysztof Jagusiak    Venenum malum or bonum? Mandrake in the light of  ancient Greek and Latin written sources

Isabel Grimm-Stadelmann (online participant)    The newly founded Commission for the Investigation of Byzantine Medical Studies (CIBMS): Concept and Activities

14.30-16.30 Room 204

Online moderator: Martina Čechová

Sławomir Skrzyniarz    Two Types of Images of Christ on the Coins of Justinian II

Christos Malatras(online participant)    Civil administration in the Byzantine provinces (7th-9th c.)

Luca Zavagno (online participant)    “The Navigators.” Mediterranean Cities and Urban Spaces in the passage from  Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages (ca. 600 - ca. 850 CE)

Andrzej Kompa    Implications of Justinian II's downfall and return

16.30-16.45  Coffee break


16.45-18.45 Room 103

Online moderator: Sean Coughlin

Veronika Kelbecheva, Gergana Petkova (online participants)    Medical Latin in practice. Methodology for self-preparation in   professional language of terminology

Maciej Kokoszko, Zofia Rzeźnicka    John Chrysostom’s physical frailty and how it was cured: the case of polyarchion

16.45-18.45 Room 204

Online moderator: Yanko Hristov

Francesco Dall’Aglio (online participant)    Byzantium in Times of Turmoil – Again (Late 12th – Early 13th C.). The Role of the Bulgarian Insurrection and Provincial Separatism

Ivelin Ivanov (online participant)    The Impact of the Fourth Crusade and the Latin Empire of Constantinople on the Second Bulgarian Tsardom

Paweł Lachowicz (online participant)    Cognatic primogeniture in practice. The recurring pattern of first born daughters and their husbands as claimants in the 12th and 13th century Byzantine Empire

Kirił Marinow    Tărnovgrad, the capital-city of Late Medieval Bulgaria, in the ‘Memoirs’ of Emperor John VI Kantakouzenos (i.e. Monk Joasaph Christodoulos)


19.00 Banquet


12 V 2023

Room 103

10.00-11.00Plenary lecture III: Ilias Anagnostakis,Lessons and insights from Chrysothemis: We are also what we don't eat or shouldn't or would like to eat (presented by Maria Leontsini)

11.00-11.15 Coffee break


11.15-13.15 Room 103

Online moderator: Isabel Grimm-Stadelmann

Irene Calà (online participant)    Reading medical manuscripts: new fragments of Philagrios

Elias Valiakos    The physician Theon and his unpublished work

Antoaneta Granberg    The interpolation on the human body and the four elements in the Slavonic Alexander romance

Maria Totomanova-Paneva, Lilly Stammler    Women and Their Afflictions According to Iatrosophion D Gr. 352

11.15-13.15 Room 204

Moderator: Jan Mikołaj Wolski

Yanko Hristov (online participant)    Ethnic, Religious and Social Diversity in the Early Medieval Bulgaria Seen by a 10th–Century Hagiographer.

Piotr Czarnecki (online participant)    Authenticity of the Interrogatio Iohannis in the light of contemporary deconstructionist source criticism

Dick Van Niekerk (online participant)    Portrait of Sir Dimitri Obolensky Patron of the Study of the Bogomils


13.15-14.15   Lunch break


14.15-16.15 Room 103

Moderator: Gerasimos Merianos

Dimitra Makri (online participant)    Varieties of wine and wine-tasting in Graeco-Roman and Byzantine Egypt

Ksenija Borojevic, Krzysztof Jagusiak, Ksenija Gasic (online participants)    Peaches (Prunus persica [L.] Batsch) at the medieval site Ras, Serbia

Aleksander Chrószcz, Vedat Onar, Dominik Poradowski (online participant)    Animals from Theodosius Harbour

14.15-16.15 Room 204

Moderator: Antoaneta Granberg

Marina Čistiakova(online participant)    A Cycle of Memories and Verses of the Old Testament Righteous in the Prologues of Athos Hil. 424 and Hil. 427

Mariyana Tsibranska-Kostova (online participant)    Towards the History of the 15th Сentury Repentance Prayers in the Slavonic South

Illia Rudyk (online participant)    The Itinerant Greek Orthodox Hierarchy in the 17th Century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth


16.30                    How did Ancient and Byzantine Food Taste Like?
Dégustationprepared by Maciej Helbig


13 V 2023

9.00-10.45 Room 103

Moderator: Maciej Helbig

Ayman Atat(online participant)    Paul of Aegina and his Food Therapy's Knowledge as quoted by Ibn Al- Bayṭār (13th Century)

Maria Leontsini    Condiment or medicine? Capers from the Hippocratic Corpus to the Byzantine and Arab dietary treatises

Sally Grainger (online participant)    Garum, fish blood taboos in Christianity and the  evolving nature of ancient fish sauce

9.00-10.45 Room 204

Online moderator: Dmytro Dymydyuk

Magdalena Garnczarska    The light studies of the Byzantine Institute in the Holy Wisdom Church in Constantinople. Some remarks on troublesome gold tesserae

Zeynep Çakmakçı, Ceren Ünal (online participants)    Byzantine Reliquary Crosses from Haluk Perk Museum in Istanbul

Anastasios Kantaras(online participant) Il mondo dei simboli nel periodo bizantino: forme, interpretazione, evoluzione/The world of symbols during the Byzantine period: forms, interpretation and evolution.

10.45-11.00                      Coffee break


11.00-12.45 Room 103

Moderator: Maria Leontsini

Ferdinando Ferraioli(online participant)    Considerations on the role of fish and meat in the alimentation of Ancient Greece

Maciej Helbig    A roast lamb was set down in front of them. The mutton and the lamb in Ancient Roman and Byzantine culinary tradition.

11.00-12.45 Room 204

Moderator: Bogna Kosmulska

Dmytro Dymydyuk (online participant)    New interpretation and datation of the so-called “King Levon’s dagger” from the History Museum of Armenia

Marina Bastero Acha(online participant)    Flaminicae and priestesses as public benefactors in Hispania

Victor Humennyi (online participant)    Looking for identities through language? Analyzing the epigraphical habit of the Roman soldiers in the Late Antique Syria

12.45-13.00                      Coffee break


13.00-14.45 Room 103

Online moderator: Bojana Radovanović

Michail Theodosiadis  (online participant)    Early Byzantine political thought and the contemporary global political project

Dorothea Valentinova (online participant)    Law and Justice in Breviarium Alaricianum and Lex Visigothorum

BognaKosmulska    Constantinople III – A Lost Potential? A Philosopher’s Viewpoint

Grzegorz Rostkowski(online participant)    Once Again Concerning the Conversion of the Khazars to Judaism



Selected conference papers will be published in article format in “Studia Ceranea”, a yearly journal indexed in Scopus, the Web of Science Core Collection (Emerging Sources Citation Index), EBSCOhost, and a number of other databases.

 The deadline for submitting  papers to “Studia Ceranea” is May 31, 2023.

However, if you are not able to finish by that time, there will still be the possibility to deliver your text by December 31, 2023, so that it would be published in the volume covering 2024.

You will find all editorial instructions on the journal’s website:

Studia Ceranea. Editorial Instructions.




Dr. Krzysztof Jagusiak

Dr. Karolina Krzeszewska

Dr. Zofia Rzeźnicka

Dr. Jan Mikołaj Wolski

If you have any question, please contact us at

Fourth Colloquia Ceranea International Conference
12-14 May 2022, Łódź

Biedermann Palace, Franciszkańska 1/5 & online


Programme (pdf, click to download)

Book of abstracts (pdf, click to download)

Thank you for your contribution! 


12 V 2022

8.50 – 9.00         Conference opening

9.00 – 10.00      Plenary lecture I (online): Alain Touwaide Lost in Scholarship. Byzantine Medicine

10.00 – 11.00   Plenary lecture II (online): Dirk Krasmüller Fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays in Byzantium


11.15 – 13.00 Room 202

Diana Míčková (online moderator)

Sean Coughlin (online participant)   Antyu and Stakte: Resins and Perfume Production in Ptolemaic Egypt

Manuela Marai (online participant)  Distillation in the Graeco-Roman World: Production and Fractionation of Resinous Substances for Pharmaceutical Use

Medhat Mohamed Ibrahim Abd El Rahman (online participant)    Application of Raman Spectroscopy to Suspected Residues of Ancient Perfumes


11.15 – 13.00 Room 203

Bojana Radovanović (online moderator)

Martina Biamino (online participant) Monasteries and Pilgrimage in Procopius of Caesarea’s De Aedificiis V

Andrew Wade (online participant) Multi-lingual, pluri-ethnic Orthodox monasticism in Palestine and on Sinai, with particular reference to the liturgical manuscript Sinai Arabic 232 (13th century)

Aneta   Dimitrova (online participant) Old Church Slavonic Translations and Revisions of Thalassius’ Centuriae iv de caritate et continentia (CPG 7848)


14.00 – 16.45 Room 202

Maciej Kokoszko (moderator)

Giulia   Freni (online participant) Herbs as pharmaka: between medicine, astrology and magic

Krzysztof Jagusiak, Tomasz Tadajczyk Aconite – a poison, or a medicine? Ancient and Byzantine testimonies

Barbara Zipser The lexicography of plant names


14.00 – 16.45 Room 203

 Andrew R. Roach (online moderator)

Maja Angelovska-Panova (online participant) Marxist and religious dichotomy in Kosta Racin’s publicism: The case of Bogomilism

Vladislav Atanassov (online participant) The Bogomils and the Cross

Boyana Radovanović (online participant) The Slavic population of Peloponnese in the Middle Ages and their implication for the study of Bogomilism         

Piotr Czarnecki (online participant) The doctrine of the ordo Sclavoniae in the light of the Western sources and the issue of the origins of the dualist heresy in Bosnia


17.00 – 18.45 Room 202

Barbara Zipser (moderator)

Sorin    Paliga Is Romanian mămăliga an enigmatic word? A brief enquiry into some old names of plants

Gergana Petkova, Vanya Ivanova (online participants) Cases of synonymy and antonymy in the Latin medical terminological system

Anne  Grons (online participant)    Coptic Medical Prescriptions. Status quo and Future Perspectives


17.00 – 18.45 Room 203

Mitko B. Panov (online moderator)

Tomasz Pełech “Sclavonia is a forsaken land” – the image of Slavic territories and their inhabitants in the “Liber” of Raymond of Aguilers

Dorothea Valentinova (online participant) Iustitia and Corruptio in Liber Constitutionum sive Lex Gundobada

Paola    Druille (online participant)     The violent collection of taxes in Philo of Alexandria’s De Specialibus Legibus II 92-95 and III 159-163



13 V 2022

Gallery, part 3: Plenary lecture by Dr. Petros Bouras-Vaillanatos.

Room 202

9.00 – 10.00      Plenary lecture: Petros Bouras-Vallianatos Byzantine medicine matters: current trends and future avenues [click here to listen the lecture @soundcloud]


10.00 – 11.45 Room 202

 Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (moderator)

Sophia Xenophontos (online participant) Moral Medicine in Galen

Masayuki Fukushima The pseudo-Galenic treatise On Leeches and its reception by late antique authors

Isabel   Grimm-Stadelmann (online participant) »Blood is a very precious liquid« (Goethe, Faust I, v. 1740) – The value of blood as elixir of life, materia medica and energetic principle


10.00 – 11.45 Room 203

Marek Majer (moderator)

Thomas Daiber              Periphrastic (Future) Tense in Old Church Slavonic

Andriy Danylenko       How Many Futures Does Ukrainian Need?

Ivan P. Petrov             Future constructions in the Old Slavonic translations of Vita Antonii Magni

Björn   Wiemer           Diachronic layers in the interaction of the perfective present and the development of future grams in Slavic languages


12.00 – 13.45 Room 202

Maciej Helbig (online moderator)

Michiel Meeusen Saving Plato from the Doctors: Medical Zetema in Plutarch (Table Talk 7.1)

Giulia Gollo   (online participant) Food as Medicament in Byzantine Incubation Literature’s Healing Dreams. The Case of MS Lond. Add. 37534

Yanko Hristov (online participant)   Disease, Healing and Medical Knowledge in an Old-Bulgarian Collection of Miracle Stories


12.00 – 13.45 Room 203

Paweł Lachowicz (online moderator)

Ivelin Argirov Ivanov (online participant) Medieval Bulgaria in Polish Historiography After 1980

Francesco Dall’Aglio (online participant) Paristrion as centre and periphery: from Byzantine Border Province to Heartland of the ‘Second Bulgarian Kingdom’

Kirił Marinow  Τέρνοβος, ἐν ᾗ τὰ βασίλεια ἦν τῶν Βουλγάρων: the image of the Bulgarian capital city in Ῥωμαικὴ ἰστορία by Nikephoros Gregoras

Mitko B. Panov (online participant)  Reconstructing the image of Tsar Samuel from the perspective of the Ohrid Archbishopric (11th-17th Century)


15.00 – 16.45 Room 202

Ian Goh (moderator)

Erica Rowan                    Peasant chic: Elite food poverty in the Roman world

Andrew Jotischky         Grazers and foragers in medieval monastic discourse

Eike Faber (online participant) Poverty as an Ideal, or the Fundamentalism of the Wealthy

Judith Bronstein (online participant) Food, Identity and the military orders of the Templars and the Hospitallers, XIIth-XIIIth centuries


15.00 – 16.45 Room 203

Kirił Marinow (moderator)

Paweł Lachowicz (online participant) “The Foreign Element” as a Rhetorical Device of Criticizing Aristocratic Rebels in the Byzantine Narrative Sources of the 12th Century

Michał Stachura The distant beginnings of “fat shaming”, or why people of Antiquity did not ridicule fat women

Marina Bastero Acha (online participant) Epulum dedit: women and public banquets in the Hispano-Roman epigraphic landscape

Anastasios Kantaras    (online participant) Alcune osservazioni sulla posizione delle donne a Bisanzio attraverso gli epigrammi per la croce di Nicholas Kallikles (Some observations on woman’s position in Byzantium through the epigrams for the cross of Nicholas Kallikles)


 17.00 – 18.45 Room 202

Isabel Grimm-Stadelmann (online moderator)

Viktor Humennyi (online participant) Between the perception of “other” and culinary: the “Parthian tastes” of Roman cuisine

Maciej Helbig (online participant) L’Aile ou la Cuisse? The Hen and the chicken in De observatione ciborum by Anthimus

Zofia Rzeźnicka, Maciej Kokoszko Beef in the Byzantine period: dietetic advice and dietary reality

Lilia Isabel Lopez (online participant) Milk in medicine. The case of Spain (18th century)



14 V 2022


9.00 – 10.45

Andrzej Kompa (moderator)

Chiara Di Serio (online participant)  The Indian River Which Flows from Paradise

Magdalena Garnczarska (online participant) Revival and Change: the Backgrounds of the Miniatures of the Paris Psalter

Stela Tasheva, Sasha Lozanova (online participants) Furniture and spatial environment of Eastern Christian miniatures and icons: scenes of evangelists

Dominika Grabiec (online participant) Musical Instruments of King David in the Byzantine scenes of the death of poor Lazarus


11.00 – 12.45

Magdalena Garnczarska (online moderator)

Aleksander Mikołajczak, Rafał Dymczyk (online participants) Phonation of apocalyptic Athos frescoes from the monastery of Dionisiou versus Apokalipsis cum figuris by Albrecht Dürer

Kalina Mincheva (online participant) A note on the ktetor’s image in the church of St Archangel Michael Monastery of Bilintsi located in the vicinity of town of Breznik

Andrzej Kompa Martyrium of Sts. Karpos and Papylos, its frescoes and their identification




Dr. Krzysztof Jagusiak

Dr. Karolina Krzeszewska

Dr. Zofia Rzeźnicka

Dr. Jan Mikołaj Wolski

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Book of Abstracts [PDF]






11.50 Conference opening

12.00 Mariyana Tsibranska–Kostova

The Slavic South and Byzantium: Prochiron and its Slavic Translation in the 13th Century – Traditions, Functions, Statehood




Panel: Bogomil religious culture; written, oral and landscape
organizer: Andrew P. Roach
moderator: David Zbíral

Maja Angelovska-Panova The Phenomena of Bogomilism in  Context of Hagiographic Literary Works
Bojana Radovanović Spreading the word: the role of the oral transmission and Biblical exegesis among the Bogomils
Andrew P. Roach Bogomils in context: Religious Culture in the tenth century Bulgarian empire
Jan Mikołaj Wolski Letter of Patriarch Teophilact Lekapenos and heresies in Bulgaria



Panel: Diaetetics as medicine for body and soul: dietary qualities in byzantine medicine
organizer: Isabel Grimm-Stadelmann
moderator: Günter Prinzing

Isabel Grimm-Stadelmann A Byzantine Burnout-Therapy
Danilo Valentino Cooking Plants for Healing Diseases. Vegetable Decoctions from the Anthologium Iatrosophicum in MS. Panorm. XIII C 3
Elias Valiakos Dosage of drugs and diet for treatments in Nikolaos Myrepsos’ Dynameron
Frederick Lauritzen Kekaumenos and Absinthe


15.00   Lunch break




Panel: Infidels, heresies and heresiology in the Byzantine World
moderator: Maja Angelovska-Panova

Dženan Dautović The krstjani from Bosnia in antiheretical treatises from Western Europe: knowledge based on experience or from projection? (the paper was not presented)
David Zbíral From History to Identity Narrative and Back: Discussing the Beginnings of the Cathars (12th-13th Century)
Piotr Czarnecki If not Bogomilism than what? The origins of Catharism in the light of the sources
Vladislav Atanassov Тhe Eucharistic Controversy between the Official Church and the Early Representatives of Bogomilism and Catharism



Panel: Food and medicine in Byzantium
moderator: Maciej Kokoszko

Laurence Totelin Intimate cosmetic care in Byzantine medical treatises
Sean Coughlin Recreating Democritus’ Party Tricks
Chiara Thumiger Πόθεν φρενῖτις? The popular reception of the disease phrenitis in Christian sources




Panel: Infidels, heresies and heresiology in the Byzantine World
moderator: Piotr Czarnecki

Chiara Di Serio Customs of the Brahmans and Other Barbarian Peoples in the Byzantine Chronicles
Martina Čechová Crimean Cherson and the “heretics”: what was the relationship between the locals and the exiles?
Yuri Stoyanov Christian Heretical Participation in the Rebellion of Börklüce Mustafa & Sheikh Bedreddin – Reappraising the Evidence (presented by Jan Mikołaj Wolski)
Julian Wood To Fight a Schism with a Sura: The Islamic Lexis of Christian Image-Debates in 9th-Century Syria



Panel: Food and medicine in Byzantium
moderator: Laurence Totelin

Giuseppe Squillace  Preliminary notes on the physician Krateuas (II-I Century BC). A New Collection of his Testimonies and Fragments
Maciej Kokoszko Anthimus on trutledoves, starlings and bustards
Zofia   Rzeźnicka „Lepores vero si novelli…”, i.e. about connections between medicine and culinary art in Anthimus’ De observatione ciborum
Nikos Tsivikis, Thanasis Sotiriou, Olga Karagiorgou, Ilias Anagnostakis On the vine road between Bithynia and the East: Production and Consumption of the Amorian wine in the Middle Byzantine period


16 April 




Panel: Infidels, heresies and heresiology in the Byzantine World
moderator: Andrew P. Roach

Petra Melichar Maria the nun Makaria and the last entry of the Synodikon of Orthodoxy
Paolo Angelini Περὶ αἱρετικῶν: heresies in the Syntagma of Blastares
Pavla Gkantzios Drápelová Prokopios on the Religion of the Slavs: A statistical approach
Johann Anton Zieme The De haeresibus et synodis of Germanos I of Constantinople as a source on early Byzantine heresies? Prospects of a critical edition and commentary



Panel: Food and medicine in Byzantium
moderator: Zofia Rzeźnicka

Veronika Kelbecheva The Language of Medicine used in Medicinae ex Holeribus et Pomis by Gargilius Martialis
Petkova Gergana, Ivanova Vanya Eponyms in Latin Medical Terminology Derived from a Toponym (Compared with their Bulgarian and English Equivalents)
Tatiana Popova Naming of Food and Drinks in the “Ladder” of John Climacus
Daniel Asade, Paola Druille The Syriac christianization of a medical Greek recipe: From Bárbaros Héra to the ‘Apostles´ Ointment’


15.00 Lunch break




Panel: Infidels, heresies and heresiology in the Byzantine World
moderator: Petra Melichar

Boris Stojkovski Saint Sava and Konstantin Mihailović: two Serbian medieval views on Islam
Ivelin Ivanov Crusading in Livonia and Romania (end of the 12th – beginning of the 13th century). An attempt at a comparative approach
Silvia Notarfonso Giulio Mancinelli, a Jesuit missionary between Dalmatia and Constantinople (1575-1586)



Panel: Food and medicine in Byzantium
moderator: Frederick Lauritzen

Maciej Gdaniec Coaches, athletes – relationships and selection for training according to Flavius Philostratos
Maciej Helbig The Byzantine garden – what to plant in the garden according to 12th book Geoponica by Cassianus Bassus
Lilia Isabel López Ferman  Galactology in Spanish medicine, 16th and 17th centuries
Ekaterina Dikova The Saint as Food, the Torture as Medicine: Some Aspects of Christopher of Mytilene’s Imagery in His Dodecasyllabic Calendar and Its Translations in South Slavonic




Panel: Food and medicine in Byzantium
moderator: Isabel Grimm-Stadelmann

Thomas Daiber Mens sana in corpore – Body and Soul in Vita Cyrilli
Adelina Angusheva-Tihanov, Margaret Dimitrova To Nourish and to Heal in Equal Measures: Food and Cooking Methods in the Healing Practices of Byzantine and Medieval Slavonic Cultures
John Wilkins ‘Whole Substance’ in Galen’s Simple Medicines
Ekaterina Todorova Mental Illnesses in the Middle Ages and their Reflection in the South Slavonic Hagiographic Literature
Irina Kuzidova-Karadzhinova Distribution of the Dietary Calendars among the Slavs in the Middle Ages


17 April 



9.00 Stephanie Roussou

Why textual criticism of obscure grammatical texts matters
(the beginning of the lecture was not recorded)



moderator: Ekaterina Dikova

Anissava Miltenova Once Again about the Multifold Slavonic Translations and Their Context: „On Prayer” by Evagrius of Pontus
Vladislav Knoll Written languages in Wallachia during the reign of Neagoe Basarab (1512-1521)
George Michailidis  Prostitution in the early and middle Byzantine period. Saints former prostitutes, holy fools and merciful monks
Margarita Papageorgiou An approach of the language of George of Nikomedia




moderator: Mitko Panov

Marcin Böhm Constantine X Doukas (1059-1067) versus Uzes – about the Nomads on boats on the Danube in 1065
Arkadiusz Filip Siwko commonwealth of interest in the Rus’ian-Byzantine treaty (944/5)
Francesco Dall’Aglio Between Rebellion and Statesmanship: Attempting a Biography of Ivanko, 1196/1200 (?)
Kirił Marinow Tărnovgrad viewed by the Others: Bulgarian capital city in the light of Byzantine sources


14.00 Lunch break




moderator: Francesco Dall’Aglio

Andrzej Kompa Was John Malalas the author of the 18th book of Chronography? – a few additional points
Nikolaos Kostourakis Literary Representations of Descent and Social Mobility: the Case of the Lakapenoi
Paweł Lachowicz The Title Hierarchy of the Last Komnenoi and the Angelos Dynasty – From Sebastohypertatos to Sebastokrator




moderator: Kirił Marinow

Grigorios Papagiannis, Maria Tziatzi-Papagianni, Vasileios-Alexandros Kollias, Anastasia Nikolaou The portrayal of the Empire’s ruler in the novels of Leo VI the Wise
Mitko B. Panov Ideology behind the Naming: On the origin of Basil II’s appellation ‘Scythicus’ (the end of the presentation was not recorded)
Teresa Wolińska The Use of the Title of Basileus in Procopius’ Writings and Basileia of Arethas (the beginning of the presentation was not recorded)
Yanko Hristov, Dafina Kostadinova “Because to this day … the plain near the city called Anchialos housed the bones of the massacred…”: Chr. 72 of Patriarch Nikephoros’ Antirrheticus III as a historical source.




moderator: Teresa Wolińska

Raffaele D’Amato, Dmytro Dymydyuk The sword with the sleeve cross-guard in the fresco from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Aghtamar Island
Michael Selzer Byzantine Aesthetics and the Concept of Symmetry
Magdalena Garnczarska On the meaning of gold backgrounds in the mosaic panels of the Deesis in the Hagia Sophia and the donor portrait of Theodore Metochites in the church of the Chora monastery



Programme [PDF]

Book of Abstracts [PDF]



Dr. Krzysztof Jagusiak

Dr. Karolina Krzeszewska

Dr. Zofia Rzeźnicka

Dr. Jan Mikołaj Wolski

If you have any question, please contact us at

Second Colloquia Ceranea International Conference
24-26 April 2020, Łódź



Programme [pdf]

Book of abstracts [pdf]



The conference is targeted at scholars who study the history and culture of the Mediterranean (the Greco-Roman world, the Byzantine Empire, the Slavic world, the Balkans), the Middle East, and the Caucasus over the period from Antiquity to the Early Modern Times.



Four plenary lectures will be delivered. Our keynote speakers are:

Prof. Albrecht Berger (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Prof. Ivan Biliarsky (Българска Академия на Науките)

Prof. Philip van der Eijk (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Prof. Marcello Garzaniti (Università degli Studi di Firenze)


Papers should be presented in English. Other languages are acceptable too, provided that the speaker prepares an English handout (or multimedia presentation) outlining the main points of the talk.

Provided they meet the applicable requirements, the papers from the conference will be published in article format in the yearly Studia Ceranea, a journal indexed in Web of Science Core Collection (Emerging Sources Citation Index), EBSCOhost, and a number of other databases.



Due to the spread of SARS-COV-2 the conference is organised on the web.

First Colloquia Ceranea International Conference
11-13 April 2019, Łódź




11 April

Plenary lectures:

Prof. Béatrice Caseau, Sorbonne University (Paris IV)

Food and monasticism in Byzantium


Prof. Anna-Maria Totomanova, University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”

The Glagolitic Script and the So Called Trilinguist Heresy


12 April

Plenary lecture:

Prof. Anna Kotłowska, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

Jan Sajdak’s Byzantine Studies


13 April

Guided tour around Łódź




Biedermann Palace:

ul. Franciszkańska 1/5, Łódź


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