5TH EDITION, 11-13 MAY 2023

Colloquia Ceranea V



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

& online

To join in MS Teams, use the links below:

Room 103 (for all plenary lectures and panels on history of food and medicine & other, see programme below)

Room 204 (for panels on Byzantium in times of turmoil & other, see the programme below)



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 colloquia.ceranea@uni.lodz.pl.

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

If you have any question, please contact us at colloquia.ceranea@uni.lodz.pl.


To access the recording of the paper click on its title or the name of the speaker. If you are interested in the discussion, scroll through the recording to the end of the panel.


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 colloquia.ceranea@uni.lodz.pl.

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