IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1308: Medieval Book Epigrams: Colophons through the Ages

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams, Universiteit Gent
Organiser:Julie Boeten, Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO), Vlaanderen / Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte, Universiteit Gent
Moderator/Chair:Kristoffel Demoen, Afdeling Latijn en Grieks, Universiteit Gent
Paper 1308-aThe Adventures of a Greek Book Epigram
(Language: English)
Georgi Parpulov, Independent Scholar, Plovdiv
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1308-bWriting History from Colophon Formulae
(Language: English)
Emmanuel Van Elverdinghe, Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS) / Institut des Civilisations, Arts et Lettres, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Comparative, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1308-cThe Ὥσπερ ξένοι Colophon and Its Metrical Variances: A Window to the Scribe's Mind?
(Language: English)
Julie Boeten, Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO), Vlaanderen / Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

This session will investigate medieval book epigrams through time, with special focus on colophons. Lauxtermann defined book epigrams as ‘poems that are intimately related to the production of literary texts and manuscripts’ (Byzantine Poetry from Pisides to Geometres, 2003 Vienna, 197) and subdivided them into three categories. Of these three, colophons are especially interesting for researchers, as they often give us a direct glimpse into the mind of the scribe and the historical context of the poem. Our session will provide insight into several colophon verses from the 6th to the 15th century, across the boundaries of culture and language.