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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 522: Re-Evaluating the 11th Century, I: Intellectual Networks and Cultural Entanglements through Byzantine Textual Production

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:RELEVEN (Re-Evaluating the 11th Century), Universität Wien
Organiser:Aleksandar Anđelović, Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien
Moderator/Chair:Lewis Read, School of History, University of St Andrews
Paper 522-a(Neo)Platonism between Intellectual, Monk, and Patriarch: Plato and Neoplatonic Sources in Michael Psellos' Letters to and Funeral Oration on Ioannes Xiphilinos
(Language: English)
Aleksandar Anđelović, Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Education, Language and Literature - Greek, Religious Life
Paper 522-bThe Concept of Arts and Science in Eustratius' Commentary on Aristotle's Posterior Analytics II 19: Reappraisal
(Language: English)
Dunja Milenković, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest/Wien
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Education, Language and Literature - Greek, Philosophy
Paper 522-cTales about Faithful Friends: Some Aspects of the Byzantine Reception of the Kalila wa-Dimna
(Language: English)
Alessandra Guido, Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Antichità, Università degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza'
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek

Re-Evaluating the 11th Century (RELEVEN) explores networks, interactions, and connections between people and ideas across cultures and polities in the 11th-century Eastern Christian world. One of the main research strands of the project is to trace intellectual trends and dynamics through textual production. While textual culture is largely associated with the elite, it also includes, for instance, landowners' registers, documents written within monastic institutions, translations, and letter-exchanges. These texts not only represent important sources for the study of the people mentioned in them, but they are also intellectual and material carriers of ideas that point to their geographical dissemination and to cultural entanglements of the period. The three papers in this session will present and discuss texts that reflect their production, reception of ideas, mobility, and intellectual dynamics both within Byzantium and in relation to its neighbors in the 11th century.