Events Archive

Spring Lecture 2017

Autumn Lecture 2016

Professor Jim Crow (University of Edinburgh)

Not Just Cheese and Potatoes: Recent Research on Naxos and the Byzantine Aegean

Wednesday 23 November 2016, 5pm

The Ioannou Centre

61 St Giles


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Summer Lecture 2016

Professor Liz James


Material Faith: the mosaic of the Archangel Gabriel in the Hagia Sophia, Constantinople, and the angels of the Panaghia Angeloktistos, Kiti, Cyprus


Lecture supported by the SPBS and the Hellenic Centre

Tuesday 7 June 2016, 7.15pm

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington St., London W1U 5AS

Free entry for SPBS members but please confirm attendance to Hellenic Centre.

See the poster for full details.

Spring Leture 2016

  • SPBS Autumn Lecture 2015: 'Byzantium’s First Encounter with the Turks' by Dr James Howard-Johnston, 5 November 2015. (Note: an audio recording of the full lecture is available online.)
  • SPBS Summer Lecture 2015 'The emperor and the cardinals: dialogue in twelfth century Constantinople' by Professor Dame Averil Cameron, 22 June 2015
  • SPBS Spring Lecture 2015 'Hell is Other People: Sins, transgressions and their depiction on late medieval Crete and Cyprus' by Dr Dionysios Stathakopoulos, 17 March 2015
  • SPBS Study Day at the British Museum, 31 October 2014

Summer Lecture 2014

Professor Jonathan Harris

A lost church of Byzantine Constantinople: The Perivleptos

An illustrated lecture, supported by the SPBS and the Hellenic Centre

Monday 9 June 2014, 7.00pm

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington St., London W1U 5AS

Free entry for SPBS members but please confirm attendance to Hellenic Centre.

See the flyer for full details.

Special SPBS Art Handling Session

In conjunction with the British Museum

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

The British Museum, London

For further details of this event, download the flyer.

The 47th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies
The Emperor in the Byzantine World

Cardiff University, 25-27 April, 2014

In Byzantine Studies it is a strange fact that there exists no equivalent to Fergus Millar’s The Emperor in the Roman World, despite the centrality of the ruler in the Byzantine world. This oddity is compounded by the recent publication of a plethora of books devoted to Byzantine empresses. This Symposium (the first Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies to be held in Wales) seeks to address this oddity, placing the Byzantine emperor centre stage as both ruler and man. The Symposium will consist of five main sessions, of three papers each, addressing the following themes: Dynasty; Imperial Literature; The Imperial Court; Imperial Duties; and The Material Emperor. In addition there will be a series of communications, as well as a public lecture on Byzantium and Wales.

Call for Communications

Academics, research students, and other members of the scholarly community are invited to offer communications (short ten-minute papers). Abstracts (of no more than 250 words) of proposed communications should be sent to TougherSF(at) by 13 January 2014 at the latest.


Delegates are offered early registration at the following rates:

  • Full: £85
  • Members of the SPBS: £75
  • Students/Unwaged: £40
  • After 1 April, 2014, rates rise to £95, £85, and £45 respectively
  • The fees for one-day participation are £40 (full fee), £35 (Members of the SPBS), and £25 (Students/Unwaged)
  • After 1 April, 2014, the fees for one-day participation are £45, £40, and £25 respectively

The fees cover buffet lunches, refreshments, and a reception

There will a conference dinner on the Saturday night in Aberdare Hall, to be paid for separately

Booking and Paying

Please download and complete the registration form, then return as instructed on the form.


A wide range of accommodation is available in Cardiff. The closest hotels to the main conference venues (Cardiff University’s John Percival Building and Julian Hodge Building) are the Park Plaza (Greyfriar’s Road), the Thistle (Park Place) and the Hilton (Kingsway). A budget option is the Ibis Budget Hotel (Tyndall Street), though it is further away from the venues. There are many B&Bs on Cathedral Road, a walk across Bute Park from the conference locations. Further guidance for delegates will be provided.


Dr Shaun Tougher



Speaker & Topics 

Dynasty: Imperial Families

Mark Humphries (Swansea University): Family, Dynasty, and the Construction of Legitimacy: The Roman Background

Mike Humphreys (University of Cambridge): The Heraclians: Family or Dynasty?

Mark Masterson (Victoria University of Wellington): Symeon's Suggestive Evidence? Revisiting the Celibacy of Basil II

Imperial Literature: The Emperor as Subject and Author

John Vanderspoel (University of Calgary): Imperial Panegyric as Hortatory (?or Deliberative?) Oratory

Prerona Prasad (University of Oxford): Splendour, Vigour, and Legitimacy: The Prefaces of the De Cerimoniis and Byzantine Imperial Theocracy

Savvas Kyriakidis (University of Johannesburg): The Emperor in Historiography – The History of John Kantakouzenos

The Imperial Court: The Emperor’s Men

Meaghan McEvoy (Goethe University, Frankfurt): Dangerous Liaisons: Military and Civilian Advisors at the East Roman Court from Theodosius II to Leo I

Jonathan Shepard (Oxford): The Emperor's 'Significant Others'

Jonathan Harris (Royal Holloway, University of London): Who was who at the Court of Constantine XI (1449-1453)

Imperial Duties: The Emperor as Ruler

Bernard Stolte (University of Groningen): 'Law is King of All Things?' The Emperor and the Law

Michael Grünbart (University of Münster): The Emperor and the Patriarch

Frank Trombley (Cardiff University): The Emperor as Military Administrator and War Leader

The Material Emperor: Imperial Images and Spaces

Alicia Walker (Bryn Mawr College): Imperial Image and Imperial Presence at Hagia Sophia

Eurydice Georganteli (University of Birmingham): The Omnipresent Emperor: Money and Authority in the Byzantine World

Lynn Jones (Florida State University): Taking it on the Road: The Palace on the Move

Public Lecture

Mark Redknap (National Museum Cardiff): Byzantium and Wales


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Public Lecture for the 47th Spring Symposium

Dr Mark Redknap

Wales and Byzantium: Antiquity, Connections and Collections

Friday 25 April 2014

National Museum Wales, Cardiff

For full details, see the flyer.

Joint Lecture with the Friends of the British School at Athens, London 2014

Dr Tony Eastmond

The Heavenly Court in Byzantium and the great ivory triptychs

Tuesday 18 March, 2014 at 6pm

Room G22/26 Senate House, Malet Street, London

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Autumn Lecture, Birmingham 2013

Chryssa Maltezou
Venice of the Greeks: The History of Hellenism in the City of St Mark

Thursday 3 October, 5pm

Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

For further information, download a flyer here.

Reception at the Barber Institute