Welcome

The Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies (SPBS) was established in 1983, with the object of furthering study and knowledge of the history and culture, language and literature of the Byzantine Empire and its neighbours.

Its scope is wide, covering history, archaeology, art history, philology, theology and literary studies, and embraces all the language areas formerly within the Byzantine Empire – Syriac, Armenian, Arabic and Slavic, as well as Greek and Latin.

The Society’s world-wide membership is drawn from the interested public as well as practising academics: no professional qualifications are required. The executive of the SPBS also serves as the UK National Committee of the Association Internationale des Études Byzantines (AIEB).

Latest News

Lecture: ‘Early Rus’ Jewry: Byzantine Connections

14 October 2020, 17:00 BST Join Cambridge Ukrainian Studies and the Byzantine Worlds Seminar for the 5th Annual Medieval and Early Modern Slavonic Studies Lecture at the University of Cambridge. The open lecture-webinar on the topic of ‘Early Rus’ Jewry: Byzantine Connections’ will be delivered by Alexander Kulik, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department …

Conference: Catastrophes and Memory (500-1500 CE)

4th Annual Edinburgh International Graduate Late Antique, Islamic And Byzantine Conference (Online) 19-21 November 2020 This conference will be held online by the Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Society of the University of Edinburgh on November 19-21, 2020. The conference focuses on disasters (natural, manmade or “supernatural”) that shape historical memory and our understanding of …

Location of the International Congress of Byzantine Studies 2022

News from the AIEB: The deadline for submission of votes from national committees to decide on the new location of the postponed Congress of 2021 (originally in Istanbul) has now passed, and the final results are as follows: In favour of Cyprus (Nicosia and other locations): 14 votes In favour of Italy (Venice and Padua): …