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

Exhibition: ‘A Piece of Nature’ Arts & Crafts Perceptions of Nature and the Byzantine Monument

https://nature.bsa.ac.uk/ The relationship between nature and architecture was particularly emphasized by the Arts & Crafts members as an expression of man’s inner-relationship with his natural surroundings. Historical architecture, in particular, had a central role in this interaction between man and the physical world. Medieval architecture, primarily the Gothic cathedral, was admired for its natural forms …

Seminar Series: Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar

Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar – Summer 2021 Mondays 12.30-14.00 BST, via Zoom To register, please contact the organiser at james.cogbill@worc.ox.ac.uk Monday 26th April Katherine Krauss (Somerville College, Oxford), Rereading the ‘Canon’ in Latin Late Antiquity: Exemplarity and Allusion in Macrobius’ Saturnalia Monday 3rd May Alessandro Carabia (University of Birmingham), Defining the ‘Byzantine Variable’ in Early …

Seminar Series: Byzantium and the Silk Roads

Byzantium at Ankara is happy to announce its new and exciting April Mini-Seminar Series entitled: “Byzantium and the Silk Roads” which includes Irene Giviashvili, Qiang Li, and Aniket Chettry as speakers. We will start our scholarly trip on Friday 9 April (17.00 o’clock, Istanbul time) with Irene Giviashvili who will be talking about the “Intercultural …