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).

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Albert Failler (1937-2024)

L’Institut français d’études byzantines a la tristesse de vous annoncer que le Père Albert Failler, né le 29 avril 1937, religieux assomptionniste, ancien directeur de l’Institut français d’études byzantines, ancien directeur de la Revue des études byzantines, nous a quittés le 16 mai 2024 à l’âge de 87 ans.  Ses funérailles auront lieu le mercredi 22 …

Crow Week! Celebrating Professor Jim Crow

Edinburgh’s Centre for Late Antique, Islamic & Byzantine Studies (CLAIBS) is delighted to announce Crow Week! On Monday 13 May 2024, CLAIBS is honoured to host, in hybrid format, this year’s joint lecture of the Austrian (OEBG) and British (SPBS) societies for Byzantine Studies, delivered by CLAIBS’s own Jim Crow with Galina Fingarova (University of Vienna) as respondent.  The lecture is entitled ‘Peeping …

SPBS-OEBG Joint Lecture 2024 – Hybrid Event!

Peeping under the palimpsest: reclaiming the urban topography of Byzantine Constantinople Prof. Jim Crow (University of Edinburgh) Respondent: Dr Galina Fingarova (Universität Wien) Event Details: In person May 13th 2024 at 5:30PM Location: Meadows Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG The subject of this talk is the sub-surface archaeology of Constantinople. A recent publication on late …