Ancient Historiography in Byzantium

Monday, May 6, 2019

All workshop sessions will be held in Room 212 at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, 432 East Campus Mall.

Background readings and materials for the sessions are available to participants via a shared folder. For access, please send an email to


  • 8:30-10:00: The Life of Basil by Theophanes Continuatus
  • 10:00-10:15: Break
  • 10:15-11:45: Leo the Deacon
  • 11:45-1:15: Lunch and Discussion at Memorial Union
  • 1:15-2:45: The History of Nikephoros Bryennios
  • 2:45-3:00: Break
  • 3:00-4:00: Planning the next steps

Group dinner to be scheduled in the evening

General Background Reading

  • Humble, Noreen. 2013. “Imitation as Commentary? Plutarch and Byzantine Historiography in the 10th Century.” In G. Pace and P. Volpe Cacciatore (eds.), Gli Scritti di Plutarco: Tradizione, Traduzione, Ricezione, Commento. Naples: M. D’Auria: 219-25.
  • Kaldellis, Anthony. 2016. “The Manufacture of History in the Later Tenth and Eleventh Centuries: Rhetorical Templates and Narrative Ontologies.” In Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies (Belgrade, 22–27 August 2016): Plenary Papers. Belgrade: Institute of Byzantine Studies: 293-306.
  • Neville, Leonora. 2018. Guide to Byzantine Historical Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pade, Marianne. 2007. “The reception of Plutarch in the Roman Empire and in Greek literature down to the thirteenth century.”  In The Reception of Plutarch’s Lives in Fifteenth-Century Italy. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press: 37-59.