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Everyday and Social Life in Byzantium

Coordinator : Ilias Anagnostakis
Team Members: Maria Leontsini, Gerasimos Merianos, Niki Tsironis
External Research Associates: Christine Angelidi (research director emerita), G.T. Calofonos
Post-Doctoral Researcher: Efi Ragia


The Programme aims to explore aspects of Byzantine everyday life, their relation to material culture and their formalisation into coherent systems of representation. Research activity includes analysis and interpretation of Byzantine perceptions and intellectual attitudes, and the response expressed by literature and art to the demands of collective or individualised audiences. Therefore, research relies on a variety of sources: texts and works of art, objects and other remains of material culture. For achieving its objectives the Programme established an important network of collaborations with academics and independent researchers in Greece and abroad. Furthermore, the team's activities include the organisation of workshops and conferences; the members of the research team actively participate in various research projects in Greece and abroad, and in advisory boards set by cultural foundations and associations.

Currently the Programme covers two thematic orientations:
1. ''Technology and Management of Olive Oil and Wine'' and “Byzantine diet and Gastronomy”. This orientation focuses on (a) the development of technology for producing and storing wine, olive oil, honey and milk, and (b) the impact of the products' cultivation, production and trade in the economy of Byzantium and Eastern Mediterranean during the Middle Ages.
2. ''Perceptions, Attitudes and Modes of Expression''. This orientation focuses on (a) stability, change and renewal of the social and moral regulations that regard the body, the senses and the emotions, and their gender implications, and (b) the passage from collective to individual attitudes. Byzantine views on economic phenomena, and the investigation of the imaginary world of the Byzantines are important components of the project.
The direction also includes the preparation and publication on the web of the digitised database ''Dreaming in Byzantium'', which aims at providing a tool for the study of the function and use of dreaming in Byzantium by recording dream reports from a variety of sources.

 

History

The Programme was established in 2000 and has established an important network of collaborations with academics and independent researchers in Greece and abroad, inviting scholars for Seminar lectures and organizing international Symposia: 2000: ''The Awaking of the Senses and of Personal Choices'' (Athens, IBR/NHRF, 24-25 November). 2005: ''The Book in Byzantium: Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Bookbinding'' (in collaboration with the IBR Programme ''Archival, Palaeographical and Diplomatic Research''; Athens, 13-16 November). 2006: ''Monemvasian Wine - Monovas(i)a - Malvasia'' (in collaboration with the IBR Programme ''Historical Geography of the Greek Region''; Athens, IBR/NHRF, 19-20 May). 2008: ''Dreams and Visions in Late Antiquity and Byzantium'' (Athens, IBR/NHRF, 23-24 May). 2008: ''Animals and Environment in Byzantium (7th-12th centuries)'' (Athens, IBR/NHRF, 6-7 June).

 

Ongoing Projects

  • Preparation and publication on the web of the digitised database ''Dreaming in Byzantium''.
  •  Preparation and publication of the History of the Οlive Τree and Οlive Οil (Cultural Foundation of Piraeus Bank Group, PIOP).
  • Collaboration with MenSALe (Mense Storiche ed Artistiche Lucane). Storie e rappresentazioni della cultura dell’alimentazione regionale”, Istituto per i Beni Archeologici e Monumentali del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Basilicata, Italy.
  • Participation in the research programme "Thales", titled: Digital Archive concerning Alchemy in Byzantium and in Greek-speaking Communities of the Ottoman Empire [DACALBO], NHRF.
  • Research program “KREPIS”.
  • Research program "Electronic Database on the Social History of Byzantium from the 7th to the 12th Centuries: Sources, Problems and Approaches".

 

Publications (only IBR/NHRF)

Ch. Angelidi (ed.), Alexander Kazhdan, A History of Byzantine Literature. 850-1000, [IBR/NHRF], Athens 2006.

I. Anagnostakis (ed.), Monemvasian Wine - Monovas(i)a - Malvasia, Proceedings of the International Symposium, [NHRF/IBR, International Symposia 17 - Οίνον Ιστορώ V], Athens 2008.

I. Anagnostakis, Wine Culture in Byzantium. The Bithynian Example, [IBR/NHRF], Athens 2008 (in Greek).

I. Anagnostakis et al. (ed.), AnimalsandEnvironmentinByzantium 7th- 12thc., Proceedings of the International Symposium, NHRF/IBR, International Symposium 21, Athens 2011.

M. Leontsini, ConstantineIV (668-685). The Last Emperor of the Early Byzantine Period [IBR/NHRF, Monographs 7], Athens 2006 (in Greek).

G. Merianos, Economic Ideas in the 12th Century Byzantium. The Views of Eustathios of Thessaloniki on Economy [IBR / NHRF, Monographs 13], Athens 2008 (in Greek).

N. Tsironi et al. (ed.), The Book in Byzantium: Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Bookbinding' [IBR / NHRF], Athens 2008.
 


Collaborations

Istituto per i Beni Archeologici e Monumentali del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Basilicata, Italy, MenSALe (Mense Storiche ed Artistiche Lucane). Storie e rappresentazioni della cultura dell’alimentazione regionale”.

Cultural Foundation of Piraeus Bank Group, PIOP.

Programme ANR POMEDOR, Pralim (Pratiques alimentaires, approches diachroniques en Méditerranée), MSH Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, Lyon, France.

Université François Rabelais Tours και Institut Européen d’Histoire et des Cultures de l’Alimentation.

 
Databases

  • Database ''Dreaming in Byzantium''. The trial version of the database is accessible through the address: http://dib.eie.gr
  • Research Project: Glossary of Wine Treading and Pressing. A trial version is accessible (Sample).
  • "Electronic Database on the Social History of Byzantium from the 7th to the 12th Centuries: Sources, Problems and Approaches" funded by the European Social Fund, Hellenic Ministry for Education and Religion Action "Support of Postdoctoral Researchers".


 

 

 

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