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Conference: Unlocking the Potential of Texts

Unlocking the Potential of Texts: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Medieval Greek 

18-19 July 2006, CRASSH, Cambridge

The conference brought together experts in the various disciplines that use source materials written in vernacular Greek in the late medieval and early modern periods. Our aim is to establish an interdisciplinary dialogue on methodological issues relating to the use and editing of such texts, whose subject matter may be historical, legal, religious, literary, etc. The conference contributed directly to our research project, which is producing a Grammar of medieval Greek (ca. 1100-1700). Copies of the papers given at the conference can be found below.

Speakers included:


Where available, click on the link to download a PDF of the papers given at the conference. The copyright of all papers is held by their authors. If you wish to quote from them please refer to them with their URL and the date you last accessed them.

Session 1

Notarial acts as sources for social and cultural history: the Greek world under Venetian rule 
Professor Aglaia Kasdagli

Monastic documents in vernacular Greek
Dr Kritonas Chrysochoidis

Session 2

How should we define vernacular Literature? 
Professor Martin Hinterberger

L'infiltration du grec populaire dans les compilations juridiques: la Synopsis minor (fin du XIIIe s.) et sa Paraphrase par Théodose Zygomalas (fin du XVIe s.)
Professor Stavros Perentidis

Aspects and uses of Medieval Greek inscriptions
Professor Georgios Velenis

Session 3

Editions of literary and non-literary texts: some comparisons 
Professor David Holton

Historical grammars of German
Dr Nils Langer

The evidence of manuscripts in Hebrew characters
Professor Nicholas de Lange

Session 4

Co-operation and friendship among Byzantine scholars in the circle of Manuel II Palaeologus, as reflected in their autograph manuscripts 
Dr Charalambos Dendrinos

The anarchic spelling of manuscripts with texts in vernacular Greek (in Greek)
Dr Agamemnon Tselikas


The conference has been organized with sponsorship from CRASSH and the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, and the Ministry of Culture, Greece.

The original webpage of the conference can be found here.