5 September 2014 Start
6 September 2014 End
Greece University of Athens, Main Building, Amphitheatre


Byzantium and the West: Perception and Reality (12th-15th c.)

September 5-6, 2014

In the period from the twelfth to the fifteenth century the interaction between Byzantium and the Latin West was intimately connected to practically all the major events and developments which shaped the medieval world in the High and Late Middle Ages. The aim of the conference is to explore not only the actual avenues of interaction between the two sides (trade, political and diplomatic contacts, ecclesiastical dialogue, intellectual exchange, armed conflict), but also the image each side had of the other and the way perceptions evolved over this long period in the context of their manifold contact.

The event will be held under the auspices of the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Athens and with the support of the National Hellenic Research Foundation.

The organizing committee:

Dr. Nikolaos G. Chrissis, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of History & Archaeology, University of Athens

Dr. Angeliki Papageorgiou, Adjunct Lecturer, Dept. of Slavic Studies, University of Athens

Prof. Athina Kolia-Dermitzaki, Professor of Byzantine History, Dept. of History & Archaeology, University of Athens