13 January 2015 Start
13 January 2015 End
7.00 p.m. Time
Greece ASCSA, Cotsen Hall, 9 Anapiron Polemou, 106 76 Athens

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Magic, from Byzantium to Europe

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Alexandros Alexakis will introduce the topic “Ιστορίες Μαγείας από το Βυζάντιο στην Ευρώπη.”

Alexander Alexakis (D. Phil) is Professor of Byzantine Literature at the University of Ioannina (Greece). He studied Law at the University of Athens and Classics at the University of Crete. He completed his D.Phil thesis at the Department of Medieval Languages and Literature of the University of Oxford under the supervision of Prof. Cyril Mango and was proclaimed Doctor of Philosophy in March 1992 (Dissertation title: Codex Parisinus Graecus 1115 and ItsIconophile Florilegium). From 1991 until 1994 he worked as a Research Associate for the Dumbarton Oaks Hagiography Database. In 1994 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Orthodox Christianity at the Department of Religion of Columbia University in New York (USA) and as an Associate Faculty member taught Byzantine studies at the Department of Classics as well. He left Columbia in 2000 to become an Associate Professor of Hellenic Language and Literature at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Four years later he was appointed to the position of Associate Professor of Byzantine Literature which he holds to the day at the University of Ioannina. In 1994 he was awarded the Giovanni Domenico Mansi Prize for the contribution of his work to the understanding of the history of Church Councils. He is a member of the Senior Common Room of Brasenose College, Oxford and of the editorial board of a German and an American scholarly series.
Research Interests: Byzantine Literature and especially that of the Iconoclast period, Byzantine Hagiography 8th-10th c., Paleography, Critical editions of Byzantine texts, History of Church Councils, Ecclesiastical relations between Rome and Byzantium, Computers and Humanities.
Publications (Selective):
1) Αγαθίου Μυριναίου, Ιστοριών Βιβλία Ε΄, (Εισαγωγή, Μετάφραση και Σχόλια), (Αθήνα,
Εκδόσεις Κανάκη, 2008).
2) Γάμοι, Κηδείες και Αυτοκρατορικές Μεταμέλειες: Ο Βίος του Πατριάρχη Ευθυμίου. (Εισαγωγή,
Μετάφραση και Σχόλια), (Αθήνα, Εκδόσεις Κανάκη, 2006).
3) Codex Parisinus Graecus 1115 and Its Archetype. Dumbarton Oaks Studies 34, (Washington
DC, 1996).
4) “Two Verses of Ovid Liberally Translated by Agathias of Myrina (Metamorphoses 8.877-878
and Historiae 2.3.7),” Byzantinische Zeitschrift 101.2 (2008), p. 1-8.
5) “Μορφολογικές παρατηρήσεις στήν Εὐχὴ Μυστική, δι’ ἧς ἐπικαλεῖται τὸ Πνεῦμα
τὸ ἅγιον ὁ αὐτὸ προορῶν τοῦ Συμεὼν τοῦ Νέου Θεολόγου,” in A. Μαρκόπουλος (εκδ.)
Η Ποίηση του Συμεών του Νέου Θεολόγου (Αθήνα, Εκδ. Kανάκη, 2008), p. 1-24.
6) “Was there Life beyond the Life Beyond? Byzantine Ideas on Reincarnation and the Final
Restoration,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 58 (2001), p. 155-177.
7) “The Greek Patristic Testimonia Presented at the Council of Florence (1439) in Support of the
Filioque Reconsidered,” Revue des Etudes Byzantines 58 (2000), p. 149-165.
8) “The Dialogue between the Monk and Recluse Moschos and a Sabbatian: An Early
‘Iconophile’ Text,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 52 (1998), p. 187-224.

The lecture will be in Greek.