About

DBBE is hosted by Ghent University, Department of Literary Studies, Greek Section.

Funding

Funding has been provided by

The Hercules Foundation of the Flemish Government (2010-2015)

Hercules

Research project "Book Epigrams from Medieval Greek Manuscripts. Compilation of an Unexplored Corpus and Creation of a Searchable Database".

Promoters: Kristoffel Demoen, Gunnar De Boel, Marc De Groote, Koen De Temmerman, Mark Janse.

 

The Special Research Fund of Ghent University (2015-2020)

Universiteit Gent

Research project "Poetry from the Margins.Literary, linguistic, philological and cultural-historical analysis of a new corpus of Byzantine book epigrams (800-1453)".

Promoters: Kristoffel Demoen, Marc De Groote, Mark Janse. Co-promoters: Floris Bernard, Klaas Bentein, Koen De Temmerman, Tjamke Snijders, Peter Van Nuffelen.

 

Team

Director

Kristoffel Demoen

Coordinator

Content manager

IT

  • Pieterjan De Potter (2017-
  • Joachim Nielandt (2017)
  • Mace Ojala (2015)
  • Jeroen Schepens (2010-

PhD students

Affiliated PhD students

Collaborators

  • Anne-Sophie Rouckhout (2018-

Visiting scholars

Student internships

  • Florine De Keyser (2019)
  • Anne-Sophie Rouckhout (2016, 2017 and 2018)
  • Lotte Van Olmen (2016)
  • Lisa-Lou Péchillon (2016)
  • Sarah-Helena Van den Brande (2016)
  • Sien De Groot (2015)
  • Hanne Lauwers (2013)
  • Paulien Lemay (2013)
  • Marjolein Morbé (2011)

Past collaborators

Partners

Publications

The following publications by members of the DBBE team focus on book epigrams. Some of them include editions of or commentaries on hitherto inaccessible texts.

  • K. Demoen, "An Aristophanean Epigram on the Psalter", in: C. Barber and F. Spingou (eds), Medieval Texts on Byzantine Arts and Aesthetics, vol. 3: From Alexios I Komnenos to the Rise of Hesychasm (1081-ca. 1330), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).
  • K. Demoen, "Book Epigrams", in: C. Barber and F. Spingou (eds), Medieval Texts on Byzantine Arts and Aesthetics, vol. 3: From Alexios I Komnenos to the Rise of Hesychasm (1081-ca. 1330), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).
  • K. Demoen, "Epigrams on the Evangelists in an illuminated Gospel Book", in: C. Barber and F. Spingou (eds), Medieval Texts on Byzantine Arts and Aesthetics, vol. 3: From Alexios I Komnenos to the Rise of Hesychasm (1081-ca. 1330), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).
  • M. Tomadaki, "Constantine Manasses, A Dedicatory Epigram to the Sebastokratorissa Eirene", in: C. Barber and F. Spingou (eds), Medieval Texts on Byzantine Arts and Aesthetics, vol. 3: From Alexios I Komnenos to the Rise of Hesychasm (1081-ca. 1330), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).
  • R. Ricceri and R. Meesters, "A metrical colophon on John Klimax’s Ladder of divine ascent", in: C. Barber and F. Spingou (eds), Medieval Texts on Byzantine Arts and Aesthetics, vol. 3: From Alexios I Komnenos to the Rise of Hesychasm (1081-ca. 1330), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).
  • R. Ricceri, "A laudatory epigram on Gregory of Nazianzos", in: C. Barber and F. Spingou (eds), Medieval Texts on Byzantine Arts and Aesthetics, vol. 3: From Alexios I Komnenos to the Rise of Hesychasm (1081-ca. 1330), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).
  • J. Boeten and S. De Groot, "The Byzantine Antiquarian: A Case Study of a Compiled Colophon" Byzantinische Zeitschrift (forthcoming).
  • R. Meesters and R. Ricceri, "A 12th century cycle of four poems on John Klimax: Editio princeps", in A. Rhoby and N. Zagklas (eds), Middle and Late Byzantine Poetry. Text and Context, Turnhout: Brepols (forthcoming).
  • R. Meesters, "A 12th century cycle of four poems on John Klimax: a Brief Analysis, in A. Rhoby and N. Zagklas (eds), Middle and Late Byzantine Poetry. Text and Context, Turnhout: Brepols (forthcoming).
  • R. Ricceri, "The Byzantine Reception of the Metaphrasis Psalmorum: Paratextuality and Visual Representation", in R. Ceulemans and B. Crostini (eds), Receptions of the Bible in Byzantium: Texts, Manuscripts, and their Readers, Uppsala: Studia Byzantina Upsaliensia (forthcoming).
  • F. Bernard and K. Demoen, "Book Epigrams", in: A. Rhoby, N. Zagklas and W. Hörandner (eds), Brill Companion to Byzantine Poetry (forthcoming).
  • K. Demoen, "Literary Epigrams on Authors, Texts and Books", in: C. Carey, M. Kanellou and I. Petrovic (eds), Greek Literary Epigram from the Hellenistic to the early Byzantine Era, Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
  • R. Meesters, "The visual Representation of the formulaic Colophon Verse τῷ συντελεστῇ τῶν καλῶν θεῷ χάρις", in: C. Brockmann, D. Harlfinger and S. Valente (eds), Griechisch-byzantinische Handschriftenforschung. Traditionen, Entwicklungen, neue Wege, Berlin (forthcoming).
  • M. Tomadaki, "An unpublished poem on Porphyry", Byzantinische Zeitschrift 111.3 (2018), pp. 777-792.
  • J. Boeten and M. Janse, "A Cognitive Analysis of Metrical Irregularities in the Ὥσπερ ξένοι Book Epigrams", Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 42.1 (2018), pp. 79-91.
  • J. Boeten and S. De Groot, "Book epigrams in Byzantine manuscripts", British Library Greek Manuscripts blog, 25 October 2017 (https://www.bl.uk/greek-manuscripts/articles/book-epigrams-in-byzantine-manuscripts).
  • K. Demoen and V. Somers, "Grégoire de Nazianze, le Fils du tonnerre. Encore quelques adscripta métriques dans les manuscrits grégoriens", in: V. Somers and P. Yannopoulos (eds), Philokappadox. In memoriam Justin Mossay (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta), Leuven: Peeters, 2016, pp. 199-221.
  • R. Meesters, R. Praet, F. Bernard and K. Demoen, "Makarios’ cycle on the Psalms, Bodleianus Baroccianus 194", Byzantinische Zeitschrift 109 (2016), pp. 837-860.
  • R. Meesters, "Byzantijnse boekepigrammen / metrische parateksten: terminologie en classificatie", Handelingen van de Koninklijke Zuid-Nederlandse Maatschappij voor Taal- en Letterkunde en Geschiedenis 69 (2016), pp. 169-184.
  • R. Meesters, "Ascending the Ladder: Editio Princeps of Four Poems on the Ladder of John Klimakos (Bodleian Baroccianus 141)", Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies Vol. 56, No. 3 (2016), pp. 556-571.
  • K. Demoen, "La poésie de la συλλογή. Les paratextes métriques des manuscrits byzantins et le (vocabulaire du) recueil", in: C. Gastgeber, C. Messis, D. Muresan & F. Ronconi (eds), Pour l'amour de Byzance: hommage à Paolo Odorico (Eastern and Central European Studies 3), Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2013, pp. 89-98.
  • K. Bentein and K. Demoen, "The Reader in Eleventh-century Book Epigrams", in: F. Bernard and K. Demoen (eds), Poetry and its Contexts in Eleventh-century Byzantium, Farnham: Ashgate, 2012, pp. 69-88.
  • F. Bernard and K. Demoen, "Byzantine book epigrams from manuscripts to a digital database", in: C. Clivaz, J. Meizoz, F. Vallotton and J. Verheyden (eds), From Ancient Manuscripts to the Digital Era: Readings and Literacies, Proceedings, Lausanne: Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes, 2012, pp. 431-440.
  • K. Bentein and F. Bernard, "A Cycle of Book Epigrams on the Four Evangelists", Scriptorium 65.2 (2011), pp. 237-249.
  • K. Bentein, F. Bernard, K. Demoen and M. De Groote, "New Testament Book Epigrams: Some New Evidence from the Eleventh Century", Byzantinische Zeitschrift 103 (2010), pp. 13-23.
  • K. Bentein, F. Bernard, K. Demoen, and M. De Groote, "Book Epigrams in Honor of the Church Fathers. Some Inedita from the Eleventh Century", Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 49 (2009), pp. 281-294.

Conference papers and presentations

We seek to disseminate our ideas and discuss them as widely as possible.

Events

  • Lecture (11 June 2018, Ghent)
    Sofia Belioti, The etymological wordplay in the epigrams of Gregory of Nazianzus
  • Lecture (14 May 2018, Ghent)
    Georgi Parpulov, Byzantine Scribes and their Paratexts​
  • Lecture (16 August 2017, Ghent)
    Anna Gialdini, Negotiating "Greekness" in Early Modern Italian Book Production
  • Session "Webs of Paratexts, Paratexts on the Web: Collecting and Editing Medieval Greek Paratexts" at the International Medieval Congress (5 July 2017, Leeds)
    Speakers: Barbara Crostini, Patrick Andrist, Sien De Groot.
    Chair: Kristoffel Demoen
  • Session "Medieval Book Epigrams: Colophons through the Ages" at the International Medieval Congress (5 July 2017, Leeds)
    Speakers: Georgi Parpulov, Emmanuel Van Elverdinghe, Julie Boeten.
    Chair: Kristoffel Demoen
  • Lecture (5 December 2016, Ghent)
    Krystina Kubina, The many ways of reading poetry in late Byzantium: Manuel Philes' laudatory poems.
  • Lecture (28 October 2016, Ghent)
    Andreas Rhoby, The Vienna Inscriptional Epigrams Project.
  • Workshop (6 February 2015, Ghent)
    Participants: Patrick Andrist, Theodora Antonopoulou, Elizabeth Jeffreys, Michael Jeffreys, Paolo Odorico, Emilie van Opstall, Inmaculada Pérez-Martin, Andreas Rhoby, Véronique Somers.

Acknowledgements

​We are much obliged to Ioannis Vassis for his help and support at different stages of our project as well as to Marina Detoraki, Marc Lauxtermann and Andreas Rhoby. We are very greateful to Georgi Parpulov for his constant input and the numerous additions he has pointed to. The Institut für Neutestamentliche Textforschung has granted our team members unrestricted access to their collection of digitized microfilms, allowing us for a much more accurate presentation of our occurrences. Also, we would like to thank all participants of the workshop mentioned above for their constructive feedback, which greatly improved our database. Finally, we are grateful to Elina Dobrynina, Nadezhda Kavrus-Hoffmann, Santo Lucà, Andrea Luzzi, Ilias Taxidis and Francesco Valerio for sharing with us (their) publications and other information relevant to DBBE.