Online lecture: Georgi Parpulov, A Typology of Metrical Paratexts (2021-06-22)

The last lecture in the online lecture series Speaking From the Margins. DBBE Online Lectures, Spring 2021 Series will be given by Georgi Parpulov (University of Birmingham).

Georgi Parpulov studied history at the University of Sofia and art history at the University of Chicago. His doctoral dissertation, subsequently revised as a book (2014), was a general study of Byzantine Psalters. Last month, he published Catena Manuscripts of the Greek New Testament (Piscataway: Gorgias) and Magnificent Icons in Bulgaria (Sofia: Methodius Books). (The word "magnificent" was added by the publisher.) His Middle-Byzantine Evangelist Portraits will be published by De Gruyter this winter or in 2022. He is now working on a History of Byzantine Illustrated Manuscripts.



My talk will propose a schematic classification of Greek metrical paratexts that will hopefully be questioned and discussed by other conference participants. First, I distinguish between those metrical paratexts which have a more or less precise (potential or actual) prose equivalent and those which are essentially poetic and thus irreducible to prose. Second, there are metrical paratexts which refer to a book or to its contents and author, and there are Bildepigramme which pertain to images and thus need not necessarily occur in manuscript form. Bildepigramme can be further subdivided into ‘interior’ (i.e. as if spoken by a person whom the image depicts) and ‘exterior’ (as if spoken by the image’s viewer). The above points will be purposely illustrated with examples which have not found a place in Prof. Rhoby’s recent corpus.

Practical information

Date & time: Tuesday 22 June 2021, 4:00pm (UTC+2, CET)

No registration required. The lecture is freely accessible via Zoom:

  • Meeting ID: 982 2539 9175
  • Passcode: 13JwUK8U