“Writing Empire: Rome and Byzantium”
Today’s Lecture: Writing a Mobile Empire
The Department of Classics, with support from the Department of Theology, the Medieval Institute, and a Henkels grant from the Institute for the Study of Liberal Arts, is sponsoring a year-long colloquium in memory of Sabine MacCormack (1941-2012), the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh Professor of Arts and Letters, whose far-ranging scholarly interests encompassed both Late Antiquity and colonial Latin America.
Throughout the year, both ND faculty and off-campus scholars will come together periodically for lectures, graduate seminars, and discussion.
Prof. Margaret Mullett, OBE, Director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, will offer a public lecture on September 24 as part of the series. Currently, Prof. Mullett is working on performance, dream, court culture and ceremony, muses, and monasteries. She is the editor of Dumbarton Oaks Papers. She has written on literacy, patronage, genre, gender, and friendship in Byzantine society and has edited a book on the classical tradition, Alexios I Komnenos (with Dion Smythe); and two on eleventh- and twelfth-century monasticism, The Theotokos Evergetis and Eleventh-century Monasticism, and Work and Worship at the Theotokos Evergetis (with Anthony Kirby). Her Theophylact of Ochrid: Reading the Letters of a Byzantine Archbishop appeared in 1997 in the Birmingham Byzantine series published by Variorum.
A reception will follow the presentation.