MIRACLES AND WONDERS IN ANTIQUITY AND BYZANTIUM

16-18 October 2014

University of Cyprus

Thursday, 16 October

9.00-9.30    Registration
9.30-10.00    Stavroula Constantinou (Nicosia) Introduction: 
Theorizing the Miraculous and the Wondrous

Miracles and Wonders as Signs (Semia)
10.00-11.30    Session 1: Experiencing the Miraculous and the Wondrous

Moderator: Martin Hinterberger (Nicosia)

Christine Hunzinger (Paris) Between Séma and Péma: Thauma in Archaic 
Greek Epic

Dimitra Kotoula (Greece) From Text to Practice: Miracle-Working in the 
Burial Shrine of the Byzantine Saint

Marta Tycner (Oxford) Solomon’s Throne of the Byzantine Emperors: 
Wonder, Miracle and Technology

11.30-12.00    Coffee Break

12.00-13.30    Session 2: Writing the Miraculous and the Wondrous

Moderator: Spyros Tzounakas (Nicosia)

Maria Gerolemou (Nicosia) The Author as Magician and His Book as Wonder 
to See

Margot Neger (Salzburg) Telling Tales of Wonder: Mirabilia in the 
Letters of Pliny the Younger

Markéta Kulhánková (Brno) Miraculous Chronotope in the Spiritually 
Beneficial Tales of Anastasios Sinaites

13.30-15.00    Lunch Break

15.00-16.30    Session 3: Plotting the Miraculous and the Wondrous

Moderator: Antonis Petridis (Nicosia)

Chrysanthi Demetriou (Nicosia) Mirum . . . sed dubium: Wonders in 
Plautus

Eliso Elizbarashvili (Tbilisi) Interpretation and Adaptation: Miracles 
in Byzantine and Georgian Narrations

Georgios Tsiaples (Thessaloniki) Virgin Mary and Saint Demetrius as 
Civic Patrons of Constantinople and Thessaloniki: A Comparative Study

16.30-17.00    Coffee Break

17.00-18.00    Public Lecture

Basileios, Bishop of Constantia
Miracles: From Creation to Eschatology

19.00-21.00    Dinner

Friday, 17 October

Miracles and Wonders as Science (Techne)

9.00-10.30    Session 4: Forming Genres via the Miraculous and the 
Wondrous

Moderator: Panagiotis Agapitos (Nicosia)

Andrew G. Nichols (Florida) The Indika of Ctesias and the Origins of 
Paradoxography

Lisa Irene Hau (Glasgow) One May Rightly Wonder…: The Marvelous in 
Polybius

Antonis Tsakmakis (Nicosia) Anecdotes, Miracles and the Formation of 
Greek Biography

10:30-11.00    Coffee Break

11.00-12.30    Session 5: Miraculous Healings

Moderator: Georgios Deligiannakis (Nicosia)

Clarisse Pretre (Paris) The Epidaurian Iamata: The First “Court of 
Miracles”?

Slawomir Poloczek (Warsaw) Medicine or Miracle? Some Problems of Flavius 
Philostratus with the “Resurrection”

Eunate Mirones Lozano (Salamanca) Rabbi Sepathiah in Megilaat Ahima’az: 
The Exorcism of the Daughter of Emperor Basil I by a Jew in Hebrew 
Sources

12.30-14.00    Lunch Break

14.00-15.30    Session 6: Wondrous Art and Nature

Moderator: Democritus Kaltsas (Nicosia)

Daniel Bertoni (Florida) Plants and Paradoxography

Charles Delattre (Paris) Paradoxographic Discourse on Sources and 
Fountains: Deconstructing Paradoxes

Irene Pajon Leyra (Madrid) Turning Science into Miracle in the Voyage of 
Alexander the Great

15.30-16.00    Coffee Break

16.00-17.00    Session 7: Spreading Miracles

Moderator: Michalis Olympios (Nicosia)

Robert Wisniewski (Warsaw) Spreading the Belief in Miracles Toward the 
West

Anna Rack-Teuteberg (Berlin) Cosmas and Damian: The Corpus Miraculorum 
Latinorum

19.00-21.00    Dinner

Saturday, 18 October

Miracles and Wonders as Truth (Aletheia)

9.00-10.30    Session 8: Placing the Miraculous and the Wondrous

Moderator: Maria Parani (Nicosia)

Lydia Langerwerf (Groningen) “Many are the Wonders to be Found in 
Greece”: Pausanias’ Periegesis in Between Romance and Irony

Oscar Prieto Dominguez (Salamanca) Ancient Marvel Literature in 
Byzantium: Its Place in the Literary Canon of Photius

Svetlana Smolčić Makuljević (Belgrade) Visualizing Miracle in the 
Medieval Balkans

10.30-11.00    Coffee Break

11.00-12.30    Session 9: Searching for the Miraculous and the Wondrous

Moderator: Eleni Kaklamanou (Nicosia)

Amalia Avramidou (Komotini) Miracles and Greek Vase Painting: Two Case 
Studies

Panagiotis Christias (Nicosia) Paul in Damascus: Greeks, Jews, 
Christians and the Semantics of Miracle

Jan Ciglenečki (Ljubljana) “It is a Marvel of Marvels” (Gospel of 
Thomas, Logion 29): Wonders, Miracles, and Marvels in the Nag Hammadi 
Library

12.30-14.00    Lunch Break

14.00-15.00    Session 10: Royalizing the Miraculous and the Wondrous

Moderator: Alexander Beihammer (Nicosia)

Sophia Papaioannou (Athens) Rationalizing History Through Wonders: The 
Interpretative Politics of Approaching Miraculous Narratives in Roman 
Historiography

Jesús Hernandez Lobato (Salamanca) Pagan Miracles in Praise of Christian 
Emperors: A Case Study

15.00-15.30    Coffee Break
15.30-16.00    Maria Gerolemou & Stavroula Constantinou (Nicosia) 
Concluding Remarks

16.00-16.30
Open Discussion
Publishing a Volume on Miracles and Wonders in Antiquity and Byzantium

19.00-21.00    Farewell Dinner

 

 

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