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Conference 26 October 2002

Reconstructing Byzantine Constantinople:

New Perspectives from Archaeology and History

A one-day conference, sponsored by The Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London and the Research Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, The University of Reading, was held at the Humanities Building (formerly the Faculty of Letters Building), Room 27, ground floor, on the Whiteknights campus of The University of Reading, on Saturday, 26 October 2002.

Papers explored some important implications of recent archaeological and historical work on the Byzantine capital.


10.00-10.30: Ken Dark (Reading): Recent Archaeological Discoveries Relating to the Churches of Byzantine Constantinople

10.30-11.00: Jan Kostanec (Prague): New Perspectives on the Great Palace of the Byzantine Emperors

11.00-11.15: Questions

11.15-11.30: Tea/Coffee

11.30-12.00: Peter Sarris (Cambridge): Egyptians in Early Byzantine Constantinople

12.00-13.00: Bryan Ward-Perkins (Oxford): Rome and Constantinople in the Early Byzantine period

13.00-13.15: Questions

13.15-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.00: Anthony Littlewood (Ontario): Gardens and Open Spaces in Byzantine Constantinople

15.00-15.30: Nikolae Serikoff (London): A New Arab Account of the Construction of Hagia Sophia

15.30-15.45: Questions

15.45-16.00: Tea/Coffee

16.00-16.30: Aphrodite Papayianni (London): Byzantine Constantinople in the 13th Century seen through eyes of Byzantines and foreigners

16.30-17.00: Jonathan Harris (London): Michael Psellos and the Monasteries of Constantinople

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