Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0079 (AF:353677 AR:190438)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
4th Term
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Byzantine Philology is a course of the "Philology, literatures and history of antiquity" and the "Archaeology" Master's degree in "Science of antiquity: literatures, history and archaeology". The course is also offered as an exam to complement the master's degree course in "History from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary Age".
The course offers students the essential training to learn how to analyze Byzantine historical and literary texts in a broad historical and cultural context and to use the foundations of textual criticism in Byzantine literature. In addition, the Byzantine Philology course offers students an overview of Byzantine literature and its genres from the 4th to the 15th century. The course also offers the opportunity to enrich the knowledge of classical Greek and modern Greek.
The students will have acquired:
- knowledge of the content and method of Byzantine literature and philology;
- a knowledge of the Byzantine literary and cultural world in its different periods;
- competence in the critical study of Byzantine texts.
Knowledge of classical Greek, and a preparation, at least elementary, of Greek palaeography is also recommended.
The Byzantine Philology course is dedicated to the collection of Constantinopolitan Synodal Tomes of the 14th century. The course explores the formation of the collection in manuscripts and (in some cases) their relationship with the copy of the Register of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

1. The Synodal Tomes in the Register of the Patriarchate;
2. Copies of the Synodal Tomes: groups of manuscripts, subscriptions and authentications;
3. Copies of the Synodal Tome of 1341. Tradition of the text and paratexts.

Students should use for the topics and texts covered in the lesson:
Synodal tome of 1341: H. HUNGER, O. KRESTEN, E. KISLINGER & C. CUPANE, Das Register des Patriarchats von Konstantinopel, II. (CFHB 19/2), Wien 1995, nr. 132, p. 206-256.
Synodal tome of 1347: H. HUNGER, O. KRESTEN, E. KISLINGER & C. CUPANE, Das Register des Patriarchats von Konstantinopel, II. (CFHB 19/2), Wien 1995, nr. 147, p. 346-382.
Synodal tome against Matthew of Ephesus: A. RIGO, Rigo, 1347.Isidoro patriarca di Constantinopoli e il breve sogno dell'inizio di una nuova epoca (Wiener Byzantinistische Studien, 31), Wien, 2020, p. 142-160.
Synodal Tome of 1351: Patrologia graeca, t. 151, col. 717-762.
Synodal tome 1368: A. RIGO, Il Monte Athos e la controversia palamitica dal Concilio del 1351 al Tomo Sinodale del 1368 (Giacomo Trikanas, Procoro Cidone e Filoteo Kokkinos), in A. RIGO (ed.), Gregorio Palamas e oltre : studi e documenti sulle controversie teologiche del XIV secolo bizantino (Orientalia Venetiana, 16), Firenze, 2004, p. 98-134.

Other material on
Oral exam 70% + Work on texts during lessons 30%.
Non-attending students are advised to contact the professor for a different program.
Lectures. The presence (constant) for the work on the manuscripts is strongly recommended.
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 30/06/2021