Workshop. Isaac Comnenus Porphyrogenitus: Walking the Line in Twelfth-Century Byzantium and Beyond
Convent of Noble Maidens
Valeria Flavia Lovato (Centre for Medieval Literature)
In the last decades, modern scholarship has devoted much attention to the Comnenian dynasty. Surprisingly, no comprehensive study has yet been devoted to Isaac Comnenus Porphyrogenitus, son of emperor Alexius I and brother of both John II and Anna Comnena. Isaac is an intriguing figure, at the crossroads between different worlds: classical scholarship, artistic patronage, courtly intrigues and international political alliances. Traditional divisions between scholarly fields have prevented a comprehensive exploration of Isaac’s many facets.
Challenging this very compartmentalization, this workshop aims to bring together Isaac’s different worlds, contributing to a better understanding of 12th-century Byzantium.
For more information about the workshop contact Valeria Flavia Lovato (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thursday, March 5
|Valeria F. Lovato and Lars Boje Mortensen (SDU): welcome and introduction|
Panel 1: Isaac and 12th-century literature
Panel 2: Homeric philology
Panel 3: Isaac as patron, literatus and founder
Friday, March 6
Panel 4: Innovation, change and conflict in the Comnenian era (Part One)
Panel 4: Innovation, change and conflict in the Comnenian era (Part Two)