The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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4/21- Manuscripts, Cultures, and Ideas on the Move:

 Reflections on the Sinai Palimpsests Project and the Contents of a Manuscript that Traveled from Constantinople to Sinai 

A talk and discussion with Professor Christina Christoforatou, Associate Professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY

Moderators: Professor Eric A. Ivison and Adjunct Assistant Professor Joseph Frusci

Friday 21 April @ 2:00 pm on Zoom:

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About this Talk: The Sinai Palimpsests Project, focusing on manuscripts in which the original text has been effaced to make room for later writing, has led to the discovery of new texts —some unknown, others thought lost— in the ancient library of Saint Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai in Egypt. This presentation discusses a medieval palimpsest manuscript that preserves erotic poetry in Greek and shows how recent advances in science and scholarship enable us to reconstruct its history and travels, and what this can tell us about the interactions of western medieval and Byzantine cultures, their readers, patrons, and owners.


About the Speaker: Christina Christoforatou is Associate Professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY, specializing in medieval literature (Western-European and Byzantine), manuscript studies, and medieval cosmology. Her scholarship ranges broadly over medieval cultural poetics, Byzantine intellectual history, and iconographic expressions of power.


Please register prior to the start of the event to ensure you arrive before the lecture starts.


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