Medieval (Byzantine) Greek Reading Group

Pantokrator Kalenderhane Camii, Istanbul
Pantokrator Kalenderhane Camii, Istanbul
(Photograph: Andrew Stephenson)

An informal group that meets on Wednesdays at 5:15 in a friendly and supportive environment to read medieval (Byzantine) Greek texts. Anyone with any knowledge of Greek is welcome. We generally finish around 6:30 and most continue the discussion over a pizza/pasta and glass of wine in Lygon St.


Roger Scott

John Burke

Next Meeting

Wednesday 31May at 5:15.

We will begin on page 531, at 321 line 11 τότε οἱ κατὰ τὴν ἀνατολὴν

On Wednesday 14 June, ProfessorClaudia Sode (Cologne) expects to join us for our normal meeting, following her public lecture the previous evening on "Seals and Identity in Byzantium" in the Forum Theatre, Arts West, at 6:30.

There will be no meeting the following Wednesday 21 June. We will resume on Wednesday 28 June.


John Medley Building, East Tower, Ground Floor, Room EG64.


Constantius and Julian.

Extra reading (if you have time and are interested): Ammianus Marcellinus, Constantius and Julian.

We will begin at page 529, section 319.8  ἀκηκοὼς τοἰνυν Κωνστάντιος

Kedrenos: Constantius and Julian Eng.docxKedrenos: Constantius and Julian GR.pdf



Language Aids

John Burke's current favourite free polytonic unicode Greek font is Gentium.

Some Maps

Interactive map of Constantinople by Emanuel Nicolescu and Linda Safran.

Whole Texts

  • The new critical edition of Kedrenos, by Luigi Tartaglia, Georgii Cedreni Historiarum Compendium (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, 2016), in two volumes, can be purchased online from Bardi Edizioni.
  • Bekker's edition of Kedrenos can be read online or downloaded from Google Books (pdf format, very large files - about 50 MB each) Volume 1 and Volume 2.
  • PDF of Vol.1 to Vol.2 p. 43 (where Skylitzes starts) (Ked1-2.43.pdf, 1.06 MB)
  • Microsoft Word in unicode font, zipped (, 1.12 MB)

Remember: these documents are for private study only and may not be published.