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 27 September at 5:15.  No meeting 13 September due to the Classical Association of Victoria Allen Lecture.


Old Quadrangle G10 (the old Moot Court in the South West corner of the Old Quad).


We will begin at p. 440 Section 261.1 line 1: Νερούας ἐβασίλευσεν ἔτος ἕν  ...




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Remember: these documents are for private study only and may not be published.