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 26 July at 5:15.


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


We will begin at p. 423 line 288: καὶ γὰρ ἡ Ἰουδαϊκὴ πολιτεία ....




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Remember: these documents are for private study only and may not be published.