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

Tentatively Wednesday 6 February at 5.15; to be confirmed.


Arts West NW room 651 (the SHAPS executive meeting room).


We will begin on page 130 at ch.53 line 37: μετὰ ταῦτα τοὺς πάντας υἱοὺς αὐτοῦ ...

Ked 42-56 Eng.docKed 42-56 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 (1.06Mb pdf)
  • Microsoft Word in unicode font, zipped KedTLGunicode zip (1.12Mb zip)

Please note: these documents are for private study only and may not be published.