Conference: Manuscripts from Ethiopia and Eritrea (Oxford, 1 Sept 2018)

This free study day will act as an introduction to Ethiopian and Eritrean manuscripts  dating from the 4th to 18th centuries. Context, production, and patronage will be discussed by leading experts from institutions such as The British Library and SOAS. See the detailed schedule and link to register below.

Study Day: Introducing Manuscripts from Ethiopia and Eritrea

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LU, September 1, 2018
Deadline: Aug 31, 2018
From 8.40 am, tea/coffee with be served.

Chair: Bryan Ward-Perkins Discussants: Mai Musié (Oxford) and Yoseph Araya (Open University)
09.00 Alessandro Bausi (HLCES, Hamburg), Introduction to the Manuscript Culture of Ethiopia: Early Developments and New Discoveries
09.45 Marie-Laure Derat (CNRS, Paris) Ethiopian Authors and Scribes in the Middle Ages: Monastic and Curial Milieu

10.30–10.50: Coffee Break

Chair: Judith McKenzie Discussants: Yemane Asfedai (London) and Dereje Debella (London)
10.50 Jacopo Gnisci (BAV, Vatican/HLCES, Hamburg) Illustrated Ethiopic Gospels: From Late Antiquity to the Early Solomonic Period (ca. 350-1527)
11.35 Tania Tribe (SOAS, London) Ethiopian Manuscript Painting: 16th to 18th Centuries

12.20–13.30: Lunch

Chair: Elizabeth Jeffreys Discussants: Eyob Derillo (British Library) and Gianfrancesco Lusini (University of Naples “L’Orientale”)
13.30 Solomon Gebreyes Beyene (HLCES, Hamburg), Ethiopian Royal Chronicles: Production and Manuscript Tradition
14.15 Sean M. Winslow (Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz), “Bless the Makers of Parchment, Because They Laboured Much”: Craft Practices of the Ethiopian Scribe

15.00: Tea break – Bodleian visit

Convenors: Jacopo Gnisci, Foteini Spingou, Miranda Williams, Judith McKenzie, and Rahel Fronda. Any questions, please contact Jacopo Gnisci,

Attendance and refreshments, including lunch, are free, but please book a place at:
or by emailing

Sponsored by the Classics Faculty, the Bodleian Library, the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, the ERC Advanced Project Monumental Art of the Christian and Early Islamic East directed by Judith McKenzie, Maison Française d’Oxford, Beta Maṣāḥǝft: Manuscripts of Ethiopia and Eritrea, funded by The Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities through the Academy of Hamburg.


Published by ameliahyde

Amelia Roché Hyde holds an MA from The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she studied cross-cultural artistic traditions of medieval Spain, taking an in-depth look at the context and role of Spanish ivories within sacred spaces. Her favorite medieval art objects are ones that are meant to be handled and touched, and she has researched ivories, textiles, and illuminated manuscripts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The British Museum. Amelia is the Research Assistant at The Met Cloisters.

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