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Early Ethiopian and Other Eastern Illuminated Gospel Books: Text and Image



Early Ethiopian and Other Eastern

Illuminated Gospel Books:

Text and Image 

Saturday 5 November 2016

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LU


Introducing the Garima Gospels

CHAIR:   Bryan Ward-Perkins (Oxford)

10.00     Opening Remarks: Judith McKenzie (Oxford)

10.10     James Howard-Johnston (Oxford), The India Trade and the Coming of Christianity to Ethiopia

10.40     Judith McKenzie, The Garima Illuminations: Architecture, Origins, and Meanings

11.30–11.50: Morning tea

CHAIR:   Elizabeth Key Fowden (Cambridge)

11.50     Francis Watson (Durham), The Garima Canon Tables: Icons of Harmony

12.40–2.00: Lunch


CHAIR:   Neil McLynn (Oxford)

2.00       Jaś Elsner (Oxford), Reflections on the Garima Gospels in Response to the New Monograph

2.40       Michael Gervers (Toronto), Old Rock-Hewn Churches with Manuscripts and New Ones Without

3.10       Garth Fowden (Cambridge), Response and Discussion

3.30–3.50: Afternoon tea

Canon Tables in Other Eastern Gospel Books

CHAIR:   Theo van Lint (Oxford)

3.50       David Taylor (Oxford), Syriac Canon Tables

4.20       Nikoloz Aleksidze (Oxford), Georgian Illuminated Gospels: 9th–14th Centuries

4.50       Emilio Bonfiglio (Vienna), Texts on the Meaning of Armenian Canon Table Frames


5.20       Closing remarks: Elizabeth Jeffreys (Oxford)

5.30: Refreshments

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

Organised by Judith McKenzie, Miranda Williams, and Foteini Spingou. Sponsored by the Classics Faculty, the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, and the ERC Advanced Project, Monumental Art of the Christian and Early Islamic East, directed by Judith McKenzie.

The colloquium to mark the publication of The Garima Gospels: Early Illuminated Gospel Books from Ethiopia, by Judith McKenzie, Francis Watson et al., with photographs by Michael Gervers, will be accompanied by an exhibition of all of the Garima illuminated pages in the Outreach Room (Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’), to run until the end of Michaelmas term (18th December).

2016 Colloquium Programme with Manuscript Resources:

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