Polemical Literature in the Late Byzantine World (13th-15th centuries)

The Conference’s purpose is to explore the literary aspects of polemic in the Late Byzantium and in the context of the turbulent Palaiologan period (1261-1453), when certain religious, ethnic, and social groups strived to defend their identity. This international Conference is organized in relation to the project “Anti-Jewish Greek Literature in the Late-Medieval Crete” funded by the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus.


10.00 - 10.10

Prof. Dr. Heike Grieser (Mainz)
Dr. Eleftherios Despotakis (Mainz)

CHAIR: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Leppin (Frankfurt)

10.10 - 10.25

Assoc. Prof. Dr. John A. Demetrakopoulos (Patras)
Manuel II Palaiologos’ Anti-Pagan
Agenda in Ὅθεν ἄν τις ἄθεον ἄνδρα µήποτε λόγον εἰσδεδεγµένον περὶ Θεοῦ χειραγωγήσῃ πρὸς θεογνωσίαν τε καὶ εὐσέβειαν στίχοι and Hermonymos Christonymos Charitonymos’ Capita decem pro divinitate Christi

10.35 - 10.50

Dr. Panagiotis Ch. Athanasopoulos (Ioannina)
Ancient Historical Sources in the  Service of Scepticism in Bessarion’s In Calumniatorem Platonis, Bk. IV

11.00 - 11.15

Dr. Demetrios Chatzemichael (Thessaloniki)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. John A. Demetracopoulos (Patras)

Aristotle vs. Plato on True Monotheism: a Commented Critical Edition of Scholarios’ Autograph Note on Aristotle’s Metaphysics XII, 8

11.25 - 11.40 BREAK

CHAIR: Prof. Dr. Günter Prinzing (Mainz)

11.40 - 11.55

Prof. Dr. Andrea Riedl (Regensburg)
The Latin Empire of Constantinople (1204-1261) in 13th-Century Polemical Writings contra Latins and Greeks

12.05 - 12.20

Ass. Prof. Dr. Manolis Patedakis (Rethymnon)
A Short Treatise “On the Holy Spirit, against Latins …” and the Book called “Synagmata” by Athanasios I of Constantinople

12.30 - 12.45

Prof. Dr. Antonio Rigo (Venice)
Lists of Heresies and Heresiological Materials in Works of the 14th-century Theological Controversy

12.55 - 14.00 BREAK

CHAIR: Prof. Dr. Johannes Pahlitzsch (Mainz)

14.00 - 14.15

Dr. Marie-Hélène Blanchet (Paris)
The Criticism of the Roman Ecclesiastical Vocabulary in the Late Byzantine Polemical Literature: “Catholic”, “Apostolic”, “Head”, “Mother”, “Teacher” …

14.25 - 14.40

Dr. Saskia Dönitz (Frankfurt)
Lost in Exegesis – Byzantine Jewish
Polemics against Christians

14.50 - 15.05

Dr. Eleftherios Despotakis (Mainz)
Remarks on the the Disputatio contra Iudaeos of the 15th century Cretan Author Manuel Savios

15.15 - 15.30

Prof. Dr. Christian Kappes (Pittsburgh, PA)
A New Polemic: The Origins of the Latin Argument contra Damascenum on the Filioque and Greek Reactions

15.40 - 16.00 FINAL REMARKS

The Great Schism of 1054

The Great Schism of 1054

17. Dezember 2021, 10:00 Uhr

Die Tagung findet online via Zoom statt. Bitte melden Sie sich bei Dr. Eleftherios Despotakis an.

The conference takes place online via Zoom. For register, please contact Dr. Eleftherios Despotakis.


Programme and Abstracts