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The SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University is pleased to present Ethan Schmidt

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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies is pleased to present Simon Fraser University PhD student, Ethan Schmidt.

On Friday, December 3rd, at 2:30 PM PT, join us (online or in-person) his talk entitled "The Works of Theodoros Hyrtakenos: Rhetorical Commentary and Authorial Self-Presentation in the Corpus of an Early-Palaiologan Man of Letters," as part of the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies' Fall Seminar Series.

The event will be moderated by the Director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies, professor Dimitris Krallis.

Following the event, guests will be invited to join the presenter and hosts at a nearby restaurant for light refreshments and appetizers.

Abstract

This paper examines the literary oeuvre of the Byzantine scholar and teacher Theodoros Hyrtakenos (fl. 1280-1328), with an eye to discovering the strategies both of rhetorical commentary and of self-presentation which he deployed in his work. Ultimately, first by investigating the relationship between the text and commentary within the autographed codex unicus which preserves his work, and secondly, by examining the various rhetorical personae deployed by him, this paper attempts to sketch a more complete portrait of this often overlooked but fascinating figure.

Speaker bio

Ethan Schmidt is currently a first-year doctoral student at Simon Fraser University, whose research focuses on culture, literature, and urban space in medieval Byzantium, and whose dissertation will concern the place of ekphrastic texts in the canon of twelfth-century Byzantine literature. He received his undergraduate degree in Medieval History from the University of St. Andrews in 2019, and an MSc in Late Antique, Byzantine, and Islamic Studies from the University of Edinburgh in 2020.

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Born and raised in Athens, where he lived until his college years, Dimitris Krallis studied political theory at the University of Athens and Byzantine History at Oxford and at the University of Michigan, where he obtained his doctorate. He teaches Byzantine history at Simon Fraser University’s Department of Humanities and is the Director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies. He is the writer of two books, including, Serving Byzantium's Emperors: The Courtly Life and Career of Michael Attaleiates. New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture Series, which was recently translated into Greek. He has also written numerous articles and co-translated the work of a major Byzantine historian, Michael Attaleiates. His research explores the social, political, economic and intellectual history of Byzantium, as well as its modern reception.

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Guests can register for the event through Eventbrite. Alternatively, they can register by sending an email to hscomm@sfu.ca.

In-person registration is restricted to 25 guests. Register early to secure a ticket.

This event is free and open to the public and will be recorded.

Covid Protocols

Attendees will have the option of participating virtually through Zoom or attending the event in person on SFU's Burnaby Campus in AQ 6229, located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

Attendees will be required to wear face masks at all times. In addition, we will be limiting our event capacity to 25 guests.

Read SFU's Return to Campus Safety Plan to learn more about the protocols in place to keep our community safe.

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