Andras Nemeth interview

An interview with András Németh, author of The Excerpta Constantiniana and the Byzantine Appropriation of the Past

Andras, thank you for taking the time to talk to us about your book. Can you tell us a little about your work with Greek manuscripts, and what led you to take an interest in the Excerpta Constantiniana? Your line of academic work is very specialised, as is the Byzantine book that you are writing about. Could you set the scene for the general reader, and tell us what your book is about?

When I was a student of Latin, Greek and history in Budapest, I was always fascinated by manuscripts. I very soon discovered that I can spot details in manuscripts, handwritten books, which others had failed to notice.

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An excerpt from The Excerpta Constantiniana and the Byzantine Appropriation of the Past, by András Németh

The proem to the Excerpta survives via two independent channels. The text of both is identical and contains the name of the first collection (Inauguration of the Emperors). All those, both among the emperors of old and the persons of no public station, who did not allow their mind to be turned aside or weakened … Read more

An excerpt from The Gardens of Corfu, by Rachel Weaving, with photos by Marianne Majerus

Corfu Gardens: Ancient Myth and Modern Magic Greenest of the Greek islands, Corfu exerts a powerful magic. For those who seek them out, its natural landscapes and private gardens evoke a sense of wonder: expansive and intimate, restorative and energising, they offer joy and solace in a stressful world. It was in pre-Classical times that … Read more

An excerpt from Hesiod’s Works and Days, translated by A. E. Stallings

The time is ripe for sailing the fifty days Past solstice, summer in its closing phase, Season of toil. You will not shipwreck then, Nor will the sea extinguish all your men, Unless Earth-shaker, Poseidon, is annoyed, Or Zeus, King of the Gods, wants you destroyed: In their hands lies fulfillment, good and ill. While … Read more