Scale-making projects: Byzantium and the Christian communities of Khazaria

Location
Whitting Room - Arts Building (Room 436)
Category
Arts and Law, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research
Dates
Thursday 8th February 2018 (17:15-18:30)
Download the date to your calendar (.ics file)
Contact

The Centre’s General Seminar normally meets in the Whitting Room (436), 4th floor, Arts Building on Thursdays at 5.15pm (unless otherwise stated) and is open to all interested in the related concerns of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies.

  • Speaker: Nicholas Evans (Cambridge)

A seminar in the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies 2017/18 seminar series. 

Scale-making projects: Byzantium and the Christian communities of Khazaria

A range of Christian communities lived under Khazar rule from Crimea to the Volga delta between the seventh and tenth centuries, as attested by written sources in a variety of languages, and by archaeological evidence. This paper explores the relationship of these communities to the ‘global societies’ of Byzantium and Khazaria. It will argue that the usual framing of Byzantine-Khazar relations, and of the place of different religious groups within Khazaria, rests on unhelpful assumptions about the structure of Khazar society. An alternative approach will be proposed, which will also allow us to consider the changing nature of Byzantine imperialism during the period."