International Symposium “Re(dis)covering Chora: The Byzantine Name of the Rose”

The European Centre of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monuments organized in Athens, in November 25-26, 2021, at the amphitheater of War Museum (Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias & Rizari 2) International Scientific Symposium about the Chora Monastery in Constantinople by the title: “Re(dis)covering Chora: The Byzantine Νame of the Rose”. At the Symposium distinguished Byzantine scholars from Greece and abroad participated and once again they highlight the great importance of the monument in the international scientific community, focusing on topics related to history, architecture, epigraphy and art.

Session 1
Rapporteur: IOULIA PAPAGEORGIOU Acting Head of Directorate of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Antiquities, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports
01:50 Salutations Prof. NATALIA POULOU, President of the Administrative Board
11:11 ΗΛΙΑΣ ΤΑΞΙΔΗΣ, Η ἒκφρασις της Μονής της Χώρας στο ποίημα του Θεόδωρου Μετοχίτη Δοξολογία εἰς Θεὸν καὶ περὶ τῶν χαρίτων τῶν καθ΄ αὑτὸν καὶ τῆς μονῆς τῆς Χώρας/(ILIAS TAXIDIS, The ekphrasis of the Chora Monastery in Theodore Metochites’ poem Δοξολογία εἰς Θεὸν καὶ περὶ τῶν χαρίτων τῶν καθ᾿ αὑτὸν καὶ τῆς μονῆς τῆς Χώρας)
28:50 KOSTIS SMYRLIS, Redating the Refoundation of the Chora by Theodore Metochites, ca 1310 – ca 1315
50:40 ROBERT OUSTERHOUT, X-Ray Vision at the Chora Monastery
1:13:55 ALEXEI LIDOV, Christ Chora, Theotokos Chora, Church Chora. The Byzantine Concept of Iconicity and the Notion of Chora
1:31:50 Discussion

Session 2
Rapporteur: FLORA KARAGIANNI, Director of the European Centre for Byzantine and Postbyzantine Monuments
01:08 ANASTASIOS TANTSIS, The Chora Katholikon: a Paradigm for Byzantine Church Architecture?
24:20 ROBERT NELSON, The Tyranny of a Name: The So-Called Deesis at the Chora
50:21 ENGIN AKYÜREK, Old Testament Cycle of the Parecclesion of Chora Church
1:12:30 JEAN-PIERRE CAILLET, New Proposals about Peter and Paul in the Iconographic Program of the Chora Monastery: Religious-and eventually Politic Implications
1:36:38 Discussion

Session 3
Rapporteur: CHARALAMPOS PENNAS, Emeritus Director of Byzantine Antiquities, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports
01:55 ATHANASIOS SEMOGLOU, L’éloquence de la sagesse dans le programne iconographique de l’exonarthex à Chora (The Eloquence of the Wisdom in the Exonarthex Program of Chora)
29:26 MARIA VASSILAKI, The Impact of the Art of the Chora Monastery on Late Byzantine Icon-Painting
58:12 DIMITRA KOTOULA, ‘The starting point of a renewed life’: Politics and Eschatology in the Chora Burial Chapel.
1:27:00 MICHELE BACCI, “Ceci n΄est pas une corniche”. Architectural Frames in the Chora Church and in 14th Century Palaiologan Painting
1:55:50 Discussion
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