15 June 2017

The Physiologus between East and West

Transmission and dissemination of an early Christian text on nature

Thursday 15.6.2017

14:00-14:30 Welcome address and introduction to the conference

Session 1 – The Greek Physiologus: Manuscripts and contexts (chair: S. Lazaris)
14:30-15:15 Horst Schneider, “Der Physiologus: Grundlagen und Perspektiven”
15:15-16:00 Arnaud Zucker, “The evolution of the Greek Physiologus in the three recensions”

Coffee break

16:30-17:15 Adele Di Lorenzo, “La tradition du Physiologus grec dans les manuscrits de la BNF et de la BAV. Réflexions pour une étude comparée”
17:15-18:00 Alain Touwaide, “The Physiologus and the tradition of the iatrosophia”

Friday 16.6.2017

Session 2 – The illustrations of the Physiologus in a comparative perspective (chair: A. Dorofeeva)
9:00-9:45 Massimo Bernabo, “Testi classici come fonte delle miniature del Fisiologo di Smirne”
9:45-10:30 Jacqueline Leclercq-Marx, “Un champ métaphorique exemplaire. À propos du rapport entre texte et illustration dans le Bruxellensis 10066-77 (Meuse ?, fin du Xe s.)”
10:30-11:15 Stavros Lazaris, “L’illustration du Physiologus d’après certains manuscrits grecs de la Renaissance”

Coffee break

Session 3 – Eastern traditions 1 (chair: C. Macé)
11:45-12:30 Gohar Muradyan & Aram Topchyan, “The Armenian Physiologus”
12:30-13:15 Jost Gippert, “The Georgian Physiologus”

Lunch break

Session 4 – Eastern traditions 2 (chair: J. Gippert)
14:30-15:15 Alin Suciu, “The Coptic Physiologus: Evidence of an Early Translation”
15:15-16:00 Massimo Villa, “The Ethiopic Physiologus: Manuscript tradition and Desiderata”
16:00-16:45 Sami Aydin, “The Syriac Physiologus Versions and Related Bestiaries”

Coffee break

Session 5 – Eastern traditions 3 (chair: V. Pakis)
17:15-18:00 Sybille Wentker, “The Arabic Physiologus, early text in late transmission?”
18:00-18:45 Anissava Miltenova, “The Physiologus in Balkan Cyrillic Manuscripts: from Textological to Socio-Rhetorical Approach”
18:45-19:30 Ana Stoykova, “The Slavic translation of the Pseudo-Basilian recension: the compilation approach”

Saturday 17.6.2017

Session 6 – Editions and future prospects (chair: A. Zucker)
9:00-9:45 Anna Dorofeeva, “The early mediaeval Latin Physiologus between tradition and innovation”
9:45-10:30 Emmanuelle Kuhry, “Le projet Physiologus – Stemmatologie. Résultats et perspectives pour une édition électronique”

Coffee break

11:00-11:45 Caroline Macé, “Why new critical editions of the Physiologus in various languages (in Greek and Latin especially) are still needed”

Session 7 – Round Table
11:45-13:00 Round-Table on publication and editorial projects, led by Valentine A. Pakis


  • Anna Dorofeeva (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
  • Stavros Lazaris (CNRS, UMR Orient & Méditerranée/ Labex RESMED)
  • Caroline Macé (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt / Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen)
  • Arnaud Zucker (Université Côte d’Azur)
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