About the event
Medieval manuscripts often contain inscriptions called colophons, which provide information about the circumstances of the production of the manuscript, such as the place, the people involved, and the date.
In the Armenian tradition, colophon writing developed into a separate literary genre, and one of its unique characteristics was the inclusion of a passionate plea for remembrance of certain people in one’s prayers. This act of remembrance was perceived to be a moral duty and was believed to increase the chances of salvation for both the person remembering and the person remembered.
This talk explores the commemorative element of medieval Armenian colophons by looking into several manuscripts from the Bodleian Library's collection.
David Zakarian is an Associate of the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in Oxford. He is the author of Women, Too, Were Blessed: The Portrayal of Women in Early Christian Armenian Texts (Brill, 2021).
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Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG
The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.