Conference at the Department of Romance Studies and Classics, Stockholm University, June 24 to 26, 2015

Image taken with permission from Byzantium 1200
Image taken with permission from Byzantium 1200


Never the twain shall meet
Latins and Greeks learning from each other in Byzantium

A conference on the theme of Latin and Greek mutual learning, intellectual and cultural interchange in the final age of Byzantium (1261-1453). We emphasize the reception of Thomas Aquinas, and other forms of philosophical and theological exchange that have had lasting repercussions.

Contact person: Professor Denis Searby (

The various sessions are open for any interested scholars or students, but we would be grateful for advance notification of your attendance by email to Professor Searby.


Programme - Never the twain Shall Meet (538 Kb)

List of Lectures and Papers

Keynote lecturers:

John Demetracopoulos, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology at the University of Patras, has written numerous monographs and articles on Greek-Latin  intellectual exchange. His most recent book is the forthcoming The Christian Platonism of Barlaam the Calabrian: In Search of the Theological and Philosophical Sources of His Greek Epistles.

John Monfasani, Distinguished Professor of History, SUNY Albany, a specialist in the intellectual history of the Renaissance and Humanist period, has written widely in his both books and articles on  the Byzantine and Western European scholarly and humanistic tradition. His most recent book is George Amiroutzes the Philosopher and His Tractates (Leuven: Peeters, 2011).

Marcus Plested, Associate Professor of Theology at Marquette University, has taught, lectured, and published widely in patristic, Byzantine, and modern Orthodox theology. His most recent book is Orthodox Readings of Aquinas (OUP 2012).

Franz Tinnefeld, Professor emeritus of Byzantine Studies (LMU Munich), has published important studies of the social structures of the early Byzantine Empire, social and political aspects of the later empire, and has translated Demetrios Kydones’ correspondence. His most recent book is Die Briefe des Demetrios Kydones. Themen und literarische Form (Wiesbaden 2010).


Panagiotis Athanasopoulos (Patras): Demetrios Cydones’ translation of Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae ia IIae: remarks in view of the on-going editio princeps.

Irini Balcoyiannopoulou (Patras): George Scholarios-Gennadios II’s Latent Translation of Thomas Aquinas’ Commentary on “De Interpretatione”

Marie-Hélène Blanchet (CRNS):The two Byzantine translations of Thomas Aquinas’ De rationibus fidei: remarks in view of the on-going editio princeps

Johannes Börjesson (Cambridge): The Approved Fathers: An Ecclesiastically Approved Patristic Tradition.

Matthew Briel (Fordham): Gennadios Scholarios’ Thomistic Defense of Aristotle

Pantelis Golitsis (Thessaloniki): ἐσέντζια, ὕπαρξις, οὐσία: George Scholarios’ philosophical understanding of Thomas Aquinas’ De ente et essentia.

Brian Möller Jensen (Stockholm University): Hugo Eterianus and his description of Greek theologians in his De summo et immortali Deo

Christiaan Kappes (Pittsburgh): New Evidence on the Scholastic background to the Mariology of George-Gennadios II Scholarius

Michael Konstantinou-Rizos (Royal Holloway): Prochoros Cydones’ translation of Thomas Aquinas’ Quaestiones disputatae de potentia and Quaestio disputata de spiritualibus creaturis: method and purpose

Antoine Levy (Helsinki): Translatable and untranslatable Aquinas: the soft cosmological revolution of scholasticism´s golden age and the rejection of Aquinas by the first Palamite circles.

Sergei Mariev (München): Some aspects of Bessarion's reception of Thomas Aquinas in the 'In Calumniatorem Platonis'

Monica Marchetto (Palermo): Matter and creation: Cardinal Bessarion between the Greek East and the Latin West

Nathaniel Ogden Kidd (Marquette): The Reception of Dionysian Angelology in Nicholas Cabasilas and Aquinas.

Tikhon Alexander Pino (Marquette): Late Byzantine Thomism: Mark Eugenikos and Gennadios Scholarios on the Hylomorphic Body

Judith Ryder (Oxford): Conformist or creative: what the case of Demetrius Kydones may tell us about diversity and openness in fourteenth century Byzantine society

Georgios Steiris (Athens): Pletho, Scholarios and the Arabs