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The Physiologus between East and West

Transmission and dissemination of an early Christian text on nature

An international conference
- Paris, 15-17 June 2017
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Université de la Sorbonne – Maison de la Recherche
28, rue Serpente, 75006 Paris
Salle D 040

We would like to invite you to present a paper at an international Conference on the Physiologus, to be held in Paris on 15–17 June 2017. We will be able to cover accommodation costs, and are hoping to be able to offer travel subsidies to those who need it (depending on available funding).
The abstract is as follows :

The Physiologus was once among the most widely read texts on nature in the world. Originally composed in Greek language during the second or third century AD, and based on antique sources, it was widely translated across East and West into all the major ancient and medieval vernacular languages. These included Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Georgian, Latin, Slavonic and Syriac, as well as early versions of French, German, Icelandic and English. Each language has its own complicated manuscript transmission and related indirect traditions. The history of the Physiologus can therefore only be understood by looking at the complete map of its diffusion. Yet many of the regional traditions of the Physiologus have not been studied since the end of the nineteenth century. The purpose of this Conference is to bring together specialists of the Physiologus for each of those languages in order to lay down the foundations of a modern international dialogue about this influential and under-studied work. The Physiolosus forms an ideal case study for observing cultural variations in this wide area covered by the different versions.

If you are able to contribute a paper, please send a provisional title to Caroline Macé ( by August 15 at the latest. Papers should be thirty minutes long, in English, French, German or Italian. We hope that this conference will result in an edited volume of papers presented, as well as further projects and collaborations. The organizers are Anna Dorofeeva (Frankfurt Universität), Stavros Lazaris (CNRS, UMR Orient & Méditerranée), Caroline Macé (Frankfurt Universität / Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen) and Arnaud Zucker (Université Côte d’Azur).

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Sorbonne Université
Orient Méditerranée - UMR 8167
Paris Sorbonne Université
Sorbonne Université - Université Paris 1
École Pratique des Hautes Études
Centre Léon Robin sur la pensée antique
Patrimoines et Langages Musicaux
Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes
Archéologies d'Orient et d'Occident et textes anciens (AOROC) - UMR8546

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