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International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium

June 24, 2013 – June 27, 2013
June 24 9.00–17.45, June 25 9.15–17.45, June 26 9.15–16.45, June 27 9.15-13.15
Event is open to the public. To register, click here.


The third edition of this symposium explores the theme of Byzantine trade from the late antique period through to the 15th century. The symposium aims to share the ongoing scientific research in Turkey and abroad in this field, to improve the proliferation of cultural heritage through publications and to support the young Byzantinists with their research.

Planned to be held every three years by the Vehbi Koç Foundation, this year’s symposium endeavours to discuss topics such as Constantinople and its provincial cities being the centres of commercial activity; the movement of goods and merchants at local, regional, interregional and international levels; the roles of monks, pilgrims, diplomats and soldiers as agents of trade; and the trade regulations and financial policies of the Byzantine state.

The recent archaeological discoveries and re-reading of written sources have paved the way for new perspectives to be developed in the study of trade in the Byzantine world. The ongoing work centring on the new findings from the Marmaray excavations at Yenikapı, Sirkeci and Üsküdar in Istanbul, as well as the organisation of three major symposia in Oxford (2004), Vienna (2005) and Washington DC (2008) have significantly heightened interest in this field. This Koç symposia are held in honour of the late Sevgi Gönül (1938-2003), sister of Rahmi Koç and founder of the Sadberk Hanım Museum, who was always a great supporter of Byzantine studies.

For the daily programme, please visit the organisers’ website. Simultaneous English–Turkish translation will be provided.


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