ANAMED Talks – In Church and at Home: Byzantine Prayer Books (Euchologia) as Sources for Daily Life and Social History

Date: 17 November 2022
Time: 18:30 (Turkey local time, GMT +3)
For this month’s talk, ANAMED will feature Elisabeth Schiffer, former ANAMED fellow Ilias Nesseris, Daniel Galadza, and Eirini Afentoulidou. Moderated by Claudia Rapp, their talk will address Euchologia (liturgical books made for the use of priests) survive in hundreds of manuscripts and contain a wide range of short prayers that address everyday concerns in the lifecycle of individuals and families as well as rural communities. This talk showcases the ongoing work of the Vienna Euchologia Project that seeks to explore this largely untapped source of information for daily life and the social history of Byzantium. (

This online talk will be held in English. Please register this event in advance from here.

Claudia Rapp is Professor of Byzantine Studies at the University of Vienna and interim Director of the Institute for Medieval Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. She is a member of several academies, advisory boards (e.g. Senior Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks) and editorial boards (e.g. Journal of Byzantine Studies (JOEB)/Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik). In 2015, she received the Wittgenstein Award, Austria’s highest academic recognition. In the same year, together with a team of scholars, she initiated the Vienna Euchologia Project.

Elisabeth Schiffer is staff member at the Department of Byzantine Research, Institute for Medieval Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Her research interests include Medieval Greek language and literature, as well as religion and everyday life in Byzantium. She worked on the Lexikon zur byzantinischen Gräzität (published between 1992 and 2017) and published most recently on liturgical prayer texts in Saint’s Lives, and on register and style in Medieval Greek hagiographical texts. She is co-editor of the Journal of Byzantine Studies (JOEB)/Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik. Elisabeth Schiffer joined the team of the Vienna Euchologia Project in 2015.

Ilias Nesseris received his Ph.D. in Byzantine History and Philology at the University of Ioannina in 2014 (his dissertation was entitled: Higher education in Constantinople in the 12th century). In 2014-15, he was a residential fellow at the Recearch Center for Anatolian Civilizations of Koc University in Istanbul. From 2015-2022, he was employed as a Post-Doc at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in the Vienna Euchologia Project. This past September he accepted a teaching post in Greece at the level of secondary education, but he remains affiliated with the VEP as an Associate Member.

Daniel Galadza is a historian of the Byzantine liturgy, with a special interest in the development of the Jerusalem rite and the history of liturgical studies. He has held academic posts and research affiliations in Vienna, Regensburg, Rome, Washington and Toronto. He has recently been appointed as professor at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. He has been a cooperation partner of the Vienna Euchologia Project since its inception.

Eirini Afentoulidou is researcher at the Institute for Medieval Research / Department of Byzantine Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna. Her research interests include textual criticism, language analysis, manuscript studies, Byzantine theological literature, and gender studies. She currently works on childbirth-related prayers in Byzantine prayerbooks (Euchologia).