Julián Bértola


I am a PhD student at Ghent University in Ghent, Belgium. I come from Argentina and I have recently started my research within the framework of the Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams (DBBE). This project produced and maintains an online database of the metrical paratexts inscribed in the margins of Byzantine manuscripts (http://www.dbbe.ugent.be). Book epigrams found in situ are texts that represent a function in itself relevant from a paleographic point of view, but in addition they frequently witness the conditions of production, reception and circulation of manuscripts, as well as other social and historic information. My role as a PhD student consists in literarily interpreting a selected sub-corpus of these poems, in particular those connected with the classical heritage in Byzantium. At the same time, as part of the team, I collaborate regularly with the improvement of the records of DBBE.

Given the evident importance of paleography for my research, my participation in IIPS 2017 offered me an excellent occasion to increase my experience with real material and to gain new knowledge in the field. Moreover, I was nourished by the multiple approaches to different languages, supports and epochs. I profited not only from the conferences delivered and the visits conducted by experts, but also from the contact with colleagues from different institutions and with different interests. Finally, I would like to add that from a personal perspective IIPS 2017 was an invaluable opportunity to meet incredibly nice people and places. All in all, I am honored to have taken part in the first edition of an event that surely will have many more.


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