Mary Seeger O'Boyle Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2019-2020
András Kraft studied Philosophy at Eötvös Loránd University and Medieval Studies at Central European University. He received his doctoral degree from Central European University for his dissertation on eschatological discourses in the long Komnēnian century. During his doctoral studies he was awarded fellowships by the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection Library, and the University of Münster. Before joining the Seeger Center, he was an Assistant Professor of liberal arts at the American University of Central Asia. His research specializes in Byzantine intellectual history with a focus on philosophical and prophetic literature.
Studies in Byzantine apocalypticism still rely heavily on the unfinished but posthumously published works by Paul Alexander and Agostino Pertusi. Their undeniable merits notwithstanding, a new approach is needed in order to develop further our understanding of the highly diverse source material of Medieval Greek apocalyptic thought. Before new editorial and interpretative work can properly be carried out, it is necessary to evaluate the manuscript transmission of Byzantine apocalyptic sources since the vast majority of manuscripts containing apocalyptic texts date to the fifteenth century or later. This means that our access to the original Byzantine material is regulated by a post-byzantine filter. This research project aims to investigate the manuscript (re)production of apocalyptic anthologies during the early post-Byzantine period and to reconstruct the historical context of the workshops and interest groups behind the unprecedented proliferation of Byzantine apocalyptic prophecies.