The Evergetis Project,
adopted by the British
Academy in 1996, seeks
to assess the significance of Evergetis in the development of middle
Byzantine monasticism, and make available its dossier of texts.
The project has a twelve-year plan to prepare translations and
commentaries of all texts, and editions of Synaxarion
and Katechetikon, together
with a volume of conclusions. Work has currently come to the end of
the second phase when individual teams were concentrating on individual
texts and communicating their findings to the project in general, and
reached the third phase, of the publication of individual texts. Three
international meetings of scholars of all disciplines have been held,
in Murlough House, Dundrum, Co. Down from 1-4 May 1992 (the third Belfast
Byzantine International Colloquium) to pose the problem, another at
Portaferry, Co. Down from 14-17 September 1995 (BBIC,4) to assess work
in progress, and the third there from 18-20 September 1998 (BBIC, 5).
Eighteen volumes, some of which will also be available electronically,
and three databases.
The Evergetis News, the
website, day-schools for the public, articles in scholarly journals,
reports in Bulletin of British Byzantine Studies, conference sessions and papers
at the Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, Patristics conferences
and Maynooth, have publicised the project.
This project has been supported by The British Academy, the Humanities
Research Board, the Arts and Humanities Research Board, the Bank of
Ireland, the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies and the
Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, the Hellenic Foundation,
and the London Hellenic Society. Grants to individuals have been made
by the Queen’s University
the British School
the British Institute at Ankara,
the Seven Pillars of Wisdom Trust, the Cotton Foundation, the Dujcev
Centre in Sofia, the Society of Antiquaries and the Gladys Krieble-Delmas
Four teams, each led by an adviser, each focusing on one or more
texts or the material evidence, meet annually to share findings and
to set targets. A British Academy Committee, composed of Director, Assistant
Director, the four Advisers (Dr Morris for administration, Professor
Taft for liturgy, Dr Munitiz for spirituality and Dr Rodley for art-archaeology),
the Academy Representative (Professor Averil Cameron), and Dr Ken Emond
for the Academy.