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First International Conference on the Military History of the

Mediterranean Sea

25 – 28 June 2015 - Büyükçekmece, İstanbul

Organizing committee: Erdogan Keskinkiliç, Georgios Theotokis, Aysel Yildiz, Ahmet

Yaşar, Abdulmennan Mehmet Altintaş, Nermin Gümüşalan, Kamber Keskin, Tuğba Karakuş

Scientific committee: Georgios Theotokis, Aysel Yildiz, Raffaele D’Amato

Conference venue: Lecture rooms M-226 and M-229 (K, L, M, N BLOCK)

Thursday 25 June


Welcoming of the delegates by the Head of the Department of History, Professor Erdogan



Rhoads Murphy (University of Birmingham - Ipek University)

The Human Factor: Capabilities and Limitations of Ottoman Naval personnel as Reflected in

Mediterranean Warfare during the 16th and 17th centuries


Session 1 – War and diplomacy: the evidence from the sources

Session Moderator: Iason-Eleftherios Tzouriadis

Gerassimos D. Pagratis (University of Athens)

War at Sea and trade routes in the Mediterranean during the Napoleonic period through the reports of

Septinsular Republic’s diplomatic representatives

Chrysovalantis Papadamou (University of Cyprus)

Spies and conspirators in Venetian Corfu at the end of 16th century.

Stathis Birtachas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Stradioti, capelletti, fanti: Greek mounted and foot mercenary troops in the Venetian State (15th-18th




Session 2 – Warfare in the Mediterranean

Session Moderator: Raffaele D’Amato

Wayne H. Bowen (Southeast Missouri State University)

Conflict and Collaboration: The Spanish and Ottoman Navies in the Mediterranean, 1453-1923

Mehmet Ipsirli (Fatih University)

The Ottoman Habsburg Long War (1591-1606) as reflected in the contemporary Ottoman Chronicles

Med Lakhdar Oulmi (University of May 8, 1945)

The evolution of the defensive system of the Aures (VIII-XI century)

LUNCH BREAK: 13:10 – 14:30


Session 3A – Naval Warfare I

Session Moderator: Rhoads Murphy

Elina Gugliuzzo (Università Telematica Pegaso)

Sea Power in the early Mediterranean World

Cornel Bontea (University of Montreal)

The theory of the passagium particulare: a commercial blockade of the Mediterranean Sea?

Philip Line (Independent Researcher)

A Distant Mirror of the Mediterranean? Naval battle tactics in the Norwegian wars of succession


Abdulmennan Mehmet Altintaş (Fatih University)

Transition of War and Ship Materials between the Mediterranean and Egypt - Red Sea during the 16th

and 17th Centuries

14:30 – 15:50

Session 3B – Naval Warfare II

Session Moderator: Jason T. Roche

Christophe Austruy (EHESS & ISEG Paris)

Determining the capitan’s role in the Venetian naval policy in the XV and XVI c. AD

Aspa Veneri (University of Paris-Sorbonne IV)

Linkages between military tactics and sea and technological inventions-innovations in Byzantium until

the thirteenth century

Konstantinos Karatolios (University of Crete)

Greek Fire, the terrifying weapon with the contradictory name


16:30 – 17:30

Tilemachos Loungis (Honorary Director of the Institute of Byzantine Research, Athens)

The Byzantine War Navy and the West, 5th-12th centuries

Friday 26 June


Session 4 – Siege Warfare

Session Moderator: Abdulmennan Mehmet Altintaş

Ian Wilson (Royal Holloway, University of London)

By the Sword or By Oath: Siege warfare in the Latin East 1097-1131

Michael Losse (Independent Researcher, Marburg, Germany)

The Knights Hospitallers’ defences in their Aegean state (1307-1522): castles, fortified settlements,

watch-towers, tower houses and vígles

Andrey E. Negin (Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod)

The strategy of intimidation in the Roman siegecraft


11:00 – 12:50

Session 5 – Arms and Armour

Session Moderator: Vassil Anastassov

Iason-Eleftherios Tzouriadis (University of Leeds)

Post-Byzantine Art and Western Influences in Military Iconography: The Case of Staff Weapons in

the Work of Mihail Damaskinos.

Georgios Theotokis (Fatih University)

Σώκος: a neglected weapon of the Byzantines

Raffaele D’Amato (University of Ferrara - TUBITAK Visiting scholar at Fatih University)

The Last Defenders of Constantinople

LUNCH BREAK: 13:00 – 14:15

14:15 – 15:55

Session 6A – Military Elites I

Session Moderator: Mehmet Ipsirli

Vedran Bileta (Central European University)

Late Antique Cannae revisited: The battle of Mursa Major and its impact on the Late Roman army

Boris Stojkovski (University of Novi Sad)

Hungarians in the Byzantine army. A supplement to the Byzantino-Hungarian military relations

Andriy Posun’ko (Central European University)

The splintered communities: refugees, mercenaries and irregulars in the Russian-Ottoman Wars 1806-

1812 and 1828-1829

Mehmet Mert Sunar (Medeniyet University)

Struggle among Ottoman Local Notables in the Balkans and Anatolia during the Ottoman-Russian

War of 1806-1812

14:15 – 15:55

Session 6B – Military Elites II

Session Moderator: Tilemachos Loungis

Juho Wilskman (University of Helsinki)

The rabble: Attitudes towards armed commoners and their use in late Byzantine and early Ottoman


Aysel Yildiz (Fatih University)

The Ottoman military elite: Career and Promotion Patterns

Efi Argyrou & Sevasti Lazari (Open University of Greece)

The military elite as factor of identity in the Ionian border between the Venetian and Ottoman State

Kiril Petkov (University of Wisconsin-River Falls)

The Enemy is Us: narratives and hybridity in fifteenth-century Venetian-Ottoman military encounters


16:30 – 17:30

Matthew Bennett (formerly Senior Lecturer, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK)

Writing a military history of the Crusades: problems and opportunities

Saturday 27 June

09:00 – 10:20

Session 7 – Military theory

Session Moderator: Georgios Theotokis

Philip Rance (Freie Universität, Berlin)

Late Byzantine elites and military literature: authors, readers and manuscripts (11th-15th centuries)

Nikolaos S. Kanellopoulos (Hellenic Military Academy)

The Byzantine influence on the military writings of Theodore I Palaiologos, marquis of Montferrat

Vassil Anastassov (Fatih University)

“Power Maintenance” in Machiavelli’s Art of War


11:00 – 12:40

Session 8 – Tactics

Session moderator: Matthew Bennett

Jason T. Roche (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Tactics and the Second Crusade in Anatolia

Burak Çınar (Nigde University)

Prelude to Rising Ages in Anatolia: clash of Turkish & West European military cultures in the edge of

the Mediterranean

Valeri Yotov & Ioto Valeriev (Varna Museum of Archaeology)

The defeat of Alexios I Komnenos near Drastar in 1087: New Data

LUNCH BREAK: 12:45 – 14:15

14:15 – 15:35

Session 9 – Military Elites III

Session Moderator: Aysel Yildiz

Jacopo Pessina (University of Pisa)

The economic power of the local militia officers: the case of Lucca’s Republic

Simon Dorso (Lyon 2 University - CIHAM)

Decline of feudal nobility in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem: the 1157 agreement between Honfroy

of Toron and the Hospitallers

Stephen Bennett (Queen Mary, University of London)

Atavis et Armis, noble networks and the Order of St. Lazarus: the nature of elite participation from

northwest Europe in the Third Crusade

16:30 – 17:00

Concluding Remarks: Mehmet Ipsirli, Matthew Bennett, Tilemachos Loungis

Sunday 28 June

Scheduled visits to Rumeli Hisar, the Theodosian Walls and the Military Museum