Postgraduate research: Byzantine studies

Stephania Skartsis
Chlemoutsi and its pottery. Frankish and Post-Byzantine periods (13th-19th c.) The subject of the thesis is the analysis and interpretation of the pottery found in Chlemoutsi (Peloponnese) during the recent excavations of the Greek Archaeological Service, and the study of the information it provides on the history of the castle and its relations with other sites.

Ioanna Koukounis
Settlement patterns and defences on Mount Amani, NW Chios: 11th – 16th c.
The topic deals with the Byzantine and Genoese rural settlement pattern and defences of the northwest province of Chios island, Greece. It considers the village evolution and defensive system from the Late Byzantine period (?) to the Turkish conquest of the island in the mid sixteenth century. The ecclesiastical history is also considered as the area was an independent exarchate.

Frouke Schrijver
The Palaiologan Court. Cultural transfer between Byzantium, the Ottoman Empire and the West (1261-1453)
My research focuses on the Palaiologan court as a whole. Besides sketching a picture of this court I will look into the process of the Palaiologan search for its own cultural identity and the possible ‘influence’ of the Palaiologan court on the Ottoman and Western courts and vice versa.

Helen Wood
Byzantium in transition: gender and crisis in seventh-century Byzantium
Byzantium in transition:  how the crisis and transformation of the empire in the seventh century affected perceptions of gender.  The political and economic changes have been studied yet the impact of these changes on the role of men, women and eunuchs has received little attention.

Eirini Panou
St.Anne in the Byzantine world
My research focuses on the figure of St.Anne and her veneration in the Byzantine world. I look at the nature of her worship and the ways in which it was expressed, such as in artistic representations, relics, textual evidence and topography.

Andriopoulou Stavroula
Diplomatic communication between Byzantium and the West during the time of the last Palaiologoi: 1354-1453
The main focus of my research is the diplomatic communication between Byzantium and the West during the last hundred years of the Byzantine Empire, looking into issues of travel, prosopography and the profile of the late Byzantine ambassador, and unique diplomatic practices during that period, such as the emperors as their own ambassadors.

Kyle Sinclair
The Byzantine Military Manuals in Theory and Practice
The reality behind the Byzantine military manuals, which, although providing insight into Byzantine military theory, have yet to be established as being indicative of actual Middle Byzantine warfare.  Concerns comparing the idealistic advice in the manuals with textual and visual sources that offer accurate depictions of Byzantine warfare. 

Christos Malatras
Social relations and perceptions in 14th century Byzantium
There will be a thorough examination of the sources of the 14th century focusing at the Patriarchal documents, in order to understand and explain the various social relations that govern the people’s life and how Byzantines perceived these relationships and the accompanying set of social order.

Peter Jancar
Imperial Regime and Military Aristocracy in Byzantium during the Macedonian Dynasty
The aim of the research is to explore how the imperial ideology and day to day policy of imperial government influenced the political orientation of military aristocracy. The thesis focuses on the development of regional identity and the perception the Byzantine central government and provincial aristocracy had of one another.

Eve Davies
Birth, life and death in Byzantium 6th-12th century
My PhD looks at the social construction of life stages in the East Roman Empire, 6th-12th century.  Across this period, perceptions of age and aging, and the impact of status and gender on these perceptions, shift. Changes in the construction of the Byzantine life course tell us a great deal about identity, familial roles and societal responsibilities.

Greg Landels
The Greek presence in Rome in the early Eleventh Century; its implications and consequences for relations between Rome and Constantinople
An examination of the roles and status of Greek individuals present in Rome in the early Eleventh Century. A key focus of this study will be the presence of Greek religious figures and institutions in Rome and their interaction with Roman society. These case studies will be used to understand the full complexity, often oversimplified, of the relationship between Rome and Byzantium.