Panagiota Mantouvalou

Panagiota Mantouvalou

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies
Doctoral Researcher

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Title of thesis:  Athens in Late Antiquity and Byzantium

Supervisors: Daniel Reynolds and Maeve McHugh


  • BA in Archaeology and History of Art (AUTH 2015)
  • MA in Antiquity: Byzantine Pathway (UOB 2017)
  • Working Experience in:
  • Numismatic Museum in Athens (2014)
  • Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki (2015)
  • Department of Modern and Contemporary Monuments (2015)


  • High School Diploma, Geitonas School, Athens, 2009.
  • BA in Archaeology and History of Art, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2015.
  • MA in Antiquity: Byzantine Pathway, University of Birmingham, 2017.
  • Languages: Latin, Ancient, Medieval & Modern Greek, German, English, French & BSL.
  • Internship at the Numismatic Museum in Athens, Greece, 2014.
  • Volunteer at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2015.
  • Volunteer at the Greek Parliament’s Library, 2015.
  • Volunteer at the Department of Modern and Contemporary Monuments, Greek Ministry of Culture, 2015.
  • Volunteer at the Agora Excavation Project, American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece. 2018, 2021.
  • New Testament Greek Manuscript Transcriber for the CATENA Project, Department of Philosophy, Theology & Religion, University of Birmingham, 2018-2022.
  • Postgraduate Teaching Associate, University of Birmingham 2019, 2021.
  • Mentor for MA/MRes and PhD students in SHaC, CAL, University of Birmingham 2020, 2022.
  • Copy Editor for Rosetta, the Postgraduate Journal of CAHA, CAL, University of Birmingham 2019-2020.
  • General Editor of Diogenes, the Postgraduate Journal of CBOMGS, CAL, University of Birmingham 2020, 202


  • Taught Modern Greek to other postgraduate students at CBOMGS, University of Birmingham.
  • Tutored Ancient Greek to high school students.
  • Taught Greek Mythology and Epigraphy to elementary and high school students.
  • Currently Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in CAHA, CAL, University of Birmingham.

Doctoral research


My research examines the area of city centre Athens in Greece and how the urban space and the social life changed throughout the centuries. My research timeframe begins with the Roman conquest of Athens in 86 BC and ends with the Latin conquest of the city in AD 1204. Roman Athens was late to adopt Christianity compared to other large civic centres in the Byzantine Empire. In addition, due to its location, the ancient sources do not often directly mention Athens in their texts. This led many scholars into thinking that Athens had long periods of abandonment or that it lost its significance during its Byzantine history. However, archaeological evidence indicates that Athens did not only have a continuous inhabitation, but that it also created a regional culture, which expanded and thrived, affecting nearby areas as well. My research will examine various themes in the above timeframe to understand better the economy and the social life of Athens in Late Antiquity and Byzantium.

Other activities

  • Late Antique Athens (paper) CBOMGS Postgraduate Colloquium, University of Birmingham, 2018.
  • Athens under Justinian (paper) GEM Postgraduate Society, University of Birmingham, 2019.
  • The Library of Hadrian (paper) Rosetta Postgraduate Society 2019, University of Birmingham, 2019.
  • The Athenian Elite in Late Antiquity and Byzantium, CAHA Postgraduate Colloquium, University of Birmingham, 2021.
  • The Christianization of Roman Athens, “Transitions” Bristol CMS Postgraduate Colloquium, 2022.
  • Images of Research Competition, University of Birmingham, 2019.
  • Research Poster Competition, University of Birmingham, 2022.
  • Member of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies.
  • Medieval Greek Reading Group Seminar Series, University of Birmingham.
  • Co-Organizer of the 21st Annual Postgraduate Colloquium for CBOMGS, University of Birmingham, 2021.
  • Vice President of GEM, University of Birmingham 2018-2019.
  • Treasurer of GEM, University of Birmingham 2019-2020.
  • Co-organized the exhibition “The Last Roman Emperor”, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, 2018.
  • Study trips in Greece and Turkey.


  • Report on excavation summer program with ASCSA in Athens, Greece, Diogenes Journal 2018/19. 
  • Greek Manuscripts in Birmingham: A Catalogue, The Byzantine Review 4, 2022.