Dr Daniel Reynolds

Dr Daniel Reynolds

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies
Lecturer in Byzantine History

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Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Daniel Reynolds is Lecturer in Byzantine History with research interests in the material and visual culture of the Byzantine empire, the Byzantine and early Islamic Levant (c.350-c.1099), “iconoclasm” and the history of peasant and non-elite communities (c.400-1000).  He is also currently co-director of the project “At the Crossroads of Empires:  the Longobard Church of Sant’Ambrogio at Montecorvino Rovella (Salerno)”.


  • BA (EU), Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester and Universitat de València (2007)
  • MA Byzantine Studies, University of Birmingham (2008)
  • PhD Byzantine Studies, University of Birmingham (2014)


I received my Bachelor’s degree in Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Leicester. Following a year at the Universitat de València, Spain, where I developed a passion for all things ‘medieval’, and another working in field archaeology and social services, I moved to the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies to pursue an MA in Byzantine Studies. My postgraduate experience at the Centre further cemented my interest in the late antique and early medieval Levant and so I stayed to pursue a PhD, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which I submitted in September 2013 and successfully defended in March 2014.

I was formerly employed as a Postgraduate Teaching Fellow in the School of History and Cultures where I taught a number of undergraduate courses on Archaeology, Late Antique and Medieval History and the material culture of the East Mediterranean. In the year 2013/14, I was also the co-curator of the Faith and Fortune exhibition on display at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and have subsequently mentored postgraduate students at the University of Birmingham and other Midlands3Cities institutions in the curation of two exhibitions Excavating Empire: The Forgotten Archive of Mount Sinai and Excavating Empire: David Talbot Rice and the Rediscovery of Byzantium.

Between September 2014 and 2017 I was employed as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre on my project ‘Forging the Christian Holy Land 330-1099’ the subject of my first monograph which is scheduled for submission in September 2017.


My teaching experience ranges from late antique/early medieval and early Islamic Archaeology, Art History and History, to broader surveys of the late antique and early medieval Mediterranean. I have taught on broad surveys of Byzantine history (c.250-c.900) and Late Antiquity (c.200-c.650) (East and West) with more specialised courses on the history of the Levant from the late Roman to the Fatimid period, art and architecture in the medieval Mediterranean and urban life in the Mediterranean 300-1000.

Postgraduate teaching 2015-2017

  • Approaches to Medieval Studies
  • Byzantine Art and Architecture
  • Global History
  • Methodologies in Byzantine Studies

Undergraduate teaching 2015-2017

  • Art and Society in the Medieval Mediterranean 330-1204
  • Barbarians and the Transformation of the Roman World (250-600)
  • Byzantium, the Transformation of the Roman World and the Rise of Islam (330-850)
  • Cities and Monuments in the Medieval Mediterranean
  • Discovering the Early Middle Ages
  • Forging the Christian Holy Land, 300-1099
  • Late Antiquity
  • Living in the Medieval World, 1050-1500

Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised and co-supervised a number of MA dissertations and doctoral theses. Past topics have included relics and ‘pilgrim souvenirs’ in the early medieval west, social care in the early Byzantine empire, the Justinianic plague and Middle Byzantine stucco.   I am interested in supervising a range of topics connected with the themes below.

  • Byzantine material and visual culture
  • Non-elite communities
  • Identity
  • Iconoclasm
  • Provincial life
  • The Byzantine and early Islamic Levant
  • Pilgrimage and monasticism
  • Gender

Find out more - our PhD Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


My research focuses on the social and economic history of the Byzantium in the period c.300-c.1100, with particular interest in Byzantine and early Islamic Syria, Israel/Palestine and Jordan as well as southern Italy. My main interest is in the history and archaeology of the Christian communities of these regions in the early Middle Ages, which I use as a springboard from which to discuss broader patterns of diplomatic, economic and human contact across the early medieval Mediterranean and central Europe. I address these themes using a multidisciplinary approach, harnessing my expertise in archaeology and material culture, combined with additional strengths in numismatics, epigraphy and my familiarity with the traditions of Greek and Arabic historical texts. In more recent years I have developed further interests and publications in iconoclasm in the Mediterranean c.700-c.900 as well as questions of identity in Byzantine and post-Byzantine provincial contexts (c.500-1100), and peasant communities in the Mediterranean, where I have collaborated with colleagues based in Vienna, Princeton, Oxford and Tate Britain.

I am also currently the co-director of the project “At the Crossroads of Empires:  the Longobard Church of Sant’Ambrogio at Montecorvino Rovella (Salerno)”.  This is a British Academy funded project, collaborating with Dr. Francesca Dell'Acqua, (Università di Salerno/ Birmingham) and Prof. Chiara Lambert (Università di Salerno), and a number of higher education intuitions across the UK, Italy and the Czech Republic. The project will conduct a full archaeological and historical analysis of the ninth-century Longobard Church of Sant’Ambrogio, Montecorvino Rovella. The project will also work closely with UNESCO and the European Commission with the aim of incorporating Sant’Ambrogio within its World Heritage List, ‘Italia Langobardorum’. https://crossroadsofempires.com/

Other activities

I am currently on the executive committee for the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies and also contribute to the Early Career Researcher Network for the College of Arts and Law and Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham.  In addition, I have sat on the committees of two management bodies in the Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages (CESMA) and the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies (CBOMGS). 


  • Reynolds, D (scheduled for submission 2017) Forging the Christian Holy Land, 330-1099.

Co-authored books

Chapters in Books (Peer Reviewed)

  • Reynolds, D. (in press).  ‘Death of a Patriarch: the murder of John VII in 966 and the question of the Melkite minority’, in W. Pohl and R. Kraemer (eds.), Empires and Communities (London: Routledge) 
  • Reynolds, D. (in press). ‘Byzantium from below: rural identity in Byzantine Palaestina and Arabia, 500-630’, in Y. Stouraitis and J. Haldon (eds.); Ideologies and identities in the medieval Byzantine world (De Gruyter, Millennium-Studien: Berlin), pagination TBC.
  • Reynolds, D. (in press).’Silent Partners: Christians in the Early Islamic Economy’. In H. Kennedy and F. Bessard (eds), The Early Islamic Economy. Oxford University Press.
  • Reynolds, D. (2018).  ‘The Christian World of Late Antiquity 300-600’, in D. Thomas (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Christian-Muslim Relations (London: Routledge), 11-22.
  • Reynolds, D (2015). ‘Monasticism in early Islamic Palestine: contours of debate’, in R. Hoyland (ed.), The late antique world of early Islam: Muslims among Christians and Jews in the East Mediterranean (Darwin Press: London), 339-91.

Journal articles (peer reviewed)

  • Reynolds, D (2017) ‘Rethinking Palestinian Iconoclasm’, Dumbarton Oaks Papers 71, 1-62.  
  • Reynolds, D. (with Darley, R) (2015) ‘Exhibiting coins as economic artefacts: curating historical interpretation in faith and fortune: visualizing the divine on Byzantine and early Islamic coinage (Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, November 2013-January 2015). Journal of Art Historiography 13, 1-23.
  • Reynolds, D (with Darby, P) (2014) ‘Reassessing the ‘Jerusalem Pilgrims’: the Case of Bede’s De locis sanctis’, Bulletin for the Council for British Research in the Levant 9.1, 27-31.

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