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Professor of Byzantine Literature


Faculty of Philology, Department of Byzantine Literature and Folkloristics,
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis, 157. 84 Ilissia, Athens, Hellas.

Tel.: +30-210-7277732 (Hive 705)




Research Interests

  • Byzantine high-brow literature: rhetoric with an emphasis on homiletics, as well as hagiography, hymnography, poetry, grammatical literature.
  • Palaeography, codicology and textual criticism. Critical editions.
  • Classical tradition in Byzantium.

Academic Appointments

  • August 2012 - : Professor of Byzantine Literature, Department of Philology, University of Athens, Greece
  • April 2008 - July 2012 : Associate Professor of Byzantine Literature, Department of Philology, University of Athens, Greece
  • May 2007-April 2008: Associate Professor of Byzantine Literature, Department of Philology, University of Patras, Greece.
  • July 2001-May 2007: Assistant Professor of Byzantine Literature, Department of Philology, University of Patras, Greece.
  • January 1997-June 2001: Lecturer in Byzantine Literature, Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus.
  • April-June (Trinity Term) 1995: Tutor in Byzantine Literature, St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
  • 2011-2012: Hellenic Open University, Adjunct Professor in Ancient Greek and Byzantine Literature

Education and Degrees

Lincoln College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

  • August 1993-September 1995: Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) in Byzantine Studies (Literature). Thesis: "The Homilies of the Emperor Leo VI. Prolegomena to a Critical Edition". Supervisor: Professor Cyril Mango.
  • October 1991-July 1993: Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Byzantine Studies.

National and Capodistrian University of Athens, Greece

  • October 1986-September 1990: B.A. (Ptychion) in Greek Literature with specialty in Classics, Department of Philology. Class: "Excellent" (9.10 out of 10).

Secondary Education

  • June 1986: High School Diploma (Apolyterion), Kallithea, Athens. Class: "Excellent" (20 out of 20)


  • 1991-1995: Postgraduate Scholarship in Byzantine Literature by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (I.K.Y.), awarded after successful participation in written examinations in May 1991.
  • 1992-1995: Lord Crewe's Scholarship by Lincoln College, University of Oxford, awarded on the basis of merit.
  • 1988-1990: Undergraduate Scholarships by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (I.K.Y.), awarded on the basis of merit.
  • 1981-1986: Secondary School Awards (Aristeion), Greek Ministry of Education.

Post-doctoral Research Fellowships, Awards & Distinctions

  • December 2009: Permanent member of the international advisory committee of the series of critical editions of Byzantine historical sources Corpus Fontium Historiae Byzantinae under the auspices of the International Association of Byzantine Studies; see the website of the Austrian Academy of Sciences:
  • December 2009: Award of the Academy of Athens for my book Leonis VI Sapientis imperatoris Byzantini Homiliae.
  • February-October 2006 (sabbatical leave) and July-September 2007: Alexander-von-Humboldt Research Fellowship held for 12 months at the Freie Universität Berlin (Institut für Griechische und Lateinische Philologie, Byzantinisch-Neugriechisches Seminar under the direction of Professor D.R. Reinsch).
  • July-August 2002: Centenary Bursary 2001-2002, British School of Archaeology at Athens, held at the University of Oxford in conjuction with a Visiting Fellowship at Linacre College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
  • May 1996-December 1996: Non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship, Linacre College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
  • September 1995-May 1996: Research Fellowship, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (Trustees for Harvard University), Washington, D.C., USA.

Papers & Research Projects

  • I have given a large number of papers, several of them invited, at international Byzantine conferences, symposia, workshops and seminars, which have taken place in various, mostly European, countries. Most of these papers have appeared in print.
  • I have also conducted research in the framework of a number of short-term research projects funded by the Universities in which I have held faculty positions. I have directed a three-year research project at the University of Patras, which provided research funds to doctoral students. I am currently a member of the advisory board of a four-year research project at the Dutch Protestant Theological University funded by the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research.

Co-founder & Co-editor of Scientific Journal

(together with colleagues from the Departments of Philology of the University of Athens and the University of Thessalonica, Greece)

Membership of Scientific Societies

  • Greek National Committee of the International Society for Byzantine Studies (Treasurer since April 2012).
  • Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies, United Kingdom.
  • Greek Palaeographical Society, Thessalonica, Greece.
  • Greek Papyrological Society, Athens, Greece.

List of Publications

A) Books

1) The Homilies of the Emperor Leo VI (Brill: The Medieval Mediterranean. Peoples, Economies and Cultures, 400–1453, 14), Leiden – New York – Cologne 1997, pp. X + 308. ISBN 90-04-10814-9. This study is a revised version of my doctoral thesis.

2) Leonis VI Sapientis imperatoris Byzantini Homiliae (Brepols: Corpus Christianorum. Series Graeca, 63), Turnhout, Belgium 2008, pp. 919 (CCXXX + 689). ISBN 978-2-503-40631-2. Critical edition of the 42 Homilies of the Emperor Leo VI on the basis of an extensive manuscript tradition.

3) Βυζαντινή Ομιλητική. Συγγραφείς και κείμενα, Αθήνα 2013, σελ. 485. ISBN: 978-960-93-4968-0.

4) (in co-operation with S. Paschalidis), Nicetas David of Paphlagonia, Life of St John Chrysostom. Editio princeps with Introduction and Indices (Centre for Byzantine Research, Byzantina Keimena kai Meletai), Thessalonica 2013 (forthcoming). 

B) Articles in Journals / Contributions to Books

5) «A New Palimpsest Manuscript of the Homilies of the Emperor Leo VI: Petropolitanus graecus 675», Byzantinische Zeitschrift 89 (1996), 1–10 and plate Ι.

6) «Verses in Praise of Leo VI», Byzantion 66 (1996), 281–284.

7) «An Epistolary Attributed to Leo the Wise», Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik 47 (1997), 73–79.

8) «Homiletic Activity in Constantinople around 900», in: M. Cunningham – P. Allen (ed.), Preacher and Audience. Studies in Early Christian and Byzantine Homiletics (Brill: A New History of the Sermon, 1), Leiden – Boston – Cologne 1998, 317–348.

9) «Ανέκδοτη ομιλία Ευθυμίου Α´ πατριάρχου Κωνσταντινουπόλεως εις τα Εισόδια της Θεοτόκου (BHG 1112q)» (= An Unpublished Homily of Euthymius I Patriarch of Constantinople on the Presentation of the Virgin [BHG 1112q]), Ελληνικά 48 (1998), 149–152.

10) «Ἕνας αὐτόπτης μάρτυρας τῆς Ἁλώσεως: Γεώργιος Σφραντζῆς» (= An Eye-witness of the Fall of Constantinople: George Sphrantzes), Λακωνικαὶ Σπουδαί 14 (1998), 105–118.

11) «A Quantitative Survey of the Christian-Byzantine Inscriptions of Ephesus and Thessalonica», in: H. Friesinger – F. Krinzinger (ed.), 100 Jahre Österreichische Forschungen in Ephesos. Akten des Symposions Wien 1995 (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, philos.-hist. Kl., Denkschriften, 260 = Archäologische Forschungen, 1), Vienna 1999, 169–178.

12) «´Ενα νέο χειρόγραφο του επιστολαρίου του Ψευδο-Λέοντος του Σοφού: ΕΒΕ 2429» (= A New Manuscript of the Epistolary of Ps. Leo the Wise: EBE 2429), Ελληνικά 49 (1999), 147–149.

13) «Rediscovering a Byzantine Preacher: The Case of George the Rhetor. With the editio princeps of his Homilies on All Saints and on Joachim and Anna», Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik 49 (1999), 161–176.

14) «Two Manuscript Collections of the Works of Gregory of Nyssa and the Identification of a Manuscript of Bessarion», Byzantinische Zeitschrift 93 (2000), 1–17 and 5 plates on pp. 18–22.

15) «Lexicographical Addenda from the Homilies of the Emperor Leo VI», Byzantion 70 (2000), 9–24.

16) «Ο πανηγυρικός λόγος του πατριάρχη Ευθυμίου Α´ για τον Απόστολο Θωμά» (= The Panegyric of Patriarch Euthymius I on the Apostle Thomas), Βυζαντινά 22 (2001), 95–112.

17) «Η Ομιλητική και η θέση της σε μία νέα ιστορία της βυζαντινής λογοτεχνίας» (= Homiletics and its Place in a New History of Byzantine Literature), in: P. Odorico – P. A. Agapitos (ed.), Pour une “nouvelle” histoire de la littérature byzantine. Problèmes, méthodes, approches, propositions. Actes du colloque international philologique Nicosie, 25-28 mai 2000 (Centre Pierre Belon, Dossiers Byzantins, 1), Paris 2002, 117–137. See below, publication no. 35.

18) (in co-operation with S. Paschalidis), «´Ενα ανέκδοτο κείμενο της μεσοβυζαντινής αγιολογίας: Ο Βίος του Χρυσοστόμου του Νικήτα Παφλαγόνος» (= An Unpublished Text of Middle Byzantine Hagiography: The Life of John Chrysostom by Nicetas the Paphlagonian), in: Λόγια και δημώδης γραμματεία του ελληνικού Μεσαίωνα. Αφιέρωμα στον Εύδοξο Θ. Τσολάκη. Πρακτικά Θ´ Επιστημονικής Συνάντησης του Τομέα Μεσαιωνικών και Νέων Ελληνικών Σπουδών του Αριστοτελείου Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλονίκης (11–13 Μαΐου 2000), Thessalonica 2002, 111–122.

19) «The Orthographical Kanons of Nicetas of Heraclea», Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik 53 (2003), 171–185.

20) «A Kanon on St Nicholas by Manuel Philes», Revue des Études Byzantines 62 (2004), 197–213.

21) «Photios Deacon and Skeuophylax of the Holy Apostles and his Encomium on St Luke the Evangelist», Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik 55 (2005), 7–42.

22) «Eustathius of Antioch and a Fragment Attributed to Patriarch Photius», The Journal of Theological Studies n.s. 57 (2006), 546–550.

23) «Unpublished Scholia on the Apostle Paul and John Climacus by the Emperor Leo VI», in: M. Hinterberger – E. Schiffer (ed.), Byzantinische Sprachkunst. Studien zur byzantinischen Literatur gewidmet Wolfram Hörandner zum 65. Geburtstag (Walter de Gruyter: Byzantinisches Archiv, 20), Berlin – New York 2007, 20–34.

24) «The “Brief Exegesis of John Climacus᾽ Heavenly Ladder” by Nikephoros Kallistos Xanthopoulos. Remarks on its Nature and Sources», Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik 57 (2007), 149–168.

25) «Τρία ελληνικά χειρόγραφα της Βιβλιοθήκης του Πανεπιστημίου Κύπρου» (= Three Greek Manuscripts in the Library of the University of Cyprus), Ελληνικά 58 (2008), 293-309 and 4 plates on pp. 310-313.

26) «Ancient Greek Authors in Byzantium: The Case of the Homilies of the Emperor Leo VI», in: E. Karamalengou – E. Makrygianni (ed.), Ἀντιφίλησις. Studies on Classical, Byzantine and Modern Greek Literature and Culture In Honour of John-Theophanes A. Papademetriou (Franz Steiner Verlag), Stuttgart 2009, 551–557.

27) «Commenting on a Homily: A Poem by Manuel Philes», Byzantion 79 (2009), 25–36.

28) «The Metrical Passions of SS. Theodore Tiron and Theodore Stratelates in cod. Laura Λ 170 and the grammatikos Merkourios», in: S. Kotzabassi – G. Mavromatis (ed.), Realia byzantina (Walter de Gruyter: Byzantinisches Archiv, 22), Berlin – New York 2009, 1–11.

29) «On the Reception of Homilies and Hagiography in Byzantium: The Recited Metrical Prefaces», in: A. Rhoby – E. Schiffer (ed.), Imitatio – Aemulatio – Variatio. Akten des internationalen wissenschaftlichen Symposions zur byzantinischen Sprache und Literatur (Wien, 22.-25. Oktober 2008) (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, philos.-hist. Kl., Denkschriften, 402 = Veröffentlichungen zur Byzanzforschung, 21), Vienna 2010, 57–79 (Α4).

30) «The date of Theognostos᾽ Orthography: A reappraisal», Byzantinische Zeitschrift 103 (2010), 1-12.

31) «Ανώνυμο ποίημα για την αγία Βαρβάρα από τον κώδ. Barocci 197» (= An Anonymous Poem on St Barbara in cod. Barocci 197), in: T. Korres – P. Katsoni – I. Leontiadis – A. Goutzioukostas (ed.), Φιλοτιμία. Τιμητικός τόμος για την ομότιμη καθηγήτρια Αλκμήνη Σταυρίδου-Ζαφράκα (Vanias), Thessalonica 2011, 69-74.

32) «A Survey of Tenth-Century Homiletic Literature», Parekbolai. An Electronic Journal for Byzantine Literature 1 (2011), 7-36.

33) «A textual source and its contextual implications: On Theodore Daphnopates’ sermon On the Birth of John the Baptist», Byzantion 81 (2011), 9-17.

34) «George Skylitzes’ Office on the Translation of the Holy Stone: A Study and Critical Edition», in: S. Kotzabassi (ed.), The Pantokrator Monastery in Constantinople (Walter de Gruyter: Byzantinisches Archiv, 27), Berlin – New York 2013, 109-141 and Plate 1.

35) «Byzantine Homiletics: An Introduction to the Field and its Study» with a «Postscript», in: K. Spronk – G. Rouwhorst – S. Royé (εκδ.), A Catalogue of Byzantine Manuscripts in their Liturgical Context: Challenges and Perspectives. Collected Papers resulting from the expert meeting of the Catalogue of Byzantine Manuscripts programme held at the PThU in Kampen, the Netherlands on 6th-7th November 2009 (Brepols: CBM-Subsidia, 1), Turnhout 2013, 183-198.

36) «“What agreement has the temple of God with idols?” Christian Homilies, Ancient Myths, and the “Macedonian Renaissance”», Byzantinische Zeitschrift 106 (2013), 595–620.

37) «Ανέκδοτοι στίχοι για την Κλίμακα του Ιωάννη του Σιναΐτη» (= Unpublished Verses on the Heavenly Ladder of John the Sinaite), in: T. Kolias – K. Pitsakis (ed.), Festschrift for Professor E. Chrysos (Εθνικό Ίδρυμα Ερευνών), Athens (forthcoming).

C. Lemmata in Scientific Encyclopaedias

38) a. «Leo VI, Byzantine emperor», New Catholic Encyclopedia, Second Edition (Catholic University of America 2003), vol. 8, 473–474.

b. «Theodora, Byzantine empress (1)», New Catholic Encyclopedia, Second Edition (Catholic University of America 2003), vol. 13, 869–871.

39) 19 lemmas in: M. Grünbart – A. Riehle (ed.), Neues Tusculum-Lexikon byzantinischer Autoren (forthcoming):

i. Homiletik, ii. Elias monachos, iii. Georgios rhetor, iv. Gregorios von Kaisareia, v. Gregorios repherendarios, vi. Konstantinos von Tios, vii. Leon V, viii. Merkourios, ix. Michael Synkellos I, x. Michael Synkellos II, xi. Michael monachos von Studios, xii. Petros von Argos, xiii. Photios diakonos, xiv. Plotinos, xv. Proklos, xvi. Theodoros Bestes, xvii. Theophanes von Kaisareia, xviii. Theophanes Protothronos, xix. Theophanios von Kaisareia

D. Book Reviews

40) K. Kyriakou, Οἱ ἱστορημένοι χρησμοὶ τοῦ Λέοντος ς ´ τοῦ Σοφοῦ. Χειρόγραφη παράδοση καὶ ἐκδόσεις κατὰ τοὺς ΙΕ´ – ΙΘ´ αἰῶνες (Σύλλογος πρὸς Διάδοσιν Ὠφελίμων Βιβλίων), Athens 1995, in: Ἐπετηρίδα Ἑταιρείας Βυζαντινῶν Σπουδῶν 49 (1994–1998), 291–294.

41) E. Trapp et al., Lexikon zur byzantinischen Gräzität, besonders des 9.–12. Jahrhunderts, 3. Faszikel (δυσαφής–ζωόσοφος) (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, philos.-hist. Kl., Denkschriften, 276 = Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für Byzantinistik, VI 3), Vienna 1999, in: Byzantion 70 (2000), 331–332.

42) A.-M. Talbot (ed.), Byzantine Defenders of Images. Eight Saints’ Lives in English Translation (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Byzantine Saints’ Lives in Translation, 2), Washington, D.C. 1998, in Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik 50 (2000), 372–374.

43) J. Schneider, Les traités orthographiques grecs antiques et byzantins, Turnhout 1999, in: Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik 56 (2006), 306–309.

44) M. Loukaki – C. Jouanno, Discours annuels en l’honneur du Patriarche Georges Xiphilin (Collège de France - CNRS. Centre de recherche d’histoire et civilisation de Byzance, Monographies, 18), Paris 2005, in: Byzantinische Zeitschrift 100 (2007), 45–48.

45) S. N. Troianos, Οι Νεαρές Λέοντος ς ´ του Σοφού. Προλεγόμενα, κείμενο, απόδοση στη νεοελληνική, ευρετήρια και επίμετρο, Athens 2007, in: Βυζαντινά Σύμμεικτα 19 (2009), 299-304.

46) V. Somers, B. Kindt et Cental, Thesaurus Iosephi Genesii aliarumque Chronographiarum Anonymarum (Corpus Christianorum, Thesaurus Patrum Graecorum, 22), Turnhout 2009, in: Le Muséon 123 (2010) 229–231 (= 122 [2009] 474–476).

47) A. Giannouli, Die beiden byzantinischen Kommentare zum Großen Kanon des Andreas von Kreta. Eine quellenkritische und literarhistorische Studie (Wiener Byzantinistische Studien, 26), Vienna 2007, in: Byzantinische Zeitschrift 103 (2010), 795–800.

48) G. T. Dennis, The Taktika of Leo VI. Text, Translation, and Commentary (Dumbarton Oaks Texts, 12 / Corpus Fontium Historiae Byzantinae, 49), Washington, D.C. 2010, in: Byzantinische Zeitschrift 104 (2011), 753–757.

49) A. Giannouli – Ε. Schiffer (ed.), From Manuscripts to Books. Proceedings of the International Workshop on Textual Criticism and Editorial Practice for Byzantine Texts (Vienna, 10 – 11 December 2009) / Vom Codex zur Edition. Akten des internationalen Arbeitstreffens zu Fragen der Textkritik und Editionspraxis byzantinischer Texte (Wien, 10.-11. Dezember 2009) (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophisch-historische Klasse, Denkschriften, 431 / Veröffentlichungen zur Byzanzforschung, 29), Vienna 2011, in: Βυζαντινά Σύμμεικτα 22 (2012), 375-381.