Dr Dionysios Stathakopoulos
Lecturer in Byzantine Studies
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1596
Address Centre for Hellenic Studies & Department of Classics & Department of History
C10, North Wing
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS
I read Byzantine and Medieval History in Muenster, where I obtained my first degree. I took my doctorate at the University of Vienna with a thesis on Famines and Epidemics in late Antiquity now published by Ashgate. I have taught at the University of Vienna and the Central European University in Budapest.
Research Interests and PhD supervision
Wealth and its uses in the late Byzantine empire (1261-1453)
Poverty and social stratification
I am preparing a book on wealth and its uses in the late Byzantine empire (1261-1453), particularly investments in afterlife management strategies such as charity and the cult of remembrance. Furthermore, I am interested in the study of poverty and social stratification. For an overview see this recent publication: The Kindness of Strangers. Charity in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean. I am part of an international team that was recently granted a major award from the Leverhulme Trust for the research Project Damned in Hell in the Frescoes of Venetian-dominated Crete (13th- 17th centuries). I am equally part of a King's team working on a pilot project entitled Register Medicorum Medii Aevi funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation.
I am interested in supervising students in:
Late Antique and Byzantine History
History of medicine
For more details, please see my full research profile
Dionysios Stathakopoulos (2011) 'John the Physician's Therapeutics: A Medical Handbook in Vernacular Greek' Medical History, 55 (1), pp. 120-121.
[Book Review (Print)]
Dionysios Stathakopoulos (2010) 'Constantinople: Capital of Byzantium' HISTORIAN (US), 72 (1), pp. 224-225.
[Book Review (Print)]
Dionysios Stathakopoulos (2009) 'The dialectics of expansion and retraction: recent scholarship on the Palaiologan aristocracy' BYZANTINE AND MODERN GREEK STUDIES, 33 (1), pp. 92-101.
[Article in print Journal]
Dionysios Stathakopoulos (2007) 'Crime and Punishment: The Plague in the Byzantine Empire, 541-749 ', in Plague and the End of Antiquity: The Pandemic of 541-750 pp. 99-118
Stathakopoulos, Dionysios, Gruenbart, Michael, Muthesius, Anna, Kislinger, Ewald (2007) Material Culture and Well–Being in Byzantium (400–1453). Vienna: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
[Edited book in print]
For a complete list of publications, please see my full research profile
Expertise and Public Engagement
5AABZ319 The Byzantine Empire, 600-1453
5AAH1030 Medicine in Western Civilization I
7AABMB12 One God, One Sea: Byzantium & Islam, 600-800
A recent balloon debate at the Petchey Academy on the impact of the individual in the History of Medicine. The balloon passengers were: Hippocrates, Galen, Thomas Willis and Mary Seacole. I was Hippocrates and I survived. You can listen to or download the podcast here.
A short contribution on the Greek understanding of solstices for the Radio 4 programme "Making History". You can listen to it here.
Collaboration with EMMA: A Research Program on Emotions in the Middle Ages here.