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Dr Tassos Papacostas

Dr Tassos Papacostas

Senior Lecturer in Byzantine Material Culture

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1292
Address Department of Classics
C11, North Wing
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS



After qualifying as an architect in Paris (DPLG) I turned to things Byzantine and obtained an MA in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at King's. This was followed by an MPhil at the University of Oxford where I also completed my doctoral thesis, on the archaeology of Byzantine Cyprus (2000).

Following a Past and Present Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research (University of London), in 2001 I joined as a Research Associate the Prosopography of the Byzantine World, a British Academy project based here at King's. In 2006 I obtained an RCUK fellowship in the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies that led to my current appointment in 2011.

Research interests and PhD supervision

My research interests include the archaeology, architecture and economic history of Byzantium and the Levant from late antiquity to the late medieval period. I am particularly interested in the historiography of Byzantine and Crusader art, on the impact and manifestations of Venetian (and Renaissance) architecture in the Eastern Mediterranean, and the evolution of settlement patterns and urban development.

I am currently working on aspects of the architectural production of Venetian Cyprus and on the fate of the island's cities in the Byzantine period. I welcome applications for PhD topics related to any of my research interests.

For more details, please see his full research profile.

Selected publications
  • iBCC Inventory of Byzantine churches on Cyprus: Materials for an architectural study (London 2015): a database of mid-7th to late 12th-century monuments, available at
  • (With Guillaume Saint-Guillain) Identity/identities in late medieval Cyprus. Papers given at the ICS Byzantine colloquium, London 13-14 June 2011 (Nicosia: Cyprus Research Centre, 2014).
  • ‘Monastic estates in the middle Byzantine period: evidence from Cyprus for local and overseas landowners’, in M. Grünbart and S. Rogge (eds), Cyprus in medieval times. A place of cultural encounter. Proceedings of the conference held at Münster, 6-8 December 2012, Schriften des Instituts für Interdisziplinäre Zypern-Studien 10 (Münster: Waxmann, 2015) 121-146. 
  • ‘Neapolis – Nemesos – Limassol: The rise of a Byzantine settlement from Late Antiquity to the time of the Crusades’, in A. Nicolaou-Konnari and C. Schabel (eds), Lemesos: A history of Limassol in Cyprus from Antiquity to the Ottoman conquest (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2015) 96-188.
For a complete list of publications, please see his full research profile.
Expertise and public engagement
Convenor of the Centre for Hellenic Studies seminar in Late Antique and Byzantine studies
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