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Dr Dionysios Stathakopoulos

Dr Dionysios Stathakopoulos

Dr Dionysios StathakopoulosSenior Lecturer in Byzantine Studies

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1596
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 Mediidio 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.
Selected Publications
  • 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


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