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Dr Dionysios Stathakopoulos

Dr Dionysios Stathakopoulos

Dr Dionysios StathakopoulosSenior Lecturer in Byzantine Studies

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1596
Address Department of Classics & Department of History
Room 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
  • Social History of the Byzantine Empire
  • History of medicine with special emphasis on physicians and hospitals

I am preparing a monograph 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. This project is supported by two research grants from the Leverhulme Trust and the Gerda Henkel Stiftung. Furthermore, I am interested in the study of poverty and social stratification. For an overview see the volume I edited: The Kindness of Strangers. Charity in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean. I am part of an international team that was 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). The ensuing monograph will be published in 2019 by Cambridge University Press. I was 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 medieval medicine
For more details, please see my full research profile.
Selected Publications
  • A Short History of the Byzantine Empire (London, I.B. Tauris, 2014); translated into Estonian and Modern Greek. See www.
  • (editor; with G. Saint-Guillain) Liquid & Multiple: Individuals & Identities in the Thirteenth-Century Aegean, Association des amis du Centre d’histoire et civilisation de Byzance, (Paris 2012).
  • (editor) The Kindness of Strangers. Charity in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean, Centre for Hellenic Studies Occasional Publications 2, (London 2007).
  • Famine and Pestilence in the Late Roman and Early Byzantine Empire. A System­atic Survey of Subsistence Crises and Epidemics, Birmingham Byzantine and Otto­man Monographs 9, (Aldershot 2004).
  • ‘On whose authority? Regulating medical practice in the twelfth and early thirteenth century’ in Authority in Byzantium, ed. P. Armstrong (Farnham, Ashgate 2013) 227-238.
I teach modules on the History of the Byzantine Empire, the history of ancient and medieval medicine, and the reception of Classical antiquity.
Expertise and Public Engagement


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