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Dr Foteini Spingou
MPhil DPhil Oxf


Monumental Art of the Christian and Early Islamic East (ERC project), Faculty of Classics
Research Associate (Late Antique Egyptian Art and Manuscripts), Faculty of Classics


The Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies

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Dr Foteini Spingou


Dr. Spingou studied Classics in Athens (Ptychion, 2007) and completed her studies in a postgraduate level at Oxford (MPhil in LABS, 2010, DPhil in MML, 2013) with the support of the A.G. Leventis Foundation, A. Onassis Foundation, and the Foundation for Education and European Culture. She has been awarded fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection of Harvard University (2013-2014), the Department of Art & Archaeology of Princeton University (2014-2015), and the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies of the University of Toronto (2015-2016). In September 2016, she returned to Oxford to undertake her role as a Research Associate at the ERC-funded project "Monumental Art of the Christian and Early Islamic East: Cultural Identities and Classical Heritage" (Principal Investigator: Judith McKenzie).

Research Keywords:

Art and Literature in Late Antiquity and Byzantium; Manuscript Studies; Epigraphy; Reception in Art; Memory Studies; Egypt; Constantinople.

Research Interests:

Dr. Spingou's wide interest in cultural history of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans drive her exploration on aspects of the literary and artistic production in Late Antiquity and Later Byzantium. Her first monograph (Poetry for the Komnenoi) is a ground-breaking study of a vast anthology of twelfth-century poetry that survives in a single manuscript (MS. Marc. gr. 524). Dr. Spingou is also the editor of a major volume with primary sources on Byzantine Art and Aesthetics translated and discussed by fifty-seven scholars. The volume (to appear in the series Texts on Byzantine Art and Aesthetics) covers the period between 1081 and 1330s and argues, among others, for a new periodization of the Byzantine Cultural History. Her numerous articles cover a range of topics, from Byzantine Poetry and Letter-writing, the phenomenon of Holy Men, Comparative Cultural History and Political Theologies, to questions of Medieval Memory and Byzantine Manuscripts. She has further published scholarly contributions on Medieval mathematics, artistic materials (such as pigments) and middle-Byzantine epigraphy.
In her current post, Dr. Spingou addresses questions of identity and (cultural and collective) memory in a time of transition from paganism to Christianity and Islam at the region of Egypt. Focusing on the style, composition, and special features of painted scenes on textiles, manuscripts, private house, churches and monasteries of Egyptian and non-Egyptian origin, her work scrutinizes different avenues from which Classical motifs and images known from an Eastern Antiquity have been transmitted in time and space.

Full Publications:

Click here for a downloadable pdf of full publications:  Foteini_Spingou_Publications_Sept2016.pdf