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Dr Peter Frankopan
MA Camb, MA DPhil Oxf, FRSA, FRHistS


Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, Faculty of Classics
Senior Research Fellow, Worcester College


Worcester College
Walton Street


Dr Peter Frankopan


Dr. Peter Frankopan is Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College. He specialises in the history of the Byzantine Empire in the 10-13th Centuries, and in the history of Asia Minor, Russia and the Balkans. He works on medieval Greek literature and rhetoric, and on diplomatic and cultrual exchange between Constantinople and the islamic world, western Europe and the principalities of southern Russia.

Research Keywords:

Byzantium and its neighbours; the Komnenoi; medieval Greek and Latin literature; heresy; Islam and the West; Central Asia; national identities; state formation in the medieval world

Selected Publications:

'Turning Latin into Greek: Anna Komnene and the Gesta Roberti Wiscardi', Journal of Medieval History, Vol: 39, (2013).

The First Crusade: The Call from the East , (London 2012), Notes: shortlisted for the Criticos Award and for the Gladstone History Prize.

'The Literary, Cultural and Political Context for the Twelfth-century Commentary on the Nicomachean Ethics', in Medieval Greek Commentaries on the Nicomachean Ethics , C. Barber (ed.), (2009), 45-62.

'Where Advice meets Criticism in 11th Century Byzantium: Theophylact of Ohrid, John the Oxite and their (re)presentations to the Emperor', Al-Masaq, Vol: 20, (2008), 71-88.

'The Literary, Cultural and Political Context for the Twelfth-century Commentary on the Nicomachean Ethics', English Historical Review , Vol: 495, (2007), 1-34.

'Challenges to imperial authority in the reign of Alexios I Komnenos: the conspiracy of Nikephoros Diogenes', Byzantinoslavica, Vol: 64, (2006), 257-74.

'The fall of Nicaea and the towns of western Asia Minor to the Turks in the later 11th Century: the curious case of Nikephoros Melissenos', Byzantion, Vol: 76, (2006), 153-84.

Who was 'Devgenevich' of the Russian Primary Chronicle and 'Pseudo-Diogenes' of the Greek sources?, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies , Vol: 29, pt2, (2005), 147-66.

'Byzantine trade privileges to Venice in the eleventh century: the chrysobull of 1092', Journal of Medieval History, Vol: 30, (2004), 135-60.

'Co-operation between Constantinople and Rome before the First Crusade: a study of the convergence of interests in Croatia in the late 11th Century', Crusades, Vol: 3, (2004), 1-13.