Dr Efthymios Rizos

Academic Background

Efthymios Rizos is an archaeologist and historian, trained at the Universities of Thessaloniki and Oxford. His research has focused on late antique urbanism, military building, and the cult of saints. He is the editor of the volume New Cities in Late Antiquity (Bilbiotheque de l’Antiquite Tardive 35) and one of the authors of the Oxford Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity database (http://csla.history.ox.ac.uk/). He has worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Koç University Istanbul and the University of Oxford.

Research Interests

He is currently a Research Associate at the Monumental Art of the Christian and Early Islamic East project at the University of Oxford, working on art in Egypt during Late Antiquity.

Research Keywords

Late Antiquity, Art, Architecture, Urbanism, Hagiography, Byzantine Studies, Egypt, Balkans


Selected Publications:


Online corpus: The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquityhttp://csla.history.ox.ac.uk/


Edited volume: (2017) New Cities in Late Antiquity: Documents and Archaeology. Bibliothèque de l’Antiquité Tardive 35, Turnhout. 

(forthcoming) with N. Kalviäinen, ‘The Greek Martyrdom of Philip of Heraclea (BHG Auct. 1567f)’

(forthcoming), ‘Saint Julian of Cilicia’ 

(forthcoming), ‘Civic Narratives and Sacred Topography in Philippi from Paganism to Christianity,’ Jahrbuch für Antike und Christentum

(forthcoming), 'Guilds, professional groups, and cults of saints,' in B. Ward-Perkins. A. Felle (eds.), Cultic Graffiti in the Mediterranean and Beyond, Turnhout.

(forthcoming) ‘A Latin Description of Constantinople by an Englishman and its Greek translation by Constantine Laskaris’ in C. Barber, F. Spingou (eds.), Medieval Texts on Byzantine Art and Aesthetics: from Alexios I Komnenos to the rise of Hesychasm  (1081 – ca. 1330), Cambridge.

(2019) ‘Sixth-century Asia Minor through the lens of hagiography: Ecclesiastical power and institutions in city and countryside,’ in I. Jacobs, H. Elton (eds.), Anatolia in the Long Sixth Century, Oxford.

(2018), ‘Civic administration in late antique Illyricum and Thrace,’ Antiquité Tardive 26

(2018) ‘Extramural regiones and Thracian proasteia of Constantinople,’ Byzantinos Domos 26, 595-607.

(2018) 32 entries in O. Nicholson (ed.), Oxford Dictionary of LateAntiquity (Oxford University Press, Oxford): ‘Anthemius of Tralles’, ‘Aquincum’, ‘Asamus / Asemus’, ‘Balkans’, ‘Belgrade’, ‘Dinogetia’, ‘Doclea’, ‘Faventinus’, ‘Gamzigrad’, ‘Histria’, ‘Isidore of Miletus’, ‘Isidore of Miletus the Younger’, ‘Kitros’, ‘Marcianopolis’, ‘Mesembria’, ‘Monograms’, ‘Nish / Niš’, ‘Noviodunum’, ‘Perushtitsa’, ‘Philippopolis’, ‘Pirdop’, ‘Pliska’, ‘Ratiaria’, ‘Remesiana’, ‘Sandanski’, ‘Scythia Minor / Dobrudja’, ‘Serdica’, ‘Sopiane’, ‘Topirus’, ‘Troesmis’, ‘Viminacium’, ‘Vitruvius in Late Antiquity.’

(2017) ‘Introduction,’ in E. Rizos (ed.), New Cities in Late Antiquity: Documents and Archaeology. Bibliothèque de l’Antiquité Tardive 35, Turnhout.

(2017) ‘New Urban Ideals and New Cities, c. AD 250-350,’ in E. Rizos (ed.), New Cities in Late Antiquity: Documents and Archaeology. Bibliothèque de l’Antiquité Tardive 35, Turnhout.

(2017) with M. H. Sayar, ‘Urban Dynamics in the Bosphorus Region during Late Antiquity,’ in E. Rizos (ed.), New Cities in Late Antiquity: Documents and Archaeology. Bibliothèque de l’Antiquité Tardive 35, Turnhout.

(2016) 6 entries in Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley Blackwell, Oxford): ‘Leo I’, ‘Leo II’, ‘Leo III’, ‘Leo IV’, ‘Leo V’, ‘Miracles Byzantine’.

(2016) ‘Martyrs from the northwestern Balkans in the Byzantine Greek Ecclesiastical Tradition: Patterns and Mechanisms of Cult Transfer,’ in I. Bugarski, O. Heinrich-Tamaska, D. Syrbe, V. Ivanisević (eds.), GrenzÜbergänge – „Spätrömisch“, „frühchristlich“, „frühbyzantinisch“ als Kategorien der historisch-archäologischen Forschung an der mittleren Donau (4.-8. Jh. n. Chr.), Forschungen zu Spätantike und Frühmittelalter 4. Remshalden, 195-213.

(2016) ‘Βιβλιοκρισία: P. Bonnekoh, Die figürlichen Malereien in Thessaloniki vom Ende des 4. bis zum 7. Jahrhundert : neue Untersuchungen zur erhaltenen Malereiausstattung zweier Doppelgräber, der Agora und der Demetrios-Kirche, Oberhausen : Athena, 2013,’ Byzantina Symmeikta 25, 305-313.

(2015) ‘Peloponnes,’ Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum, Band 27, 32-84 (Lieferung 209).

(2015) ‘Remarks on the logistics and infrastructure of the annona militaris in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean,’ Antiquité Tardive 23.

(2013) ‘Centres of the Late Roman military supply network in the Balkans: a survey of horrea,’ Jahrbuch des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums 60, 659-695.

(2013) ‘Keszthely-Fenékpuszta and the Danube from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages: review of O. Heinrich-Tamáska (ed.), Keszthely-Fenékpuszta im Kontext spätantiker Kontinuitätsforschung zwischen Noricum und Moesia,’ Journal of Roman Archaeology 26, 898-903.

(2013) ‘Review of G. Fingarova, Die Baugeschichte der Sophienkirche in Sofia, Wiesbaden 2011,’ Göttinger Forum für Altertumswissenschaft 16 (2013), 1011 – 1019.

(2012) ‘The making of a Christian society in the late antique civil diocese of Macedonia: archaeological evidence on Christianization from the territory of modern Greece,’ in O. Heinrich-Tamaszka, N. Krohn, S. Ristow (επ.), Christianisierung Europas: Entstehung, Entwicklung und Konsolidierung im archäologischen Befund, Regensburg, 319 – 342.

(2012) ‘Roman-Christian Thessalonike. Review of L. Nasrallah, C. Bakirtzis and S. Friesen (eds.), From Roman to Early Christian Thessalonikē: Studies in Religion and Archaeology (Harvard Theological Studies 64, Harvard University Press 2010),’ Journal of Roman Archaeology 25, 864 – 870.

(2012) author of the Greek section in A. Kieburg (ed.), Grabungs-Wörterbuch. Alle wichtigen Begriffe in 8 Sprachen. Darmstadt/Mainz: Philip von Zabern. (Reprinted as The Archaeological Excavation Dictionary, Barnsley: Pen and Sword Books, 2016).

(2011) ‘The late-antique walls of Thessalonica and their place in the development of eastern military architecture,’ Journal of Roman Archaeology 24, 450 – 468.