Dr. Yannis Stouraitis

University of Edinburgh


Has earned a major degree in History (1999) and an M.A. in Medieval Studies (2002) at the University of Ioannina. In 2007, he concluded his Ph.D. in Byzantine History at the University of Vienna, where he has worked as a full-time post-doctoral fellow (2008 – 2015) and an adjunct lecturer (2009 – 2017). His research in the Moving Byzantium Project as Team Member (1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017) focused on typologies and microstructures of revolt in the High Medieval Byzantine Empire.


Research interests:

  • Social history of the Byzantine Empire (7th–15th c.)
  • Social identities and visions of community
  • Warfare as a social phenomenon – Byzantine war ethic from a comparative perspective 
  • Social and cultural role of historiography



Publications (selection):

Stouraitis, Y., Krieg und Frieden in der politischen und ideologischen Wahrnehmung in Byzanz  (7.–11. Jahrhundert)[Byzantinische Geschichtsschreiber, Ergänzungsband 5], Vienna 2009.

Stouraitis, Y. - Koder, J. (eds.), Byzantine War Ideology between Roman Imperial Concept and Christian Religion[Byzantinische Forschungen 30], Vienna 2012.

Stouraitis, Y., “‘Just war’ and ‘holy war’ in the Middle Ages: Rethinking theory through the Byzantine case- study”, Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik 62 (2012), pp. 227–264. 

Stouraitis, Y., “Roman identity in Byzantium: a critical approach”, Byzantinische Zeitschrift 107/1 (2014), pp. 175–220. 

Stouraitis, Y., “Narratives of John II Komnenos’ wars: Comparing Byzantine and modern approaches”, in: John II Komnenos, Emperor of Byzantium: In the shadow of his father and his son, A. Bucossi - A. Rodriquez (eds.), Farnham 2016.


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