Dr. Christodoulos Papavarnavas

Division for Byzantine Research/Institute for Medieval Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences


Born 1988, Nicosia (Cyprus). B.A. in Byzantine and Modern Greek Literature, University of Cyprus (2008-2012); MA and DPhil in Byzantine Studies, University of Vienna (2012-2018). Predoc Assistant, University of Vienna (2014-2018). Postdoc researcher on the ERC Project ‘The Cult of Saints’, University of Oxford (2019). His research in the Moving Byzantium Project focuses on the creation of a Sourcebook on Byzantine Mobility including translation and commentary on selected Greek passages.


Research interests:

  • Late Antique and Byzantine Literature
  • Byzantine Hagiography (primarily Martyrs’ Passions and Monastic Saints’ Lives)
  • Byzantine Monasticism
  • Literary Criticism
  • Audience and Reception Studies
  • Critical Theories (Narrative, Performance, Space, Gender, Emotions and the Senses)



Publications (selection):

Papavarnavas, Ch., Gefängnis als Schwellenraum in der byzantinischen Hagiographie: Eine Untersuchung früh- und mittelbyzantinischer Märtyrerakten [Prison as Liminal Space in Byzantine Hagiography: A Study of Early and Middle Byzantine Martyrs’ Passions], Millennium Studies 90, Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2021.

Papavarnavas, Ch., “Miracle and Martyrdom: Performing and Experiencing Healing Miracles in Prisons and Shrines”, in: V. Déroche–S. Efthymiadis (eds.), Le rôle des miracles et des recueils des miracles, Publications de l’École Pratique des Hautes Études (in press).

Papavarnavas, Ch., “The Role of the Audience in the Pre-Metaphrastic Passions”, Analecta Bollandiana 134.1 (2016), pp. 66–82.

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A: Dr. Christodoulos Papavarnavas

Institute for Medieval Research, Division of Byzantine Research

Austrian Academy of Sciences

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