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Dr Dion Smythe

MA, PhD (St Andrews)

Lecturer in Byzantine History

Advisor of Studies, History


Office: 12UQ.102

Dion C. Smythe MA PhD FRGS gained an MA in history from the University of St Andrews in 1983. He began research on the topic of social perceptions of Byzantine outsiders with Paul Magdalino at St Andrews. He continued his research work at Vienna and Belfast. He was awarded his PhD on Byzantine perceptions of social outsiders in 1992 by the University of St Andrews. He taught at Queen's University of Belfast from 1988 to 1993. In October 1993, he joined the Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire Project, based at King’s College, London, and left at the end of January 2001 to take up a lectureship in Byzantine Studies at Queen's University, Belfast. He has written on barbarians, women, outsiders by social class, Macedonians and the role of the computer in Byzantine research.

Select Publications:

Articles and chapters:

  • 'Insiders and outsiders', in L. James (ed.) A companion to Byzantium (Oxford, 2010)
  • 'Prosopography' in E. Jefferys et al (ed.) The Oxford handbook of Byzantine studies (Oxford, 2008)
  • 'Middle Byzantine family values and Anna Komnene's Alexiad', in L. Garland (ed) Byzantine Women: Varieties of Experience AD 800-1200 (2006)

Entry on PURE research portal


Current PhD Students:

  • Jeffrey Donnelly, 'John II Komnenos’s policy towards Antioch'
  • Andrei Psarev, 'The Limits of Communion in the Byzantine Church (861-1300)'