Anthony Kaldellis

Professor in the Department of Classics and the College
Wiebolt 409C
Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2001

Anthony Kaldellis’ research explores the history, culture, and literature of the east Roman empire from antiquity to the fifteenth century. An earlier phase of it focused on the reception of ancient Hellenic culture, for example on how authors conceived their projects in relation to classical models (Procopius of Caesarea, 2004), as well as the history of identities (Hellenism in Byzantium, 2007), monuments (The Christian Parthenon, 2009), and genres (Ethnography after Antiquity, 2013). A second phase brought to light the enduring Roman matrices of Byzantine life and thought, focusing on its political sphere (The Byzantine Republic, 2015) and ethnic identities (Romanland: Ethnicity and Empire in Byzantium, 2019). He has translated into English the works of many medieval Greek writers, such as Prokopios, Genesios, Psellos, Attaleiates, and Laonikos Chalkokondyles. His own monographs have been translated into other modern languages, including Turkish, French, Romanian, Russian, and Greek. In 2019, he created the first academic podcast for his field, Byzantium & Friends. He has just published a new, comprehensive history of Byzantium, The New Roman Empire (2023), which embeds social, economic, religious, and demographic developments within a lively narrative framework.

List of Publications

Podcast Byzantium & Friends

Recent Publications

  • The New Roman Empire: A History of Byzantium from Constantine to Mehmed (Oxford University Press, 2023).
  • The Field Armies of the Eastern Roman Empire, 361-630 AD (co-authored with Marion Kruse) (Cambridge University Press, 2023).
  • ‘Alexander the Great in Byzantine Tradition, AD 330-1453,’ in R. Stoneman, ed., A History of Alexander the Great in World Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2022) 216-241.
  • ‘From “Empire of the Greeks” to “Byzantium”: The Politics of a Modern Paradigm Shift,’ in N. Aschenbrenner and J. Ransohoff, eds., The Invention of Byzantium in Early Modern Europe (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 2021) 349-367.
  • ‘The Reception of Classical Literature and Ancient Myth,’ in S. Papaioannou, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Literature (Oxford University Press 2021) 162-179.
  • ‘How Was a ‘New Rome’ Even Thinkable? Premonitions of Constantinople and the Portability of Rome,’ in Y. R. Kim and A. E. T. McLaughlin, eds., Leadership and Community in Late Antiquity: Essays in Honour of Raymond Van Dam (Turnhout: Brepols 2020) 221-247.
  • Romanland: Ethnicity and Empire in Byzantium (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2019).
  • A New Herodotos: Laonikos Chalkokondyles on the Ottoman Empire, the Fall of Byzantium, and the Emergence of the West (Harvard University Press and Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection 2014).