Skip over navigation
Brown shield Brown shield Brown University Brown shield Brown shield Brown University Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World


The content on this page is no longer being updated. You will be redirected to the Joukowsky Institute's faculty page automatically in 5 seconds, so that you will be able to access the most recent information on our faculty members.



Stratis Papaioannou

Associate Professor of Classics; Director, Modern Greek Studies Program. Graduate Advisor, Classics:
Wilbour Hall 105
Phone: 401-863-2173
Phone 2: 401-863-1267

Stratis Papaioannou studies post-classical Greek literary and cultural history, especially late antique and Byzantine writing in its social context. His wider interests are in premodern book and letter-writing cultures, literary aesthetics, and concepts of gender, self, and desire. Papaioannou has published on Gregory of Nazianzus and, especially, Michael Psellos, while his work is divided in interpretative study, critical edition, and translation.


A native of Trikala Greece, Stratis Papaioannou studied Greek literature at the University of Athens, Greece (B.A. 1995) and Byzantine literature and culture at the University of Vienna (D.Phil. 2000). Before joining Brown's Department of Classics in January 2006, Papaioannou taught post-classical Greek at The Catholic University of America (2000-2005). He has received research fellowships from Dumbarton Oaks (1999-2000), Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo (2002-2003), and the Humboldt Foundation (2005; Freie Universität in Berlin). He has also taught at the Centre d'études Byzantines, néo-helléniques et sud-est européennes at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris (June 2009 and 2013). During the summer, Papaioannou teaches Medieval Greek and Palaeography at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C.


Ongoing projects include:
- English translation of several Psellian texts pertaining to literary criticism and visual aesthetics (co-edited with Charles Barber for the University of Notre Dame Press).
- critical edition of Psellos' letter-collection for the Teubner Series (2 vols.)
- an edition of the pre-Metaphrastic Life of Indes and Domna
- Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Literature

- Byzantine Religious Culture: Studies in Honor of Alice-Mary Talbot (co-edited Denis Sullivan and Elizabeth Fisher) (Leiden and Boston 2011).
- Michael Psellos: Rhetoric and Authorship in Byzantium (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Articles in press:

"Histoires 'gothiques' à Byzance: le saint, le soldat et le Miracle de l'Euphemie et du Goth (BHG 739)." (co-authored with Charis Messis; Paris) In: Dumbarton Oaks Papers 67.

"Byzantine Historia." In: K. Raaflaub (ed.), Thinking, Recording, and Writing History in the Ancient World (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014) 297-313.

Recently published:

"Remarks on Michael Attaleiates' History," in C. Messis, D. Muresan, F. Ronconi, and C. Gastgeber (eds.), Recueil d'études byzantines offert à Paolo Odorico. (Frankfurt am Main) 153-71.

"Fragile Literature: Byzantine Letter-Collections and the Case of Michael Psellos." In: P. Odorico (ed.), La face cachée de la littérature byzantine. Le texte en tant que message immédiat (Paris 2012) 289-328.

"Rhetoric and the Philosopher in Byzantium." In: K. Ierodiakonou and B. Bydén (eds.), Essays in Byzantine Philosophy (Athens 2012) 171-197.

"Michael Psellos on Friendship and Love: Erotic Discourse in Eleventh-Century Constantinople." In: Early Medieval Europe 19.1 (2011) 43-61.

"Anna Komnene's Will." In: D. Sullivan, E. Fisher, and S. Papaioannou, Byzantine Religious Culture: Studies in Honor of Alice-Mary Talbot (Leiden and Boston 2011) 99-121.

"Byzantine Enargeia and Theories of Representation." In: Ekphrasis: la représentation des monuments dans les littératures byzantine et byzantino-slaves - Réalités et imaginaires = Byzantinoslavica 69 (2011) 48-60.

"Byzantine Mirrors: Self-Reflection in Medieval Greek Writing." In Dumbarton Oaks Papers 64 (2010) 1-21.

"The Aesthetics of History: From Theophanes to Eustathios." In: R. Macrides (ed.), History as Literature in Byzantium: Papers from the Fortieth Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, The Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies of the University of Birmingham April 2007 (Aldershot 2010) 3-21.


B.A., Philology, University of Athens, Greece, 1995; Ph.D., Byzantine Literature and Culture, University of Vienna, Austria, 2000.



  • Humboldt Fellowship, Freie Universität, Berlin (2005)

  • Fellowship, Centre for Advanced Study, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo (2002-2003)

  • Junior Fellowship in Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Harvard University (1999-2000)

  • Awards:
    2012: Graduate School Faculty Award for Advising and Mentoring (Brown University).
    2010: Prize in Memory of Nikolaos M. Panagiotakis (1935-1997), 4th Edition (Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia).
    2008-2010: Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Award


    Editorial Board, Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, Greek Series (Harvard University Press; 2009-)
    Executive Board, Modern Greek Studies Association (2011-2014)
    Byzantine Studies Association of North America
    American Philological Association
    U.S. National Committee for Byzantine Studies
    Steering Committee, New England Medieval Conference (2009-2013)


    Graduate Seminars: Before Literature: Writing the History of Premodern Literary Cultures (Spring 2014); Greek Philology: Textual Criticism, Edition, and Translation (Spring 2013); Survey of Post-Classical Greek (2nd to 12th century CE) (Fall 2011); Greek Palaeography and Premodern Book Cultures (Spring 2011; Fall 2008); Plato's Republic and its Neoplatonic Reception (Team-taught with Mary Louise Gill; Fall 2010); Greek Autobiography: From Plato to the Middle Ages (Fall 2006)

    Advanced Greek: Greek Texts in the Postclassical Tradition: Female Saints / Christian Novels (Fall 2012); Greek Erotic Literature: From Plato to the Medieval Romances (Spring 2012)

    Undergraduate Courses in Translation: The World of Byzantium (Fall 2013); Erotic Desire in the Premodern Mediterranean (Spring 2013).

    Funded Research

    2008 Salomon Award

    Web Links

    Curriculum Vitae

    Download Stratis Papaioannou's Curriculum Vitae in PDF Format