Leonora Neville

I am an historian of the medieval eastern Mediterranean, specializing in the society and culture of the eastern Roman Empire (the Byzantine Empire) in the ninth through twelfth centuries. I have strong interests in the late antique and classical antecedents of the medieval eastern Mediterranean cultures. Within medieval Byzantine history, my particular research interests include:

  • Gender; medieval conceptions of masculinity 
  • Historical memory and historiography; particularly medieval historical memory of classical Roman and Greek culture
  • Religious practice & experience; continuities with ancient religions
  • Provincial community organization and self-regulation
  • Women’s economic and legal self-determination
  • Rhetoric and performance in provincial legal transactions
  • The imposition of imperial governmental authority in provincial contexts, especially taxation


  • PhD - Princeton University 1998
  • BA - Yale University 1992 


Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian (Oxford University Press, 2016).  View Book Details
Heroes and Romans in Twelfth-Century Byzantium: The Material for History of Nikephoros Bryennios, (Cambridge University Press, 2012).  View Book Details
Authority in Byzantine Provincial Society: 950-1100, (Cambridge University Press, 2004); Paperback reprint, 2008.  View Book Details

Selected Publications:

  • Byzantine Gender, under contract with Arc Medieval Press, Past Imperfect series.
  • co-author with Irina Tamarkina, Guide to Byzantine Historiography, under contract with Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
  • “Lamentation, History, and Female Authorship in Anna Komnene’s Alexiad,” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 53.1, (2013): 192–218. View Article
  • “Organic Local Government and Village Authority.” In Authority in Byzantium, ed. Pamela Armstrong, Ashgate, 2013, 285-295.
  • “Strong Women and their Husbands in Byzantine Historiography.” In The Byzantine World, ed. Paul Stephenson, Routledge, 2010, 72-82.
  • “A history of Caesar John Doukas in Nikephoros Bryennios’s Material for History?” In Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 32.2 (2008) 168-188.
  • “Taxing Sophronia’s Son-in-Law: Representations of Women in Provincial Documents.” In Women in Byzantium: Varieties of Experience, 800-1200, ed. Lynda Garland, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006, 75-87.
  • “Information, ceremony and power in Byzantine fiscal registers: varieties of function in the Cadaster of Thebes,” Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 25 (2001): 20-43.

Selected Awards:

  • Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, 2016
  • Co-Winner of the Prize in Memory of Nikolaos Panagiotakis, 2007 edition, for the essay “Power-Hungry Byzantine Empresses and Theodora’s Rhetorical Legacy: the functions of women in Byzantine historical narrative” given by the Università Ca’Foscari in Venice and the Greek Ministry of Culture.
  • Dumbarton Oaks Bliss Prize Fellowship 1992-1994

Advisor To:

  • Alexander Olson

History Courses:

Leonora Neville

John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Professor of Byzantine History

Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor



Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

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