John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Chair of Byzantine History; Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor
Office: 4106 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4013 Mosse Humanities
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Office Hours: Thursdays 1:30-3:00 or by appointment
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 Byzantine history, my particular research interests include: gender, civic religion and religious aspects of political culture, and historical memory and historiography.
Ph.D., Princeton University 1998
B.A., Yale University 1992
Leonora Neville. Guide to Byzantine Historical Writing. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Leonora Neville. Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian. Oxford University Press, 2016.
Leonora Neville. Heroes and Romans in Twelfth-Century Byzantium: The Material for History of Nikephoros Bryennios. Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Leonora Neville, Leonora Neville. Authority in Byzantine Provincial Society, 950–1100. Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Videos & Podcasts
“The Princess who Re-wrote History” TED-ed video, October, 2018
- “The Rise and Fall of the Byzantine Empire,” TED-ed video, April 9, 2018.
- “Anna Komnene, the Princess Historian,” Episode 73 of Historically Thinking podcast series by Al Zambone, Department of History, Augustana College, December 2, 2016.
- Byzantine Gender, under contract with Arc Medieval Press, Past Imperfect series.
- “Why the Byzantines Wrote History” In Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies: Plenary Papers, Edited by Smilja Marjaović-Dušanić, Serbian National Committee of the Association Internationale des Études Byzantines, 2016, 265-276.
- “The Adventures of a Provincial Female Founder: Glykeria and the Rhetoric of Female Weakness” In Wiener Jahrbuch für Kunstgeschichte 60, edited by Margaret Mullett, Michael Grünbart and Lioba Theis, 2014, 153-162.
- “Lamentation, History, and Female Authorship in Anna Komnene’s Alexiad,” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 53.1, (2013): 192–218.
- “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.
- 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
- History 112 – The World of Late Antiquity, 200-900 C.E – Syllabus 2018 (pdf)
- History 200 – Crusades: Violence and Religion – Syllabus 2011 (pdf)
- History 200 – Religious Change in Late Antiquity – Syllabus 2013 (pdf)
- History 313 – Introduction to Byzantine History and Civilization – Syllabus 2012 (pdf)
- History 500 – Byzantine Empresses and their Men – Syllabus 2010 (pdf)
- History 505 – History at Work – Syllabus 2016 (pdf)
- History 506 – History Internship Seminar – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
- History 600 – Byzantine Empresses and their Men: Gender and Historical Memory in the Byzantine Empire – Syllabus 2019 (pdf)
- History 600 – Women, Men & Eunuchs: Gender in Byzantium – Syllabus 2012 (pdf)
- History 800 – Research Seminar in History – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
- History 813 – Greek Historiography From Antiquity Through Byzantium – Syllabus 2011 (pdf)
- History 952 – Seminar in Comparative History – Syllabus 2013 (pdf)
- History 978 – Teaching College History: An Introduction to Undergraduate Pedagogy – Syllabus 2017 (pdf)