Maria Mavroudi

Office Hours: 
TuTh 12:30-1:30
2223 Dwinelle
(510) 643-4413

Ph.D. in Byzantine Studies, Harvard University, Committee on Byzantine Studies, 1998
M.A. in Byzantine Literature, Harvard University, Department of the Classics, 1992
B.A. in Philology, University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 1990

Research Interests: 

Byzantium and the Arabs; bilinguals in the Middle Ages; Byzantine and Islamic science; the ancient tradition between Byzantium and Islam; Byzantine intellectual history; survival and transformation of Byzantine culture after 1453.


Teaching appointments:

Professor, UC Berkeley (July 2008—)

Professor, Princeton University (July 2006-June 2008)

Associate Professor, UC Berkeley (July 2005-June 2008)

Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley (July 2002-June 2005)

Visiting Lecturer, UC Berkeley, Classics Department (Fall 1998)

Teaching Assistant, Harvard University, Department of the Classics (Spring 1993)

Instructor in Modern Greek, Harvard University Extension School (1991-92)

Awards and Fellowships

MacArthur Fellowship (2004-09)

Humboldt-Forschungsstipendium, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2007, deferred)

Regents' Junior Faculty Fellowship (2004)

Hellman Family Faculty Fund (2004)

Townsend Center for the Humanities Fellowship (2004-05)

Hanna Seeger Davis Post-doctoral Teaching Fellowship in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University (2001-02)

Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship (2000-01)

Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities for Dissertation Completion (1995-96)

Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellowship (1994-95)

Representative Publications: 


Bilingualism in Greek and Arabic: Evidence from the Manuscripts (in preparation).

The Ocult Sciences in Byzantium, ed. with Paul Magdalino (Geneva: éditions de la Pomme d'Or, 2007).

A Byzantine Book on Dream Interpretation: The Oneirocriticon of Achmet and Its Arabic Sources. E.J. Brill: Leiden, 2002.

Artemidorou Oneirocritica. Translation of a 2nd century A.D. manual on dream interpretation from Classical into Modern Greek and Introduction. Histos: Athens, 2002.


“Translations from Greek into Arabic and Latin during the Middle Ages: Searching for the Classical Tradition” Speculum 90:1 (January 2015). In press.

“Ελληνική φιλοσοφία στην αυλή του Μωάμεθ Β´,” [“Greek Philosophy at the Court of Mehmet II”], Byzantina 33 (2014). In press.

“Greek Language and Education Under Early Islam,” in Islamic Cultures, Islamic Contexts: Essays in Honor of Professor Patricia Crone, eds. Behnam Sadeghi, Asad Q. Ahmed, Robert Hoyland, Adam Silverstein (Leiden: E. J. Brill 2014), 295-342. In press.

“Les actes arabes de Vatopédi”. Actes de Vatopédi III. Archives de l’Athos. Ed. J. Lefort, K. Smyrlis, E. Kolovos et al. L’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres et l’Académie d’Athènes. Paris. In press.

“Licit and Illicit Divination: Empress Zoe and the Icon of Christ Antiphonetes”, in Jean-Michel Spieser and Veronique Dasen, eds., Les saviors magiques et leur transmission de l’Antiquité à la Renaissance. Micrologus Library 60, SISMEL, (Edizioni del Galluzzo, Florence 2014), 431–460.

“Byzantine and Islamic Dream Interpretation: A Comparative Approach to the Problem of “Reality” vs. “Literary Tradition” in C. Angelidi and G. Calofonos, eds.Dreaming of Byzantium and Beyond (Ashgate, 2014), 161–186.

“Translators from Greek into Arabic at the Court of Mehmet the Conqueror” in A. Ödekan, N. Necipoǧlu, E. Akyürek, eds., The Byzantine Court: Source of Power and Culture. Papers from the Second International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2010 (Istanbul: Koç University Press, 2013), 195–207.

“Plethon as a Subversive and His Reception in the Islamic World” in D. Angelov and M. Saxby, eds., Power and Subversion in Byzantium. Papers from the 43rd Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, Birmingham, March 2010. Publications of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies 17 (Ashgate Variorum, 2013), 177–204.

“The Naples Dioscorides”; “Two Ostraka” in Helen Evans with Brandie Ratliff, eds. Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th-9thCenturies). Catalogue of the Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Yale University Press, 2012), 22–26.

“Learned Women of Byzantium and the Surviving Record” in E. Fisher, S. Papaioannou, D. Sullivan, eds. Byzantine Religious Culture: Studies in Honor of Alice-Mary Talbot. The Medieval Mediterranean 92 (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2012), 53–84.

“Islamic Divination in the Context of Its “Eastern” and “Western” Counterparts”, in M. Farhad with S. Bağcı, eds. Falnama: The Book of Omens, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, October 24, 2009—January 24, 2010 (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 2009), 222–29 + 324–329. [Volume selected as one of the best publications of 2010 by The Art News Paper].

Ta‘bīr al-ruyʼā and aḥkām al-nujūm: References to Women in Dream Interpretation and Astrology Transferred from Graeco-Roman Antiquity and Medieval Islam to Byzantium: Some Problems and Considerations”, in B. Gruendler and M. Cooperson, eds., Classical Arabic Humanities in Their Own Terms.Festschrift for Wolfhart Heinrichs on His 65. Birthday from His Students and Colleagues  (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2008), 47–67.

“Arabic Words in Greek Lettrers: The Violet Fragment and More” in Jacques Grand’Henry and Jerôme Lentin, eds. Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Middle Arabic and Mixed Arabic throughout History, Louvain-la-Neuve 11-14 May 2004. Publications de l’Institut Orientaliste de Louvain, Peeters 2008, 321–354.

(with Simon Franklin), “Byzantino-Slavica and Byzantino-Arabica: possibilities and problems of comparison” Byzantinoslavica 65 (2007), 51–67.

(with Paul Magdalino), Introduction to co-edited volume, The Occult Sciences in Byzantium (Geneva: éditions de la Pomme d’Or, 2007), 11–37.

“Occult Science and Society in Byzantium: Considerations for Future Research” in P. Magdalino and M. Mavroudi, eds. The Occult Sciences in Byzantium (Geneva: éditions de la Pomme d’Or, 2007), pp. 39–95.

“Late Byzantium and Exchange with Arabic Writers”, in S. T. Brooks, ed., Byzantium, Faith and Power (1261–1557).Perspectives on Late Byzantine Art and Culture. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Symposia (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2007), pp. 62–75.

(with Mary-Lyon Dolezal). “Theodore Hyrtakenos’ Description of the Garden of St. Anna and the Byzantine Descriptions of Gardens.” A. Littlewood, H. Maguire, J. Wolschke-Buhlmann, eds. Byzantine Garden Culture (Dumbarton Oaks: Washington, D.C., 2002), 105–158.

Το λεγόμενο Ονειροκριτικόν του Αχμέτ, ένα βυζαντινό βιβλίο ονειροκριτικής και οι αραβικές πηγές του. Αρχαιολογία 79 (Ιούνιος 2001).

Encyclopedia entries

“Byzantine Science”; “Astrology, Byzantine”; “Eschatology, Byzantine” for The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, ed. R. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C. Champion, A. Erskine and S. Huebner (Wiley–Blackwell, in press).

“Dream Interpretation” for The Classical Tradition, ed. Anthony Grafton, Glenn Most, Salvatore Settis (Harvard University Press, 2010), 285–86.

“Artemidorus of Ephesus” for Encyclopedia of Islam, 3rd edition.Edited by: Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas and Everett Rowson. Brill, 2010. Brill Online.

“Achmet”, Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, 3., völlig neu bearbeitete Auflage, hg. von Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Stuttgart, Weimar 2009.

“Women, Gender and Representation of Sexualities and Gender - Dream Literature” for the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (E.J. Brill). [General Editor Suad Joseph . Brill, 2010. Brill Online. Print Version: Volume 5, page 406, column 1]

Book Reviews

Euthymios Nicolaidis, Science and Eastern Orthodoxy: From the Greek Fathers to the Age of Globalization, translated by Susan Emanuel. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2011. Catholic Historical Review 99:1 (2013), 96–99.

Irfan Shahid, Byzantium and the Arabs in the Sixth Century. Volume 2, Part 2: Economic, Social and Cultural History. (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C. 2009). Byzantinische Zeitschrift 104:1 (2011), 220–25.

Nadia-Maria El Cheikh, Byzantium Viewed by the Arabs (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004). Byzantinische Zeitschrift 100:1 (2008), 200-204.

Garth Fowden, Quṣayr 'Amra. Art and the Umayyad Elite in Late Antique Syria (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2004). Journal of Roman Archeology 19 (2006), pp. 731-39.

Arietta Papaconstantinou, Le culte des saints en Égypte des Byzantins aux Abbassides. L'apport des inscriptions et des papyrus grecs et coptes. Préface de Jean Gascou. Collection Le monde byzantin dirigée par Bernard Flusin (Paris: CNRS Éditions, 2001). International Journal of Middle East Studies 36:2 (2004), pp. 289-91.


Poems selected and translated for the Byzantine section ofThe Greek Poets: Homer to the Present, eds. Peter Constantine, Rachel Hadas, Edmund Keeley, Karen Van Dyck; intro. Robert Hass (W. W. Norton and Company, 2009), 327 and 347 (Niketas Eugeneianos, Iambic Verses to a Beloved Woman; Manuel Philes, On the Well-Run Bathhouse).

(with Fr. Justin of Sinai and D. Armstrong), The life and contest of the Holy Great Martyr, Virgin, and all-wise Catherine. Saint Catherine Monastery, the God-trodden Mount of Sinai (London; Saint Catherine Foundation, 2004). 51 pp.



Semester Course Title Syllabus
Spring 2016 188C Religion and Magic
Spring 2016 280A Introduction to Byzantine Studies
Spring 2015 108 Byzantium
Spring 2015 283 Historical Method and Theory
Fall 2015 3 Byzantium & Near East
Spring 2014 280/285B Introduction to Byzantine Studies
Fall 2014 281 Paleography and Other Auxiliary Sciences
Fall 2012 3 After the Roman Empire: the East
Fall 2012 283 Historical Method and Theory
Fall 2012 285B.002 Reading Leo the Deacon