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Professor Niels Gaul

MSt, PhD

A.G. Leventis Professor of Byzantine Studies


Contact information
Address: 24 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9LN / Office: Room 3.05 (doorbell: Flat 3F1)
Telephone: +44 (0)131 650 3776
Office hours: Thu 13–15
Affiliated research centres
Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

Prior to taking up the A. G. Leventis Chair at Edinburgh in 2015, Niels Gaul taught Byzantine studies at Central European University (CEU), Budapest, for eight rewarding years and held the Dilts-Lyell Research Fellowship in Greek Palaeography at the University of Oxford/Lincoln College from 2005 to 2007. He holds a Master’s degree from Oxford and his PhD from Bonn, where he also spent his undergraduate years.

In 2006, he became the founding director of the Lincoln College International Summer School in Greek Palaeography. At CEU, he served as director of the Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (2008–2011) and, subsequently, the doctoral programme in Medieval Studies (2010–2013). He has been a Fellow at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C., twice: first a Junior Fellow for the academic year 2004/5 and, more recently, a Fellow in spring 2015.

He is currently the PI of a Byzantinist-Sinologist project funded by the European Research Council, ‘Classicising learning in medieval imperial systems: cross-cultural approaches to Byzantine paideia and Tang/Song xue (CoG 726371, 2017–2022). The project will assemble a team of altogether two Byzantinists and two Sinologists and is co-directed by Prof. Curie Virág (Toronto/Budapest).

Prof. Gaul is very happy to advise potential applicants to the Master’s programme in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies with regard to the application procedure, and welcomes applications from potential research students with interests in the Byzantine world: he presently supervises PhD students in both Classics and History. Please check the ‘Research’ tab for further information.

External appointments

Niels Gaul serves on the editorial boards of both the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (DOML), with Harvard University Press, and the Translated Texts for Byzantinists (TTB), with Liverpool University Press. In January 2017 he joined the team of tutors on the second Winter School in Greek Palaeography and Codicology jointly hosted by the American Academy in Rome and the Vatican Library. He also taught Byzantine Greek at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, last June/July, and looks forward to doing both again this coming summer and winter, respectively.

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