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Panagiotis Theodoropoulos

“Governing Byzantine Italy: The Eparchs of Italy in the Seventh and Eighth Centuries”

Panagiotis Theodoropoulos

King’s College, London, Byzantine Studies Summer Fellow

Theodoropoulos’s research project examines the administrative apparatus of Byzantine Italy in the seventh and eighth centuries, focusing primarily on the evolution of the office of the praetorian prefect (eparchos in Greek), the highest civil official in the province. The project pivots around two seals of the Dumbarton Oaks seal collection, namely those of John hypatos and eparchos of Italy (BZS.1955.1.2768) and Theodore apo eparchon and eparchos of Italy (BZS.1947.2.95). Both seals postdate the last appearance of the office in textual sources and, therefore, play a key role in the understanding of the Byzantine administration in Italy during the period in question.

Panagiotis Theodoropoulos received his PhD in Byzantine and modern Greek studies from  King’s College, London, in 2018. His research interests include the study of the Byzantine administration in Italy, the Italian economy, and the papacy. In 2015, he attended the Byzantine coins and seals summer school at Dumbarton Oaks and has been awarded the Mary O’Boyle Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Hellenic Studies at Princeton University (2019–20).