Having studied at the Universities of Thessaloniki and Münster, in 2004 Ioannis defended his PhD at Princeton University. Entitled Christianity and Hellenism in the Fifth-Century Roman Empire: The Apologetics of Theodoret of Cyrrhus Against the Greeks in Context, his dissertation (and first book in press from Harvard University Press) deals with the question as to how Christian identity and culture were formulated in response to the cultural force of Hellenism by the need of Christian writers to articulate their position in the empire and within a Greek intellectual tradition.
Before arriving at King’s College London, Ioannis taught in Princeton and Oxford and held research positions at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and at the University of Birmingham. In 2010, Ioannis’s project Defining Belief and Identities in the Eastern Mediterranean: The Role of Interreligious Debate and Interaction was awarded a prestigious five-year grant from the European Research Council. In the framework provided by his ERC project, Ioannis has completed and submitted for publication a series of articles on the late antique and Byzantine emotions and organised the first workshop of its kind on Emotions in Patristic Literature in the Oxford Patristic Conference (2015).
Role in the project
Ioannis is participating in the first ETT workshop Defining and Theorising Emotions (Edinburgh, 15 October 2016) and organising ETT‘s final editorial meeting. Within the ETT, Ioannis will explore how, as the Graeco-Roman society changed its religious idiom, Christian authors were involved in a process of articulating a new religious sensibility that owed a lot both to classical and biblical conceptualisations of emotions.
A list of Ioannis’s latest publications is available here.
To learn more about Ioannis’s research, visit his Academia.edu page.