David Konstan (Brown and NYU) obtained a BA in mathematics and subsequently, MA and PhD in Classics. He taught at Wesleyan University, Brown University and currently, New York University (since 2010). He has published on friendship, the emotions of the ancient Greeks, pity, forgiveness and on beauty. His research focuses on ancient Greek and Latin literature and classical philosophy.


Margaret Mullett (former Director of Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks) read medieval history and medieval Latin at Birmingham before working on a doctorate on epistolography with Anthony Bryer. She taught at Queen’s University Belfast for thirty-five years, becoming Professor of Byzantine Studies, Director of the Institute of Byzantine Studies and Director for the Gender Initiative at Queen’s. From 2009 to 2015 she was Director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. She has published on friendship and other personal relations, monasticism, literacy, patronage, narrative, court culture and performance, and she is working on tents, funerary rhetoric, the Byzantine mind, and on the church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople.