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Catherine Holmes MA, DPhil

Fellow and Tutor in History, University College, Oxford

Publications include:

  • ‘How the East was won in the reign of Basil II’, in A. Eastmond (ed.), Eastern Approaches to Byzantium (2001)
  • ‘The Byzantine eastern frontier in the tenth and eleventh centuries’ in D.Abulafia & N. Berend (eds), Medieval Frontiers: Concepts and Practices (2002)
  • ‘Political elites in the reign of Basil II’ in P. Magdalino (ed.), Byzantium in the Year 1000 (2003)
  • ‘The rhetorical structures of John Skylitzes’s Synopsis Historion in E.Jeffreys (ed.), Rhetoric in Byzantium (2003)
  • Basil II and the Governance of Empire (2005)
  • ‘Constantinople in the reign of Basil II’ in E. Jeffreys (ed.), Byzantine Style, Religion and Civilization: in Honour of Sir Steven Runciman. (2006)
  • ‘Treaties between Byzantium and the Islamic world’, in P. de Souza & J. France (eds), War and Peace in Ancient & Medieval History (2008)
  •  ‘Provinces and Capital’, in L. James (ed.), A Companion to Byzantium (2010)
  • ‘Political Literacy’, in P. Stephenson (ed.), The Byzantine World (2010).


Research interests centre on Byzantium and the political, military and cultural history of the Mediterranean and Aegean.

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Barney Dujua, Spring Semester 2009, Elmhurst College