Panagiotis - Takis Antonopoulos was born in Athens , Greece , August 2, 1956. He is congenitally blind and has a slight hearing impairment.
Between 1962-1972 he successfully attended Protypon Lykeion Athinon, Moraitis School , Athens , one of the most prominent sighted schools in Greece . Between 1972-1976 he completed his education at Worcester College For The Blind, Worcester , England . Obtained a General Certificate of Education in seven subjects at ordinary level, (English Language, Mathematics, Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, German, Latin, History), and three subjects at advanced level, (Latin, Ancient Greek, History). He has also acquired a certificate in General Studies as well as in Use of English.
1977-1980, Medieval and Modern Greek, Trinity College , University of Oxford , England . Specialised in Byzantine options.
1981-1988, Postgraduate Research in Byzantine History, University of Ioannina , Greece .
1988. Ph.D in Byzantine History, Faculty of History and Archaeology,Faculty of Ancient and Mediaeval History, University of Ioannina. Subject of thesis, Petrus Patricius. The Byzantine Diplomat, Official and Author.
1984. Master of Arts in Mediaeval and Modern Greek, Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Oxford .
1980. Bachelor of Arts in Mediaeval and Modern Greek, Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Oxford .
Previous teaching and working experience
Between 1985 and 1988 he served at a post, equivalent to that of Junior Fellow at the Faculty of Ancient and Mediaeval History, University of Ioannina . During those years he undertook minor tutorial work, and advised students on project and seminar assignments.
Between March and November 1990, he conducted a study of technical aids, appropriate spacing and a related budget, that would assist a modern university's disabled and particularly blind members in their work, especially in the humanities, on behalf of the Projects Committee of the University of Ioannina .
Since 1990 he has been also extensively working with computers, a field the knowledge of which, has opened new opportunities both in his own writings and in communicating with other computer users, and consequently, students.
In 1992, he was elected Lecturer in Byzantine History, at the Faculty of Ancient and Mediaeval History, Department of History and Archaeology, School of Philosophy , the University of Ioannina , Greece .
He was elected Assistant Professor in 1997, and Associate Professor in 2006, rank which he holds to the present day.
In the academic year 2000-2001, he filled a vacancy and taught Byzantine History at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia , with the rank of Assistant Professor.
Between September 2007 and January 2009, he chaired the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Program of Mediaeval Studies, School of Philosophy , University of Ioannina . He also became Head of the Faculty of Ancient and Mediaeval History, Department of History and Archaeology, School of Philosophy, University of Ioannina, between September 2008 and August 2009, capacity in which he is serving a second term since January 2013.
He is also an active participant of the “learning for life”, formerly Erasmus program, and he is the Department's contact person for the university of Granada , Spain . He has been also accepted as academic cosupervisor for the program
«Ideologies under scrutiny: A study on differentiated perceptions of Roman imperial ideals in Byzantine society (7th-12th centuries)» of the Institute of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Vienna, approved by the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
He has taught the following subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level:
The early Byzantine period, AD 330-610 (course.)
The middle Byzantine period-I “the dark ages”, 610-843 (course.)
Byzantium , the West and Islam, AD. 600-900 (course.)
The middle Byzantine period-III: The Comneni and Angeli, AD1081-1204 (course).
Introduction to the history of the mediaeval West, 4 th -15 th century (course he is teaching for the past eight years, due to a vacancy of the relevant post.)
The sixth century (course.)
The age of iconoclasm (course.)
The Anecdota of Procopius as a historical source (seminar.)
Byzantium and Italy , AD 330-1071 (seminar.)
Byzantium and Hungary (seminar.)
Byzantium and the Magyars as viewed through the sources (seminar.) More extensive coverage of primary sources.
Byzantium and Persia (seminar.)
Byzantium and the Lombards (seminar.)
The world of the 12 th century, as viewed through the eyes of Anna Comnena (seminar.)
The De Administrando Imperio of emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogennetus as a historical source (seminar.)
Since April 27, 2010, he has been annually invited to deliver a lecture in Byzantine history, at the Hellenic Centre of Culture and Civilisation, University of Ioannina , for a Program of visiting American students, from the University of Washington .
Byzantine diplomacy, especially in the early period.
Relations between Byzantium and Hungary .
The barbarian migrations and late antiquity in general.
Member of the Hellenic Committee for the promotion of Byzantine Studies.
Member of the Hellenic Committee for the promotion of South-Eastern European Studies.
Member of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America .
Apart from Greek he speaks English fluently, French, German, Italian well, and modest Hungarian. He also knows Latin and Ancient Greek.
He is an active member of the local Lions Club whose President he was in the year 2004-2005, as well as for the years 2013-15.
Petrus Patricius. Some aspects of his life and career. [Acts of the 16th International Eirene Conference, Prague August-September 1982, volume 5, Byzantinological Symposium, ( Prague 1985), p. 48-53.
Petrus Patricius. The Byzantine Diplomat, Official and Author. [Historical Monographs 7], Athens 1990, reviewed by D. Feissel in Revue des Etudes Byzantines 51 (1993), p.263.] (text in Greek, extensive summary in English.)
The less obvious ends of Byzantine diplomacy. [Byzantine Diplomacy], papers from the twenty-fourth spring symposium of Byzantine studies, Cambridge , March 1990, London 1992, p. 315-319.
Was King Theodahad's accession to the throne ever recognised by Justinian? [Dodone 19], (1990), p. 173-186.
The flow of information in mediaeval historiography. [Dodone 20] (1991) p. 95-112.
Byzantium , the Magyar raids and their consequences. [Byzantinoslavica 54/2], 1993, p254-267.
Two important observations on friar Richard's Relatio. (Text in Greek, Summary in English.) [Dodone 21], 1991, p87-95.
Emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogennetus and the Hungarians. [Historical Monographs 17], Athens 1997. (Text in Greek, extensive summary in English.)
The employment of new technology for the needs of scholars in the humanities, who face visual problems. [Pleroforia, issues 1/2, 1996/1997 (in Greek.)
Byzantine diplomacy before A.D 1000. [Journal of East Central Europe 26/2] 1999, p1-13.
Byzantium and Hungary : A course of five centuries. [Volume of lectures held at the Society of Friends of the Byzantine Museum of Ioannina, I], 1996-1997, Ioannina 2000, p13-28.
Byzantium : contacts with East Central Europe, [Volume dedicated to Miltos Garides, 1926-1996.] Ioannina 2003, Vol . 1 , p. 55-60.
Panagiotis Antonopoulos – Charalambos Dendrinos , The Eastern Roman Empire at the Turn of the First Millenium, [Europe around the Year 1000], ed. P. Urbanczyk (Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology), Polish Academy of Sciences: Warsaw, 2001, p. 167-203.
Epirus in the early Christian centuries, [Lectures of the Friends of the Byzantine Museum of Ioannina, II], Ioannina, 2004. (Text in Greek, published as individual brochure.)
King Cunincpert and the archangel Michael. [Die Langobarden: Herrschaft und Identität], Vienna, 2005, p. 383-86.
Palaeography for the blind: Autopia? [Rinascimento Virtuale, La rete dei palimsesti Greci], Ravenna , Nov. 2003, (published on cd-rom.)
A structural program of assistance for visually impaired Graduate Students, so that they can follow the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Program in Mediaeval Studies of the University of Ioannina . [Atoma me anapiries stin tritovathmia ekpedefsi=People with disabilities in tertiary education], Kritiki Publishers, Athens 2003, p. 240-243. (In Greek.)
Panagiotis G. Antonopoulos – Panagiotis Con. Mangafas, Live witnesses of the fall of Constantinople in 1453: Four characteristic cases. [International Conference in the Context of the 9th Scientific Forum on Greece , Constantinople 550 years since the Fall.] Granada , 4-6 December 2003, Granada , 2006, Vol. 2, p. 41-51.
Byzantine Texts and their Place on the Net: A Bonus for the Community? [The International Mediaeval Congress], Leeds , July, 2000. (Augumented and presented in the 21st International Congress of Byzantine Studies, London , August-September 2006. (Published online at the time, but apparently withdrawn later.)
THE REIGN OF CUNINCPERT. SAGA, REALITY, STABILITY AND PROGRESS IN THE LOMBARD STATE OF Pavia AT THE END OF THE SEVENTH CENTURY, Porphyrogenitus Ltd., London, 2010. (his third book, written in English). Reviewed by Stefano Gasparri in The Bryan Mawr Maedieval Review (TMR) 11, 30/10/2011, and by C. P. Christou in Byzantina Symmeikta 21 (2011), 405- (in Greek).
Emperor Constans II's Intervention in Italy and its Ideological Significance, [BYZANTINE IDEOLOGY Between Roman Imperial and Christian Religion], (Akten des Internationalen Symposium (19.–21. Mai 2011) Edited by Johannes Koder und Ioannis Sturaitis, (ÖSTERREICHISCHE AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN PHILOSOPHISCH-HISTORISCHE KLASSE Denkschriften, 452. BAND XXX), (Wien 2012), p. 27-32.
Unpublished works and lectures
Gift and recipient. An interrelationship? [ The gift as symbol of authority in the transition period ], a Symposium held under the auspices of the European Science Foundation, Nicosia Cyprus , March 1999.
The different levels of foreigners in Byzantine diplomacy. [Lecture offered at the Goulandris-Horn Foundation, Athens Greece , April 2000.] (General title of program: Byzantium and the strangers. Text in Greek.), due to appear in the next volume of Dodone.
Byzantium and the Caucasian lands. The political implications of the legacy of St. Gregory the Illuminator. [San Gregorio L' Armeno e il suo culto nell' Italia meridionale], Lecce Italy , 18-21 October 2001. (Papers never published.)
Hungarian mediaeval historical sources and the terms Byzantium , Constantinopolis, Grecia. [Lecture presented at Kings College , London , England , and repeated at Exeter College , Oxford , in November 2001, on a personal invitation by Profs. Judy Herrin, and Elisabeth Jeffreys, respectively.]
Education for the visually impaired and the middle ages. [A series of two Lectures delivered in the Fall of 2005, at the Paedagogical section of Roma 3 University, Rome , Italy , at the invitation of Prof. Sandra Chistolini.]
BYZANTIUM IN THE SEVENTH CENTURY IN WESTERN SOURCES, [To appear in a volume offered in honour of Prof. Evangelos Chrysos, published by the National Foundation of Byzantine and Modern Greek Research in Athens . Text in Greek].
BYZANTIUM IN THE SEVENTH CENTURY THROUGH WESTERN SOURCES: THE CASE OF HERACLIUS. [A small section of the above, to be published as part of the proceedings of a symposium in the Faculty of Ancient and Mediaeval History, School of Philosophy , University of Ioannina . Text in Greek].
He has also participated in many conferences and symposia, at international, national and local level.
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