Dr. Dimitris Krallis

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Byzantine social and intellectual history


  • PhD, History, University of Michigan
  • MA, History, Oxford University


Dimitris Krallis holds a doctorate in history from the University of Michigan. He joined the History Department and the Hellenic Studies program at SFU in the fall of 2006 as a Byzantine Historian. His book, Michael Attaleiates and the Politics of Imperial Decline in Eleventh-century Byzantium, examines the uses of history and historiography in the context of eleventh-century political and cultural debates by focusing on the work of the judge and historian Michael Attaleiates. In collaboration with professor Anthony Kaldellis at the Ohio State University Dr Krallis translated the History of Michael Attaleiates for the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library series. He has also completed the first draft of his next book project, which will take readers on a tour of eleventh century Byzantium. His recent work ranges from explorations of Roman republican ideas in Byzantium to the place of Byzantine culture in modern post-secularist discourses.

Publications (Books)

Publications (Articles)

“Popular Political Agency in Byzantium’s Village and Towns” Byzantina Symmeikta 28 (2018), 11- 48.

“Historians, Politics, and the Polis in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries,” in J-C. Cheynet ed. Le onzième siècle (Travaux et mémoires 21) (Paris, 2017)

“Historiography as Political Debate,” in A. Kaldellis and N. Siniossoglou ed. The Cambridge Intellectual History of Byzantium (2017)

“Urbane Warriors: Smoothing out tensions between soldiers and civilians in Attaleiates’ encomium to Emperor Nikephoros III Botaneiates,” in M. Lauxterman and M. Whittow ed. Being in Between: Byzantium in the Eleventh Century (2017)

“Imagining Rome in Medieval Constantinople: Memory, Politics, and the Past in the Middle Byzantine Period” in P. Lambert and B. Weiler ed. How the Past was Used. Essays in Historical Culture (British Academy: London, 2017)

"Greek Glory, Constantinian Legend: Praxagoras’ Athenian Agenda in Zosimos’ New History," Journal of Late Antiquity 7.1 (Spring 2014): 110-130

"The Outsider’s Gaze: Reflections on Recent non-byzantinist Readings of Byzantine History and on their Implications for our Field," Βυζαντινά Σύμμεικτα 23 (2013): 183-200

"The Critic’s Byzantine Ploy: Voltairean Confusion in Postsecularist Narratives," boundary 2 40.1 (2013): 223-243

Harmless satire, stinging critique: Notes and Suggestions for reading the Timarion,” in Angelov D. and Saxby M. ed., Power and Subversion in Byzantium. Ashgate/Variorum, 2013.

Imagining a Community: Global and Regional Perspectives on Hellenism and Islam,” with Thomas Kuehn, in Krallis D. and Kuehn T., ed. Journal of Modern Hellenism - Hellenism and Islam: Global and Historical Perspectives (Winter 2010-2011).

“‘Democratic’ Action in Eleventh-Century Byzantium: Michael Attaleiates’ ‘Republicanism’ in Context,” Viator 40 No. 2 (Fall 2009): 35-53.

“Sacred Emperor, Holy Patriarch: A New Reading of the Clash between Emperor Isaakios I Komnenos and Patriarch Michael Keroularios in Attaleiates’ History,” Byzantinoslavica 67 (2009): 169-190.

“Michael Attaleiates as a Reader of Psellos” in Barber Ch. ed., Reading Michael Psellos. Leiden, 2006.

“The army that crossed two frontiers and established a third: the uses of the frontier by an eleventh-century Byzantine author” in Frontières au moyen âge - Frontiers in the Middle Ages. F.I.D.E.M. series, Textes et études du moyen âge (2006).

"Michael Attaleiates: History as Politics in Eleventh-Century Byzantium." Ph.D Thesis, University of Michigan, 2006.

Publications (Book Reviews)

WARREN TREADGOLD, The Middle Byzantine Historians. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, Speculum 90/1 (January 2015): 302-3.

ALICIA SIMPSON, Niketas Choniates: A Historiographical Study. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, Βυζαντινά Σύμμεικτα 24 (2014): 347-51.

LEONORA NEVILLE, Heroes and Romans in Twelfth-Century Byzantium: The Material for History of Nikephoros Bryennios. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012, The English Historical Review 129 [538] (2014): 675-77.

GILL PAGE, Being Byzantine: Greek Identity before the Ottomans. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008, Journal of Hellenic Studies 131 (2011).

YOUVAL ROTMAN, Byzantine Slavery and the Mediterranean World. Trans. Jane Marie Todd. Cambridge, Mass., and London: Harvard University Press, 2009, Speculum 86.1 (2011): 266-268.

MARCUS RAUTMAN, Daily Life in the Byzantine Empire. (The Greenwood Press “Daily Life through History” Series.) Westport, Conn., and London: Greenwood Press, 2006, Speculum (April 2008): 474-475.


In 2017 Dr. Krallis organized a symposium titled: Collectivities, Individuals, Identity and the Polity, held in early February at SFU's Burnaby and Vancouver campuses. He also attended the 51st Annual Conference of the Medieval Association of the Pacific held March 18, 2017 at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles CA and presented a paper titled Mapping Statecraft in the Middle Byzantine Period. In early May Dr Krallis was at the University of Belgrade as a guest of the Department of History and presented two papers titled Corrupting the Law with the Gifts of Friendship: Effective Governance and the Challenge of Social Affinities, The Case of Psellos and The Mundane Mechanics of Politics: Byzantine Villages and Towns as loci of Political Activity for the Lecture Series in Byzantine Social History.

Over the summer Dr Krallis led a group of SFU, Douglas College and KPU students to Athens and to the Island of Lesvos as director of the Greece Field School. While in Greece Dr. Krallis taught a class on the Ancient Greek City as Laboratory of Civilization.