The Team

Language Instructors

Aglae Pizzone
Aglae Pizzone is a Byzantinist with a training in classics. In her research she focuses on cultural history and history of the ideas. She is currently assistant professor in Medieval Literature at the Danish Institute for Advanced Study, hosted by the University of Southern Denmark. She is currently interested autography and self-commentaries in the Greek Middle Ages. She has recently discovered new autograph notes by John Tzetzes in the Voss. Gr. Q1 . Recent publications include “Self-authorization and Strategies of Autography in John Tzetzes,” Greek roman and Byzantine Studies, 60.4 (2020) 652-690.

Christian Høgel
Christian Høgel, prof. of Byzantine literature, University of Southern Denmark, co-director of the Centre for Medieval Literature, co-director of the Retracing Connections project; research areas include: hagiography (metaphrasis – rewriting –and literary approaches to hagiography); the Greek translation of the Qur’an; and the concept of imperial languages.

Julian Yolles
Julian Yolles is a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Medieval Literature and focuses on cross-cultural connections between Latin and Arabic literatures. He co-edited Medieval Latin Lives of Muhammad (2018); now in press is a monograph: Making the East Latin: The Latin Literature of the Levant in the Era of the Crusades (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Humanities).

Réka Forrai
Réka Forrai is based at the University of Southern Denmark. She is Associate Professor at the Department of History  and Research Fellow at the Centre for Medieval Literature. A classical philologist, she is specialized in the Middle Ages. She teaches Latin and Greek language and literature of both the classical and later periods. Her area of scholarship is medieval intellectual history, and in particular the history of medieval translation theories and practices, with an emphasis of Greek-Latin translations. Transmission of knowledge, and language, as a vehicle for it, are in the focus of her research, just as well as questions of patronage, issues of learning and power, and cultural policies of medieval institutions.

Sandro Nikolaishvili
Dr. Sandro Nikolaishvili is a Byzantinist, and a Kartvelologist specializing in the Byzantine and Georgian history. His research focuses on the cultural and political relations between Late Antique/Medieval Georgia and the Byzantine Empire. He obtained a Ph.D. degree in Medieval Studies from the Central European University in 2019. Currently, he is a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Medieval Literature, the University of Southern Denmark, and a member of the project Retracing Connections: Byzantine Storyworlds in Greek, Arabic, Georgian, and Old Slavonic (c.950 – c.1100).


Joel Kalvesmaki
Dr. Joel Kalvesmaki (Fellow, Catholic University of America) is a scholar in early Christianity, an innovator in the digital humanities, and a professional software developer. Author/editor of three scholarly monographs and the online reference work Guide to Evagrius Ponticus, Kalvesmaki is director of the Text Alignment Network

Lars Boje Mortensen
Lars Boje Mortensen is head of Centre for Medieval Literature and professor at The University of Southern Denmark. His research lies within Latin Literature of the European Middle Ages, esp. historiography, intellectual culture and book culture between c. 1050 and 1250. He furthermore publishes on issues of interdisciplinarity and large scale literary history.

Stratis Papaioannou
Stratis Papaioannou is Professor of Byzantine Philology (University of Crete). Major publications: Christian Novels from the Menologion of Symeon Metaphrastes (2017); Michael Psellus, Epistulae (2019); Μιχαὴλ Ψελλός. Ἡ ρητορικὴ καὶ ὁ λογοτέχνης στὸ Βυζάντιο (2021); The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Literature (2021). Current project: The Life of Theodore of Edessa.