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«January 2020»

Philip Rance

Philip Rance No permanent affiliation
United Kingdom
Private Libraries and Book Culture in the Late Byzantine Empire
Advanced Academia Platform

Philip Rance studied History and Classics (MA) at the University of St. Andrews, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in Ancient History. He has taught ancient and medieval history and Greek language and literature at universities in the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium, and held senior research fellowships at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (Humboldt-Forschungsstipendium), Koç University Istanbul (for research in the Topkapı Palace Library), Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel and Freie Universität Berlin, where he is a Visiting Scholar. He has published widely on late antique and Byzantine history and literature, with a focus on military culture and Greek, Roman and Byzantine technical/scientific writing, its manuscript tradition and reception.

Selected recent and forthcoming publications:

  • P. Rance (ed.), A Companion to Greek and Roman Military Literature (Brill: in preparation)
  • P. Rance, ‘Late Byzantine Elites and Military Literature: Authors, Readers and Manuscripts (11th-15th Centuries)’ in: G. Theotokis and A. Yildiz (eds.), A Military History of the Mediterranean Sea – Aspects of War, Diplomacy and Military Elites (Brill: Leiden/Boston 2018) 255-286
  • P. Rance, ‘An Unpublished Byzantine Medical Fragment (Parisinus suppl. gr. 607): Pharmaceutical Knowledge and Practice in Tenth-Century Constantinople’, Παρεκβολαί / Parekbolai. A Journal for Byzantine Literature 7 (2017) 69-95
  • P. Rance and N.V. Sekunda (eds.), Greek Taktika. Ancient Military Writing and its Heritage (Akanthina Monographs 13: Gdańsk 2017; ISBN 978-83-7531-242-3), 388 pp.
  • P. Rance, ‘The Reception of Aineias’ Poliorketika in Byzantine Military Literature’ in: M. Pretzler and N. Barley (eds.), Brill’s Companion to Aineias Tacticus (Brill: Leiden/Boston 2017) 290-373
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