Lecturer (tenured)

Official Government Gazette, Issue: 1916/18.10.2019 τ. Γ΄.
Academic field: Social and Cultural History of Byzantium

Οffice: Binio bulding

+30 22510 36327 ismarnakis@sa.aegean.gr

Yannis Smarnakis received his university degree in History and Archaeology from the University of Athens in 1993. His postgraduate studies were in Byzantine History at the Universities of Athens and Brussels. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Athens in 2005 with a thesis on the subject “Renaissance and Byzantium: The Case Study of Plethon”. He has taught courses of Byzantine History at the University of Ioannina and the University of the Aegean. In 2013 he was appointed lecturer in Social and Cultural History of Byzantium at the University of Aegean. His research interests mainly concern the social and cultural history of the late Byzantine era with an emphasis on issues related to the construction of identities and otherness, the history of the political thought, the perceptions of the past, the urban revolts and the historiography about Byzantium.

Current Courses

H-214 Introduction to Social and Cultural History of Byzantium (compulsory course)
W/S-069 Greek History in European Perspective (elective seminar taught jointly)
CHC-2 Ruptures in Macro- and Microhistory: The Byzantine world after 1204 (graduate course, MA in Crisis and Historical Change )

Courses Taught

H-226 The Byzantine Cities (4th – 15th c.) (elective course)
H-286 Utopias and Dystopias in the Byzantine World (elective course)
W/S-030 Historiography of Byzantium (elective seminar)


2017: Byzantine Renaissance and Utopia: Plethon and the Despotate of Mistra, Athens: Eurasia, pp. 202 (in Greek).

Selection of articles and book chapters

2020: “Nicolas Svoronos and the Social History of Byzantium”, in: Proceedings of the Conference, “The Contribution of the historians Nicolas Svoronos and Spyros Asdrachas”, Lefkas 19-20/4/2019, Nea Estia (in Greek, under publication).

2020: “The Uprisings of the Zealots and the Ciompi: Political Violence, Rituals and Transformations of the Urban Space”, in: Proceedings of the International Conference, “European cities in Crisis: from the 12th century to the present”, Athens 2-3/2/2017, Athens: Herodotus (with Eleni Tounta, in Greek, under publication).

2018: “Thessaloniki during the Zealots’ Revolt (1342-1350): Power, Political Violence and the Transformation of the Urban Space”, Scandinavian Journal of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 4 (2018), p. 119-147. https://journals.lub.lu.se/sjbmgs/article/view/19702

2015: “Rethinking Roman Identity after the Fall (1453): Perceptions of ‘Romanitas’ by Doukas and Sphrantzes”, Byzantina Symmeikta 25, p. 211-234.

2007: “A Contribution to the Archaeology of Modern Utopian Thought: History and Utopia in Plethon’s Oeuvre”, Historein 7, p. 103-113. http://ejournals.epublishing.ekt.gr/index.php/historein/article/view/2143/1983

2005: “Ancient History and Hermeneutical Strategies in Plethon”, in: T. Kioussopoulou (ed.), 1453: The Fall of Constantinople and the Transition from Medieval to Modern Times, Herakleio: Crete University Press, p. 173-181 (in Greek).

2000: “Internet and Textual Representations of Virtual Cities: The Case Study of Multi User Domains (M.U.D.’s)”, in: Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress, The City in Modern Times. Mediterranean and Balkan aspects (19th – 20th centuries), Athens 27- 30/ 11/ 1997, Athens: EMNE Mnemon, p. 285-295 (with Angelos Vlachos, in Greek).

1998: “Social Hierarchies in Plethon’s Texts and their Models”, Symmeikta 12, p. 215-236 (in Greek).