Prof M Lauxtermann

Professor M. Lauxtermann
Bywater and Sotheby Professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Language and Literature,
Fellow of Exeter College


Marc Lauxtermann has written extensively on Byzantine poetry and metre, and is the co-editor of a recent book on the letters of Psellos. Further research interests include translations of oriental tales in Byzantium, the earliest grammars and dictionaries of vernacular Greek, and the development of the Greek language in the eighteenth century.


History of the Greek Language, Greek Linguistics, Medieval and Early Modern Literature, Solomos and Dimotika, The Construction of the Past in Nineteenth-Century Greece, Literary Genres in Byzantium, Byzantine Poetry, Psellos and Contemporaries, Popular Tales of Byzantium, Byzantine Text Seminar


‘Observations on the Language and Metre of the Ptochoprodromika’ (with M.C. Janssen), in: T. Shawcross & I. Toth (eds), Reading in Byzantium and Beyond (Cambridge, 2017), **-**.

‘Introduction’, in: M.D. Lauxtermann & M. Whittow (eds), Being in Between: Byzantium in the Eleventh Century (London, 2017), **-**.

‘Introduction’, in: M. Jeffreys & M.D. Lauxtermann (eds), The Letters of Psellos: Cultural Networks and Historical Realities (Oxford, 2016), 3-12.

‘The Intertwined Lives of Michael Psellos and John Mauropous’, in: M. Jeffreys & M.D. Lauxtermann (eds), The Letters of Psellos: Cultural Networks and Historical Realities (Oxford, 2016), 89-127.

‘His, and Not His: The Poems of the Late Gregory the Monk’, in: A. Pizzone (ed.), The Byzantine Author in Middle Byzantine Literature: Modes, Functions, and Identities (Berlin-Boston, 2014), 77-86.

‘Tomi, Mljet, Malta: Critical Notes on a Twelfth-Century Southern Italian Poem of Exile’, JÖB 64 (2014) 155-176.

‘Constantine’s City: Constantine the Rhodian and the Beauty of Constantinople’, in: A. Eastmond & L. James (eds), Wonderful Things: Byzantium through its Art (Aldershot, 2013), 353-367.

‘Greek Hymns: Metrics’, in: J.R. Watson & E. Hornby (eds), The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology (Canterbury, 2013), accessible at,-metrics

‘«And Many, Many More»: a Sixteenth-Century Description of Private Libraries in Constantinople, and the Authority of Books’, in: P. Armstrong (ed.), Authority in Byzantium (Aldershot, 2013), 269-282.

‘Το παράπονο του δασκάλου: το τρίτο Πτωχοπροδρομικό και η βυζαντινή γραμματική παράδοση’ (with M.C. Janssen), in I. García Gálvez and O. Omatos Sáenz (eds.), Tolmiros Skapaneas. Homenaje al Profesor K. Dimadis (Vitoria-Gasteiz, 2012), 25-41.

 ‘Linguistic Encounters: The Presence of Spoken Greek in Sixteenth-Century Venice’, in D. Gondicas (ed.), Renaissance Encounters: Greek East and Latin West (Leiden, 2013), 189-207.

‘The Perils of Travel: Mark the Monk and Bodl. E. D. Clarke 15’, in: F. Bernard & K. Demoen (eds.), Giving a Small Taste: Poetry and its Contexts in 11th-century Byzantium (Aldershot, 2012), 195-206.

‘Byzantine Poetry’, in: R. Greene (ed.), The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (Princeton, 42012), 171-172.

‘Unhistoric Acts: The Three Lives of Romanos Nikiforou’, The Historical Review/La Revue Historique 9 (2012), 117-140.

‘The Authorship of the Corona Preciosa (1527): Stefano da Sabbio, Pietro Borrani and Dimitrios Zinos’, BMGS 35 (2011), 170-184.

‘Byzantine Didactic Poetry and the Question of Poeticality’, in: P. Odorico, P. A. Agapitos & M. Hinterberger (eds.), «Doux remède …»: poésie et poétique à Byzance, (Paris, 2009), 37-46.

‘Janus Lascaris and the Greek Anthology’, in: S. de Beer, K. A. E. Enenkel & D. Rijser (eds.), The Neo-Latin Epigram: a learned and witty genre (Leuven, 2009), 39-63.

‘Literary Aspects of Dutch Philhellenism’, in: E. Konstantinou (ed.), Das Bild Griechenlands im Spiegel der Völker (17. bis 20. Jahrhundert) (Frankfurt, 2008), 385-402.

Οι απαρχές του ρυθμού.Ένα δοκίμιο για τον πολιτικό στίχο και άλλα βυζαντινά μέτρα (Thessaloniki, 2007)

‘The Anthology of Cephalas’, in Byzantinische Sprachkunst. Studien zur byzantinischen Literatur gewidmet Wolfram Hörandner zum 65. Geburtstag, ed. M. Hinterberger & E. Schiffer (Berlin-New York, 2007), 194-208

‘Two Surveys of Modern Greek Literature: Stephanos Kanelos (1822) and Iakovakis Rizos Neroulos (1826)’, Kambos, 15 (2007), 125-148

‘All about George’, Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik, 55 (2005), 1-6

‘La poesia’, in Lo spazio letterario del medioevo. 3. Le culture circostanti. Volume 1. La cultura bizantina, ed. G. Cavallo & G. De Gregorio (Rome, 2004), 301-343

Byzantine Poetry from Pisides to Geometres. Texts and Contexts, vol. I (Vienna, 2003)

‘Byzantine Poetry and the Paradox of Basil II’s Reign’, in Byzantium in the Year 1000, ed. P. Magdalino (Leiden, 2003), 199-216

With M.C. Janssen, ‘The Oracles of Leo and the Tale of the True Emperor’, in The Oracles of the Most Wise Emperor Leo & the Tale of the True Emperor, ed. W.G. Brokkaar et al., (Amstelodamensis graecus VI E 8) (Amsterdam, 2002), 23-44

‘Digenis Akritis & Digenis Akritas. De receptie van het epos in het Griekenland van de negentiende en vroege twintigste eeuw’, in Oerteksten, ed. J. Leerssen & M. Mathijsen (Amsterdam, 2002), 41-54

‘Ninth-Century Classicism and the Erotic Muse’, in Desire and Denial in Byzantium, ed. L. James (Aldershot, 1999), 161-170

The Spring of Rhythm. An Essay on the Political Verse and Other Byzantine Metres (Vienna, 1999)

‘The Velocity of Pure Iambs. Byzantine Observations on the Metre and Rhythm of the Dodecasyllable’, Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik, 48 (1998), 9-33.

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