Olga Vlachou

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Olga is a Byzantinist focusing on the social history of the Komnenoi and Angeloi dynasties. Having a theological background, she acquired her MA diploma in Byzantine History from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), writing her thesis on the prosopography and social networks of Michael Choniates’ epistolography (ca. 1176-ca. 1204)] in 2021. Since then, she has dedicated her scholarly work to the study of epistolographic corpora from 12th-century Byzantium.

Currently, she is starting her Ph.D. project, aiming to reconstruct the social networks of 12th-century Byzantium through the surviving letters of contemporary literati. Her goal is to create a “map” of the Byzantine society of the era using the sociological methodology of Social Network Analysis (SNA) to approach medieval sources, facilitated by various digital tools. Through this process, Olga seeks a new approach to urban development, educational history, social mobility, and horizontal socialization in Byzantium.


2021, MA in Byzantine History. Department of History and Archaeology, School of Philosophy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
2017, BA in Orthodox Theology. Department of Theology, School of Theology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens