March 31, 2023

Sexual Temptations in Early Byzantine Collective Biographies

By Dr. Andria Andreou, Centre for Medieval Arts and Rituals, UCY

Were early Christian ascetics tempted by sexual desire? And if they did, in what forms did they experience such a temptation? How did they manage (or not) to overcome temptation? The hard battles that ascetics gave against sexual temptations, as depicted in two collections of early Byzantine tales, is the subject of this blog post.
February 1, 2021

Chrystalla Loizou

Chrystalla Loizou works on a PhD thesis on the dynamic rural landscape of medieval Cyprus (12th-15th centuries) at the University of Cyprus under the supervision of Associate Professor A. Vionis. Her PhD is funded by the University of Cyprus and A. G. Leventis Foundation.
February 1, 2021

Savvas Mavromatidis

Savvas Mavromatidis is a PhD student at the University of Cyprus working on the funerary sculpture of the Lusignan Cyprus (1192-1474/89). His PhD is funded by the University of Cyprus. The aim of his research is to interpret Cypriot artistic production and topics presented on or related to the funerary slabs (iconography, epigraphy, dress, heraldry, memory), placing Cyprus at the centre of a cross-cultural dialogue that took place in the eastern Mediterranean during the late Middle Ages.
February 1, 2021

Dr Marina Ilia

Marina Ilia obtained her PhD in History at the University of Cyprus in 2021. Her main research interest centres on the Cypriot rural population under Venetian rule. Her PhD thesis, entitled ‘Socioeconomic Aspects of Rural Life in Venetian Cyprus’, focuses on the family as a social and economic unit within specific settlements.
February 1, 2021

Theocharis Petrou

Theocharis Petrou is a doctoral student at the University of Cyprus in the Interdepartmental Postgraduate Programme in Byzantine Studies and the Latin East. The subject of his doctorate is “The Presence of the Holy Cross in Cyprus: Legends, Traditions and the Historical Truth (4th-16th century BC)”.