Vassilios Christides



Ph.D        Princeton University (1970)

MA         University of California, Los Angeles   

BA          University of Athens 

Research Honours

Honorary Medal of the                      October 2006

Dept. of Asian and African Studies

of St. Petersburg State University

Research Fellow                                  Summer 2002 and 2003. The University of

                                                           Oklahoma. The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship                                                             

                                                           Spring 1999. Princeton University


Visiting Scholar                                   Fall 1996.  Institute for Advanced Study,

                                                           Princeton.  Fulbright grant 


                                                           Summer 1980. Institute for Advanced Study,

                                                            Princeton.  Fulbright grant

American Philosophical

 Society Award                                    1973

American Council of Learned

 Societies Award                                  1973

Junior Fellow                                      1965-1968. Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University                                                          

Teaching experience

New York College, Athens, 2004-2010 (part time)
University of La Verne, Athens branch, 1983-2004 (part time)
University of Cyprus, 1998, Fall Semester

University of the Aegean, Spring Semester 2002

University of Ioannina, 1989 - 1998

University of Thessaloniki, 1978-1982

Columbia University, 1971-1977

University of Minnesota, 1970-1971

St. John's College (Annapolis), 1969-1970

Currently Research Associate at the Department of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, University of South African


Visiting Professor -Lectures

National Research Foundation, Athens, public seminars, spring 2011, 2012, 2013
Princeton University, September 2003
Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa, September 2001
Sorbonne University, March-April 2001 and March-May 1994, Directeur d’Études
University of Ain Shams, Egypt, March 2000


Five lectures at the University of Zhongshan, Guangzhou, China (December 26, 2009 – January 10, 2010)

University of Cordoba (October 28-29, 2009)

University of Ain Shams, Egypt, February 2008

University of Bergen, Norway, September 2006,  summer sessions, 1995, 1992, 1991,  1988

Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Slavonic Studies, April 2005

University of Cairo, Egypt, March 1998

University of Yarmouk, Jordan, February-May 1993

Free University of Berlin, 2011, 1991, 1984

University of Kuwait, Kuwait, 1988

University of Tübingen, Germany, 1986


1.  The Image of the Pre-Islamic Arab in the Byzantine Sources, Princeton 1970.

2.  The Conquest of Crete by the Arabs (ca. 824). A Turning Point in the Struggle

     between Byzantium and Islam, Academy of Athens, Athens 1984.

3.  Byzantine Libya and the March of the Arabs towards the West of North Africa,

     BAR International Series, Oxford 2000.

4. The Image of Cyprus in the Arabic Sources, Nicosia 2006. Edition of the Foundation of Archbishop Makarios III Cultural Center.

5. East and West, Essays on Byzantine and Arab Worlds in the Middle Ages, edition by Vassilios Christides, Juan Pedro Monferrer and Theodoros Papadopoullos, Pisataway, N. J. 2009.

6. The Martyrdom of Athanasius of Klysma. A Saint from the Egyptian Desert, study, edition and translation of the Greek and Arabic texts by Vassilios Christides, Christian Høgel and Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala, Institute for Graeco-Oriental and African Studies, Athens 2012.

About 80 articles in numerous periodicals such as Byzantion, Le Muséon, Encyclopaedia of Islam, The Dictionary of Middle Ages, Oxford Encyclopaedia of Maritime History, Ekklesiastikos Pharos, Antiquité Tardive, Byzantinoslavica, Annales d’Ethiopie, Byzantinische Zeitschrift, Berytus, American Nepture, Tropis, Graeco-Arabica, Collectanea Christiana Orientalia, and others.

Other activities

Chief Editor of the periodical GRAECO-ARABICA (11 volumes, 1982-2011). Reviewer of the periodicals Al-Masaq and Qurtuba

Member of the External Referee Committee of the periodical Collectanea Christiana Orientalia.

Director of the Institute for Graeco-Oriental and African Studies, Kryoneri Attikis

Organization of thirteen International Congresses on Greek-Oriental and African Studies (1983-2011) in Athens, Delphi, Cyprus, Oinoussai-Chios, Neapoli of Laconia  Kryoneri Attikis, Heraklion of Crete.

Lecture and exhibition of Byzantine-Arab warships at the National Research Foundation, Athens (June 10, 2013)

Special focus on Navigation


I have organized four exhibitions on Navigation: (a) in the International European Center of Delphi (1985), (b) in The National Research Foundation (1990), (c) in the Cultural Center of Athens and in the Research Center of Kuwait (1998), (d) Exhibition of models of Byzantine and Arab ships at the Development Center of  Oinoussai-Agean (2000), exhibition of models of Byzantine-Arab warships in Naxos sponsored by the Institute for Graeco-Oriental and African Studies and the Historical Association of Naxos, “Arsos” (September 2012)

Forthcoming Activities

Participation in the International Congress in Johannesburg (May 2014), organized by Prof. B. Hendrickx, University of Johannesburg

Publication of the 12th volume of the periodical Graeco-Arabica (2014), Proceedings of the International conference on Graeco-Oriental and African Studies (Heraklion, Crete, November 2011)

Conference in Naxos with the topic “The trade routes and navigation in the Mediterranean from the 7th to the 13th century, and in the Red Sea from the 4th to the 7th century” (September 2013)

Forthcoming Articles

The Odyssey of the Andalusian Conquerors of Crete: From Cordoba via Alexandria to Crete, Graeco-Arabica 12.

PIRACY, PRIVATEERING AND MARITIME VIOLENT ACTIONS: Maritime Violent Activities of the Taifa of Denia in Spain (11th c.) vs. the Arab Maritime Jihād in the Eastern Mediterranean from the middle of the 7th c. – 11th c., in Seeraub im Mittelemeerraum, ed. Nikolas Jaspert and Sebastian Kolditz.

What Went Wrong in the Long Distance Roman Naval Power in the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean in the Late Third Century AD, in Graeco-latina et orientalia. Studia in honorem Angeli Urbani sexagenarii.

The Naval Battle of Dhāt al-Ṣawāri Revisited (ca 653, 654 or 655), in Marine Archaeology, New Delhi.

The Literary Sources of the Battle of Dhāt al-Ṣawāri, in the Festschrift of Prof. Ben Hendrickx, University of Johannesburg.

Travels in the Erythraean Sea, the Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean in the Byzantine and Arabic Sources: Imagination and Reality. Ekklesiastikos Pharos.

Greek fire, in Encyclopaedia of Islam, 3rd edition, and two articles about the Andalusian conquerors of Crete and the emirate of Crete to be written in this encyclopaedia.


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