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Ewan Short

Research student,


I am an AHRC funded doctoral research student. My Ph.D. thesis is provisionally titled Imperial women and political legitimacy in Byzantium: 976-1103. More widely, I am interested in women's history in late antiquity and the early medieval period, gender studies, eleventh- and twelfth-century Greek literature and the history of the built environment of Istanbul. 


Research interests


Short, E. and MacDonald, E. (forthcoming, 2020) ‘Shirin in Context: The Wives of Khosrow Parvez’, in Kerstin Droß-Krüpe & Sebastian Fink (eds), (Self-)Presentation and Perception of Powerful Women in the Ancient World, Proceedings of the Eighth Workshop of the Melammu Project, University of Kassel, 30 January-1 February 2019.

Short, E. and Huig, E., 2020, 'Feasting and Reading: Some Suggestions on Approaching Banquet Scenes in Rhodanthe and Dosikles'. SHARE: Studies In History, Archaeology, Religion And Conservation 4 (1). Pp.1–25. 

Short, E., 2019, ‘The Agency and Authority of Agnes of France and Margaret of Hungary in the Aftermath of the Fall of Constantinople (1204-1206)’. Question Journal 4. Pp. 28-37.

Short, E., 2019, ‘The Socioemotional Labour Performed by Women in the Medieval Byzantine Oikos (1000 – 1118)’. Gendered Voices 4. Pp. 18-23.


Imperial women and political legitimacy in Byzantium: 976-1103

The purpose of this study is to explain the visibility of imperial women in sources for the history of eleventh-century Byzantium. I focus my examination upon imperial women’s significance within discourses which rationalised and shaped imperial legitimacy in the seventy-five years between 976 and 1103. I further investigate how imperial women enacted agency within the framework structured by these discourses.

Funding source

South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership