Professor Dr. Claudia Rapp

University of Vienna / Austrian Academy of Sciences

Project Leader


Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin; D.Phil. Oxford 1992; Professor, Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles (1994-2011);  Professor of Byzantine Studies, University of Vienna (since 2011); Director of the Division of Byzantine Research/IMAFO, Austrian Academy of Sciences (since 2012); Visiting Professor at Cornell University, Utrecht University, EHESS Paris, CEU Budapest, University of Ioannina; Fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study Princeton, Dumbarton Oaks, Institute for Advanced Studies Jerusalem, All Souls College Oxford, Macquarie University Sidney, Corpus Christi College Oxford.


Research interests:

  • Social and religious history
  • History of written and writing culture
  • Hagiography and the cult of saints
  • Cultural history


Publications (selection):

Rapp, C., Holy Bishops in Late Antiquity: The Nature of Christian Leadership in a Time of Transition, Berkeley etc. 2005 (paperback 2013).

Rapp, C., Brother-Making in Late Antiquity and Byzantium: Monks, Laymen and Christian Ritual, New York and Oxford 2016.





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University of Vienna

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Director, Division of Byzantine Research

Institute for Medieval Research

Austrian Academy of Sciences

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1020 Vienna, Austria