Divna Valerieva Manolova


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Research interests

Divna’s research deals with Byzantine intellectual history and, in particular, with the history of Byzantine science and philosophy. She has worked on the interaction between philosophy/science and rhetoric in medieval epistolography, on education in Byzantium, and most recently, she has embarked on the history of emotions and on the cognitive function of cosmological diagrams in medieval Greek manuscripts. In addition, Divna is currently conducting a series of interviews with members of the Byzantine Studies community entitled Revealing the Voices Behind the Cover, thus working to create an oral history of the field.

Employment History

Divna obtained her MA and PhD at Central European University in Budapest and held pre- and postdoctoral positions at Dumbarton Oaks, the Research Center for Anatolian Civilisations, Brown University’s Department of Classics, New Europe College, the Institute for Research in the Humanities of the University of Bucharest and was most recently, the principal investigator of a project on polymathy and intellectual curiosity in late Byzantium funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie/POLONEZ 1 grant.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Discourses of Science and Philosophy in the Letters of Nikephoros Gregoras, Central European University

Award Date: 18 Nov 2014

Masters, Sophonias the Philosopher. A Preface of an Aristotelian Commentary: Structure, Intention, and Audience , Central European University

Award Date: 19 Jun 2008


  • DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
  • Byzantine Studies
  • C Auxiliary sciences of history (General)
  • Greek palaeography
  • Q Science (General)
  • History of science
  • B Philosophy (General)
  • History of philosophy
  • PA Classical philology
  • Byzantine literature

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