Short CV/Education and training

  • 1988 – 1992
    Studied history and archaeology at the University of Crete, Greece (received degree in 1992)

  • 1992 – 1993
    Participated in the University of Crete research project "Bibliography of the Byzantine monuments in Crete" (directed by Prof. Dr. S. Papadaki-Oekland)

  • 1994 – 1995
    Studied classical archaeology and art history at the University of Leipzig, Germany

  • 1995 – 2001
    Doctoral studies at Heidelberg University, Germany. Major subject: Byzantine archaeology and art history. Minor subjects: classical archaeology, art history

  • 2001
    Doctorate from the Faculty of Oriental Studies and Classical and Ancient Studies at Heidelberg University

  • Since 2001
    Assistant lecturer at Heidelberg University in the Institute for Byzantine Archaeology and Art History

  • 2006 – 2008
    Appointed to the Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture of the Austrian Academy of Sciences on the START project "The catacombs of Saint Domitilla in Rome. The archaeology, architecture and art history of a necropolis in Late Antiquity" (project director: Dr. N. Zimmermann)

  • 2008
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in the Faculty of Cultural Studies at LMU Munich, Germany, and venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in the subject Art History in Late Antiquity and Byzantium

  • 2008 – 2009
    Acting professor at LMU Munich, Department of Byzantine Studies, Byzantine Art History and Modern Greek Studies

  • 2009
    Appointed professor of Christian archaeology and Byzantine art history at Mainz University, Germany

Selected publications

  • V. Tsamakda, The Illustrated Chronicle of Ioannes Skylitzes in Madrid, Leiden 2002.

  • V. Tsamakda, Zwei seltene Szenen aus der Kreuzauffindungslegende in Kreta, in: Byzantinische Zeitschrift 97 (2004), 153-166.

  • I. Eichner/V. Tsamakda (Hrsg.), Syrien und seine Nachbarn von der Spätantike bis in die islamische Zeit [Spätantike – Frühes Christentum – Byzanz, Bd. 25], Wiesbaden 2009.

  • V. Tsamakda, Eine ungewöhnliche Darstellung der Heilung des Paralytikers in der Domitilla-Katakombe: zur Verwendung des Wunderstabes in der frühchristlichen Kunst, in: Mitteilungen zur Christlichen Archäologie 15 (2009) 25-46.

  • V. Tsamakda, König David als Typos des byzantinischen Kaisers, in: F. Daim/J. Drauschke, Byzanz-Das Römerreich im Mittelalter [Monographien des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums 84], Mainz 2010, 24-54.

  • B. Fourlas / V. Tsamakda (Hrsg.), Wege nach Byzanz, Ausstellungskatalog Mainz 2011.

  • V. Tsamakda, Zwischen Heidentum und Christentum. Zur Bildsprache der nordafrikanischen Terra Sigillata-Schalen mit Reliefappliken des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums in Mainz, Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologen-Verbandes 42 (2011), 99-113.

  • V. Tsamakda, Die Panagia-Kirche und die Erzengelkirche in Kakodiki. Werkstattgruppen, kunst- und kulturhistorische Analyse byzantinischer Wandmalerei des 14. Jhs. auf Kreta, Wien 2012.

  • Since 2014: Editor of the "Reallexikon zur byzantinischen Kunst"

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Damned in Hell in Venetian-dominated Cretan Frescoes (13th-17th centuries). Directors: Dr. A. Lymberopoulou (Open University, Milton Keynes) and Prof. Dr. V. Tsamakda. Funded by The Leverhulme Trust, London.

  • Photo documentation of Cretan mural paintings during the period of Venetian rule (1211-1669), partially funded by the Research Unit "Historical Cultural Sciences" and by internal research funding sources at Mainz University.

  • DFG-project "Documentation and evaluation of the greek inscriptions of Crete (13th-17th c.) ", in conjunction with Prof. Dr. J. Althoff, PD Dr. Andreas Rhoby and doctoral students and undergraduate students at Mainz University.

  • Study of the North African ceramics in the holdings of the Romano-Germanic Central Museum in Mainz.

  • Participation in the START project "The catacombs of Domitilla in Rome. The archaeology, architecture and art history of a necropolis in Late Antiquity." Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture, Vienna (project director: Dr. N. Zimmermann).

  • Curator of the exhibition "Roads to Byzantium", the Mainz State Museum, 6th November 2011 – 5th February 2012 (together with B. Fourlas).

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the board of the Mainz science campus "Byzantium between occident and orient"

  • Deputy chairperson of the German Association for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies

  • Deputy chairperson of the Christian Archaeology Association for Researching the Culture of Late Antiquity, the Early Middle Ages and Byzantium

  • Member of the Research Unit "Historical Cultural Sciences" at Mainz University

  • Member of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies

  • Member of the advisory board to the journal Byzantinischen Zeitschrift (Byzantine Journal)


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