Dr Tim Greenwood
Dr Tim Greenwood

Dr Tim Greenwood

MA, DPhil (Oxon.) – Senior Lecturer

Contact Details

E-mail - twg3@st-andrews.ac.uk
Telephone - +44 (0)1334 463301
Fax - +44 (0)1334 463334

Research Profile on Research@StAndrews


Teaching and Research Interests

My teaching interests extend across mediaeval Byzantium and the Near East (6th–11th centuries) with particular interest in the Caucasus and Sasanian Persia. My research is centred upon Armenian political, social and cultural history across the same period, analysing and exploiting literary, epigraphic and architectural sources. A translation and commentary of an eleventh-century Armenian composition, the Tiezerakan Patmut‘iwn or Universal History by Step'anos Taronec'i, will be published in early 2017.

Main Publications

  • ‘A Corpus of Early Medieval Armenian Silver’, Dumbarton Oaks Papers 69 (2015), 115-146
  • ‘Oversight, Influence and Mesopotamian connections to Armenia across the Sasanian and early Islamic periods’, in Mesopotamia in the Ancient World: Impact, Continuities, Parallels Proceedings of the Seventh Symposium of the Melammu Project Held in Obergurgl, Austria 4–8 November 2013, Melammu Symposia 7, ed. R. Rollinger and E. van Dongen (Münster, 2015), pp. 509-523
  • ‘“Imagined past, revealed present”: A Reassessment of the History of Tarōn [Patmut‘iwn Tarōnoy]’, in Mélanges Jean-Pierre Mahé, ed. P. Boisson, A. Mardirossian, A. Ouzounian and C. Zuckerman, Travaux et mémoires XVIII (2014): 377-392
  • ‘Armenian Epigraphy’, in Armenian Philology in the Modern Era: From Manuscript to Digital Text,ed. V. Calzolari with M. Stone, Handbuch der Orientalistik 23/1  (Leiden, 2014), 101-121
  • 'Armenia', in The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity, ed. S.F. Johnson (Oxford and New York, 2012) ,115-141
  • 'A Reassessment of the History of Łewond', Le Muséon 125 1-2 (2012), 99-167
  • 'A Reassessment of the Life and Mathematical Problems of Anania Širakac'i', Revue des études arméniennes 33 (2011), 131-186
  • ‘The Emergence of the Bagratuni Kingdoms of Kars and Ani’, in Armenian Kars and Ani, ed. R. Hovannisian, UCLA Armenian History and Culture Series. Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces 10 (Costa Meza CA, 2011), 43-64
  • 'Patterns of Contact and Communication: Constantinople and Armenia 860-976', in Armenian Constantinople, UCLA Armenian History and Culture Series, Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces 9, ed. R. Hovannisian and S. Payaslian (Costa Meza CA, 2010), 73-100
  • Entry on 'T'ovma Artsruni', in Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History vol. 2 (900-1050), ed. D. Thomas and A. Mallett, (Leiden, 2010), 102-107 [ View entry]
  • Entries on ‘The History of Sebeos’, ‘The Letter of Leo III in Ghewond’, ‘Movsēs Daskhurants‘i’ and ‘Ghewond’, in Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History vol. 1 (600-900), ed. D Thomas and B. Roggema, (Leiden, 2009), 139-44, 203-8, 261-67 and 866-71
  • 'Armenian neighbours (600-1045)', in The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire, ed. J. Shepard (Cambridge, 2008), 333-364 CLICK HERE
  • 'Sasanian Reflections in Armenian Sources', e-Sasanika 5 (2008), at   http://www.humanities.uci.edu/sasanika/pdf/e-sasanika5-Greenwood.pdf
  • '"New Light from the East": Chronography and Ecclesiastical History through a late Seventh-Century Armenian Source', Journal of  Early Christian Studies 16.2 (2008), 197-254, at http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_early_christian_studies/v016/16.2.greenwood.pdf
  • 'Armenian Sources', Byzantines and Crusaders in non-Greek Sources 1025-1204, ed. Mary Whitby, [Proceedings of the British Academy 132] (Oxford, 2007), 221-252.
  • ‘The Armenian Presence in Edessa after the Muslim Conquest’ in Armenian Tigranakert/Diarbekir and Edessa/Urfa, UCLA Armenian History and Culture Series; Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces 6, ed. R. Hovannisian, (Costa Meza CA, 2006), 137-152
  • ‘The discovery of the relics of St Grigor and the development of Armenian tradition in ninth-century Byzantium’, in Byzantine Style Religion and Civilization In Honour of Sir Steven Runciman, ed. E. Jeffreys, (Cambridge University Press, 2006), 177-191
  • ‘Failure of a Mission? Photius and the Armenian Church’, Le Muséon 119 1-2 (2006), 123-167
  • with Edda Vardanyan, Hakob's Gospels: The Life And Work of an Armenian Artist of the Sixteenth Century, (London, 2006) [Details]
  • ‘A Corpus of Early Medieval Armenian Inscriptions’, Dumbarton Oaks Papers 58 (2004), 27-91, at http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/3591380.pdf
  • ‘An Unpublished Seventeenth-Century Armenian Psalter, a Constantinopolitan Scriptorium and Markos Patkerahan’, Revue des études arméniennes 29 (2003-2004), 323-382
  •  ‘Sasanian Echoes and Apocalyptic Expectations: A Re-evaluation of the Armenian History attributed to Sebeos’, Le Muséon 115 3-4 (2002), 323-397
  • ‘Teaching Armenia’, at http://hca.ltsn.ac.uk/resources/overnight_expert/Teaching-Armenia.pdf

Administrative Duties

Deputy Director of the Institute of Iranian Studies
Sub-Honours adviser
Joint Mediaeval Studies Seminar Co-ordinator with Ana del Campo
Module Co-ordinator for ME1003

Teaching Duties

Participates in the teaching and lecturing on ME1003 and MH2002 and offers the following Honours courses:

Research Students

I am interested in supervising research on Armenian, Byzantine and Sasanian history and historiography.

Current Research Students

  • James Carey, The Mechanics of Diplomacy between the East Roman and Sasanian Empires in Late Antiquity (c. 485-630 CE)
  • Stephanie Pambakian, Anania Širakac‘i and Scientific Knowledge in Late Antique Armenia

Completed Research Students

  • Berenike Walburg, The Persian Gateway: International Trade between the Seventh and Ninth Centuries’  (2013) [Posthumously]
  • David Bagot: State and Aristocracy in the Sasanian Empire (2014)
  • Elisabeth Mincin: Curing the Common Soul: Rethinking Byzantine Heresy Literary Motif of Disease (11th-12th Centuries) (2015)



Main Publications

Hakobs Gospels