PD Dr. Sergei Mariev is one of the world’s leading experts in the 1000-year history of the Byzantine Empire. For our project, he is involved in developing the picture idea for Byzantine art and medieval book illumination. One of the main focuses is the Byzantine image controversy, a topic that even today has fascinating and informative aspects.
Sergei Mariev was born in Saint Petersburg and grew up in the USA. He first studied classical philology in Utah and then Byzantine, Greek and Latin philology of the Middle Ages at the LMU Munich. Since 2008 he has been teaching Byzantine Studies at the Institute for Byzantine Studies, Byzantine Art History and Neogräzistik at the LMU Munich. In 2016 he was a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, where he held a series of seminars on the emergence of image theory during the iconoclastic period in Byzantium and gave several lectures on this topic. Among other things, he has carried out research projects at the Universities of Zurich and Basel as well as at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (Harvard University) and has organized several international conferences, symposia and round tables.
For his habilitation thesis with the title “Aesthetic Theories in Byzantium” he was awarded the highly-endowed habilitation prize by the “Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der Universität München e. V” (Society of Friends and Sponsors of the University of Munich) in 2014. His research focuses on Byzantine historical writing, Greek palaeography and Byzantine philosophy. He is the founder and publisher of the scholarly series “Byzantinisches Archiv – Series Philosophica” (published by De Gruyter in Berlin and Boston).