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Diliana Angelova

Associate Professor

Early Christian and Byzantine Art

Ph.D., Harvard University, 2005
M.A., Harvard University, 2002
M.A., Southern Methodist University, 1998

B.A., American University in Bulgaria, 1995


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Professor Angelova’s main research focus is Early Christian and Byzantine art. Her scholarship concerns the intersection of two basic issues: continuity and change in the realm of ideas, and the role of women in ancient societies. By taking gender and material culture seriously she seeks to reframe the traditional male- and literary-centered way in which fundamental topics such as Roman imperial power, early Christian art, or romantic love have been defined in scholarship.

Professor Angelova has published exhibition catalogue entries and written encyclopedia essays on various topics in Early Christian art. Her Gesta article on the iconography of early Byzantine empresses won the 2006 Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize from the Medieval Academy of America. Two recent articles deal with imperial interventions in the urban development of Constantinople. Her first monograph, Sacred Founders: Women, Men, and Gods in the Discourse of Imperial Founding, Rome through Early Byzantium (UC Press), will be published in September 2015.

She teaches classes on art and society in Late Antiquity, the topography of Constantinople, Early Christian women in art and text, narrative in Greek and Roman art, Greek sculpture, Greek art and archaeology, romantic love in the art and literature of the ancient world, Byzantine art, and the origins of religious images.

Before joining the History of Art Department at UC Berkeley, she taught at Harvard University, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Colorado, Boulder.


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Sacred Founders: Women, Men, and Gods in the Discourse of Imperial Founding, Rome through Early Byzantium (UC Press, September 2015).

“Stamp of Power: The Life and Afterlife of Pulcheria’s Buildings” in Byzantine Images and Their Afterlives, ed. Lynn Jones (Ashgate, 2014), 83-103.

Review of Beat Brenk, The Apse, the Image, and the Icon: An Historical Perspective of the Apse as a Space for Images (Reichert, 2010). In Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik, vol. 61 (2011).

“The Ivories of Ariadne and Ideas about Female Imperial Ideology in Early Byzantium,” Gesta 43/1 (2004): 1-15 (peer-reviewed). Received The Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize (“for an outstanding first article” in the field of medieval studies), Medieval Academy of America, 2006.

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