Dr James Howard-Johnston




Byzantium and the West, c.850-c.1200 (Amsterdam, 1988) - edited proceedings of 1984 Oxford Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies.


The Scholar and the Gypsy: Two Journeys to Turkey, Past and Present (London, 1992) - written jointly with Nigel Ryan.


The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages: Essays on the Contribution of Peter Brown (Oxford, 1999) - edited jointly with Paul Hayward.


The Armenian History Attributed to Sebeos (Liverpool, 1999), written jointly with Robert W. Thomson.


East Rome, Sasanian Persia and the End of Antiquity: Historiographical and Historical Studies (Aldershot, 2006).


Witnesses to a World Crisis: Historians and Histories of the Middle East in the Seventh Century (Oxford, 2010).


Historical Writing in Byzantium (Heidelberg, 2014).


The Last Great War of Antiquity - in production with OUP.




1. ‘Urban Continuity in the Balkans in the Early Middle Ages’, in A.G. Poulter, ed., Ancient Bulgaria (Nottingham, 1983), 242-54.


2. ‘Byzantine Anzitene’, in S. Mitchell, ed., Armies and Frontiers in Roman and Byzantine Asia Minor, BAR Int. Ser. 156 (Oxford, 1983), 239-88.


3. ‘Thema’, in A. Moffatt, ed., Maistor. Classical, Byzantine and Renaissance Studies for Robert Browning (Canberra, 1984), 189-97.


4. ‘Procopius, Roman Defences North of the Taurus and the New Fortress of Citharizon’, in D.H. French & C.S. Lightfoot, ed., The Eastern Frontier of the Roman Empire, BAR Int. Ser. 553 (Oxford, 1989), 203-29.


5. ‘The Official History of Heraclius’ Persian Campaigns’, in E. Dąbrowa, ed., The Roman and Byzantine Army in the East (Kraków, 1994), 57-87.


6. ‘The Siege of Constantinople in 626’, in C. Mango & G. Dagron, ed., Constantinople and Its Hinterland (Aldershot, 1995), 131-42.


7. ‘Crown Lands and the Defence of Imperial Authority in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries’, Byzantinische Forschungen, 21 (1995), 75-100.


8. ‘The Two Great Powers in Late Antiquity: a Comparison’, in A. Cameron, ed., The Byzantine and Early Islamic Near East, III States, Resources and Armies (Princeton, 1995), 157-226.


9. ‘Anna Komnene and the Alexiad’, in M. Mullett & D. Smythe, ed., Alexios I Komnenos (Belfast, 1996), 260-302.


10. ‘Gibbon and the Middle Period of the Byzantine Empire’, in R. McKitterick & R. Quinault, ed., Edward Gibbon and Empire (Cambridge, 1997), 53-77.


11. ‘Pouvoir et contestation à Byzance’, Europe, 75e année, no. 822 (October, 1997), 60-73.


12. ‘Trading in Fur, from Classical Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages’, in E. Cameron, ed., Leather and Fur. Aspects of Early Medieval Trade and Technology (London, 1998), 65-79.


13. ‘Heraclius’ Persian Campaigns and the Revival of the Eastern Roman Empire, 622-630', War in History, 6 (1999), 1-44.


14. ‘Byzantium, Bulgaria and the Peoples of Ukraine in the 890s’, in A. Aibabin, ed., Materialy po Arkheologii, Istorii i Etnografii Tavrii, 7 (Simferopol, 2000), 342-56.


15. ‘The De Administrando Imperio: a Re-examination of the Text and a Re-evaluation of its Evidence about the Rus’, in M. Kazanski, A. Nercessian & C. Zuckerman, ed., Les centres proto-urbains russes entre Scandinavie, Byzance et Orient (Paris, 2000), 301-36.


16. ‘The Education and Expertise of Procopius’, Antiquité Tardive, 8 (2000), 19-30.


17. ‘Byzance avant l’an mil: l’étranger européen aux marges de l’Europe’, in Byzance et l’Europe. Colloque à la Maison de l’Europe, Paris, 22 avril 1994 (Paris, 2001), 51-62.


18. ‘Armenian Historians of Heraclius: an Examination of the Aims, Sources and Working-Methods of Sebeos and Movses Daskhurantsi’, in G.J. Reinink & B.H. Stolte, ed., The Reign of Heraclius (610-641): Crisis and Confrontation (Leuven, 2002), 41-62.


19. ‘Pride and Fall: Khusro II and His Regime, 626-628', in La Persia e Bisanzio, Atti dei convegni lincei 201 (Rome, 2004), 93-113.


20. ‘Social Change in Early Medieval Byzantium’, in R. Evans, ed., Lordship and Learning: Studies in Memory of Trevor Aston (Woodbridge, 2004), 39-50.


21. ‘A Short Piece of Narrative History: War and Diplomacy in the Balkans, Winter 921/2-Spring 924', in E. Jeffreys, ed., Byzantine Style, Religion and Civilization: In Honour of Sir Steven Runciman (Cambridge, 2006), 340-60.


22. ‘Byzantine Sources for Khazar History’, in P.B. Golden, H. Ben-Shammai & A. Róna-Tas, ed., The World of the Khazars: New Perspectives (Leiden, 2007), 163-93.


23. ‘Huns in the North’, Norwegian Archaeological Review, 40 (2007), 199-202.


24. ‘Byzantium and the North’, in M. Kokoszko & M.J. Leszka, ed., Byzantina Europaea: Księ Jubileuszowa ofiarowana Profesorowi Waldemarowi Ceranowi (Łódź, 2007), 157-74.


25. ‘State and Society in Late Antique Iran’, in V.S. Curtis & S. Stewart, ed., The Idea of Iran: III The Sasanian Era (London, 2008), 118-31.


26. ‘The Destruction of the Late Antique World Order’ in D. Kennet & P. Luft, ed., Recent Research in Sasanian Archaeology, Art and History, BAR Int.Ser. 1810 (Oxford, 2008), 79-85.


27. ‘Byzantium and Its Neighbours’, in E. Jeffreys, J. Haldon & R. Cormack, ed., Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies (Oxford, 2008), 939-56.


28. ‘Byzantium against Persia and Islam, 530-750’, in M. Bennett, ed., The Medieval World at War (London, 2009), 16-37.


29. ‘The Rise of Islam and Byzantium’s Response’, in A. Oddy, ed., Coinage and History in the Seventh Century Near East II (Exeter, 2010), 1-9.


30. ‘The Sasanians’ Strategic Dilemma’, in H. Börm & J. Wiesehöfer, ed., Commutatio et Contentio: Studies in Late Roman, Sasanian, and Early Islamic Near East. In Memory of Zeev Rubin (Düsseldorf, 2010), 37-70.


31. ‘Khosrow II, Sasanian King (590-628)', Encyclopaedia Iranica.


32. ‘Sebeos, Seventh-Century Armenian Historian’, Encyclopaedia Iranica.


33. ‘The Late Sasanian Army’, in T. Bernheimer & A. Silverstein, ed., Late Antiquity: Eastern Perspectives (Exeter, 2012), 87-127.


34. ‘The Mardaites’, in T. Goodwin, ed., Arab-Byzantine Coins and History (London, 2012), 27-38.


35. ‘Military Infrastructure in the Roman Provinces North and South of the Armenian Taurus in Late Antiquity’, in A. Sarantis & N. Christie, ed., War and Warfare in Late Antiquity, Late Antique Archaeology 8.2 (Leiden, 2013), 853-91.


36. ‘The Great Powers on the Eve of the Islamic Conquests’, in C.J. Robin & J. Schiettecatte, ed., Les Préludes de l’Islam: Rupture et continuités dans les civilisations du Poche-Orient, de l’Afrique orientale, de l’Arabie et de l’Inde à la veille de l’Islam (Paris, 2013), 37-56.


37. ‘The Sasanian State: The Evidence of Coinage and Military Construction’, in R. Payne & M. Soroush, ed., The Archaeology of Sasanian Politics, Journal of Ancient History, 2.2 (2014), 144-81.


39. ‘Partitive Inheritance in Principle and Practice in Eleventh-Century Byzantium, in B. Caseau & S.R. Huebner, ed., Inheritance, Law and Religions in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds (Paris, 2014), 291-303.


40. ‘The Sasanian Empire at its Apogee in the 620s’, in A. Oddy, I. Schulze & W. Schulze, ed., Coinage and History in the Seventh Century Near East IV (London, 2015), 1-16.


41. ‘Theophanes on the Recent Past: The Crisis of 782 and its Ancedents’, in M. Jankowiak & F. Montinaro, ed., Studies in Theophanes, Travaux et Mémoires, 19 (2015), 473-89.


42. ‘The Chronicle and Other Forms of Historical Writing in Byzantium’, in I. Afanasyev, J. Dresvina & E. Kooper, ed., The Medieval Chronicle X (Leiden, 2015), 1-22.


43. ‘The Grand Strategy of the Sasanian Empire’, in C. Binder, H. Börm & A. Luther, ed., Diwan: Studies in the History and Culture of the Ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean. Festschrift für Josef Wiesehöfer zum 65. Geburtstag (Duisburg, 2016), 591-613.


44. ‘The Peira and Legal Practice in Eleventh-Century Byzantium’, in M.D. Lauxtermann & M. Whittow, ed., Byzantium in the Eleventh Century (Abingdon, 2017), 63-76.


45. ‘The India Trade in Late Antiquity’, in E.W. Sauer, ed., Sasanian Persia: Between Rome and the Steppes of Eurasia (Edinburgh, 2017), 284-304.


46. ‘The Chronology of the Arab Conquests’ in T. Goodwin, ed., Coinage and History in the Seventh Century Near East V (London, 2017), 41-8.


47. ‘Military and Provincial Reform in the East in the Tenth Century’, in B. Caseau, V. Prigent & A. Sopracasa, ed., Mélanges Jean-Claude Cheynet, Travaux et Mémoires, 21.1 (2017), 285-309.


48. ‘Procès aristocratiques de la Peira’, in B. Flusin & J.-C. Cheynet, ed., Autour du Premier Humanisme & des Cinq études sur le XIe siècle, quarante ans après Paul Lemerle, Travaux et Mémoires, 21.2 (2017), 483-90.


49. ‘Authority and Control in the Interior of Asia Minor, 7th-9th Centuries’, in P. Sijpesteijn & N.D. van der Veldt, ed., Authority and Control in the Countryside, Leiden Studies in Islam and Society - in press.


50. ‘The Alexiad and the Gesta Roberti Wiscardi of William of Apulia’, in T. Shawcross & I. Toth, ed., Reading in the Byzantine Empire (Cambridge) - in press.


51. ‘Le commerce à Byzance (VIII-XII siècle): règlementation et pratique’, Journal des Savants - in press.