Erik Ellis

Erik Web


Year Matriculated into Ph.D. Program


Areas of Interest

Classical Reception; History of Education; Byzantine Greek and Vulgar and Medieval Latin philology; Romanitas in the Byzantine and Medieval Latin worlds; Latin influence on Greek and the Northern European vernaculars.


B.A. (University Scholars), M.A. (History); Baylor University
M.M.S., M.A. (Classics), Phd. (Cand.); University of Notre Dame


My research considers the influence of classical languages and literatures on various aspects of medieval culture. I am especially interested in the concept and function of 'renaissances' in Byzantium and the Latin West from the sixth to the sixteenth century. My dissertation is the first examination of the linguistic features of the tenth-century Byzantine Book of Ceremonies compiled by Constantine VII as part of a wider project to collect Roman heritage in encyclopedic works, a fundamental component of the 'Macedonian Renaissance' that followed the iconoclastic period. My dissertation brings attention to Byzantium's deep interest in preserving and developing its Latin patrimony and also makes a contribution to untangling the knotty issues surrounding linguistic register in Byzantine literature. In addition, I work on the Carolingian and Italian Renaissances, focusing primarily on manuscript production and humanist historiography.

Recent Scholarly Activity

  • Richard and Peggy Notebaert Premier Fellowship (2013-2019)
  • Instructor, Intermediate Latin (2014-2016)
  • Latin Language and Roman Identity in De Cerimoniis: A Lexical Approach,” a conference paper given at the 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Belgrade, Serbia August 22-27, 2016
  • Latine scribere atque una scribendi materiam colligere: Latin Humanism, Vernacular Nationalism, and the Anglica Historia of Polydore Vergil,” a conference paper given at the annual conference of the Kentucky Foreign Language Association: Neo-Latin Studies, University of Kentucky April 14-16, 2016.
  • “Servian Transformations: Evidence of Cultural Change in Insular and Carolingian Mise-en-page and Marginalia," a conference paper given at the 91st annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Boston February 25-27, 2016.

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