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Speros Vryonis

Born: Jul 18, 1928

Birthplace: Memphis

Nationality: Greece

Speros Vryonis

Date of Birth : Jul 18, 1928
Birth Place : Memphis

Speros Vryonis Jr. is an American historian of Greek descent and a specialist in Byzantine, Balkan, and Greek history. He is the author of a number of works on Byzantine and Greek-Turkish relations, including his seminal The Decline of Medieval Hellenism in Asia Minor and The Mechanism of Catastrophe. Vryonis attained his Bachelor of Arts in ancient history and the classics from Southwestern College in Memphis, Tennessee in 1950. He received his Masters of Arts from Harvard University two years later and his Ph.D. from the same school in 1956. Vryonis carried out his post-doctoral research at Dumbarton Oaks before joining the history faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles in the mid-1960s, where he served as the director of the G. E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies. In 1987 he was tapped to head the Alexander S. Onassis for Hellenic Studies at New York University. Vryonis is also the former director of the Speros Basil Vryonis Center for the Study of Hellenism and is currently the AHIF Senior Fellow for Hellenism and for Greek and Turkish Studies.

Also known as


  • Speros Vryonis, Jr.

Awards Won


  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
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