Meredith Leigh Dear Riedel

Meredith Leigh Dear Riedel

Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity

Overview

Dr. Riedel is the author of Leo VI and the Transformation of Byzantine Christian Identity: Writings of an Unexpected Emperor  (Cambridge, 2018).
Dr. Riedel’s research interests focus on the nexus of war, politics, and religion in the early medieval Byzantine oikoumene, with particular interest in how Orthodox Christianity interacted with Islam, Latin Christianity, Judaism, and other indigenous faith traditions of the Mediterranean world. She studies military and diplomatic interactions between Christendom and Islam and is particularly interested in Byzantine cultural attitudes and beliefs in the centuries leading up to the Crusades. Her first book presents a new analysis of the design and purpose of the Byzantine Emperor Leo VI’s military manual, the Taktika, as well as his legislative and homiletic writings, showing his use of biblical allusions and language to articulate a collective Christian political identity. Her second book, on the interaction of Christianity and Islam (7th-13th centuries) is currently in progress.

Dr. Riedel is an ordained Ruling Elder at Triangle Grace Church (ECO) in Durham. 

Education & Training

  • D.Phil., University of Oxford (UK) 2010

Riedel, MLD. Leo VI and the Transformation of Byzantine Christian Identity Writings of an Unexpected Emperor.: Cambridge University Press, August 23, 2018. (Monograph) Full Text

Riedel, MLD. "Biblical Echoes in the Taktika of Leo VI." The Bible in Byzantium Appropriation, Adaptation, Interpretation. Ed. Rapp, C and Külzer, A. Göttingen.: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. November 2018. 25-38. (Chapter)

Riedel, MLD. "Historical Writing and Warfare." Oxford History of History Writing, vol. 2 (History Writing in the Middle Ages). Ed. Foot, S and Robinson, C.: Oxford University Press. December 29, 2012. 576-603. (Chapter)

Riedel, MLD. "Byzantine administration." Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History. Ed. Bull, E.: Blackwell. 2012.

Riedel, MLD. "Foreigners." Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History. Ed. Bull, E.: Blackwell. 2012.

Riedel, MLD. "Eudocia, empress." Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History. Ed. Bull, E.: Blackwell. 2012.

Riedel, MLD. "Constantine III Heraclius." Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History. Ed. Bull, E.: Blackwell. 2012.

Riedel, MLD. "Caesaropapism." Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History. Ed. Bull, E.: Blackwell. 2012.

Riedel, MLD. "Military lands." Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History. Ed. Bull, E.: Blackwell. 2012.

Riedel, MLD. "Forts, Byzantine." Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History. Ed. Bull, E.: Blackwell. 2012.

Riedel, MLD. "Popular religion, Byzantine." Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History. Ed. Bull, E.: Blackwell. 2012.

Pages

Riedel, MLD. "Biblical Echoes in Two Byzantine Military Speeches." Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 40/2 (2016) (September 22, 2016): 207-222. Full Text

Riedel, MLD. "Leo VI and the Cleansing of the Law." Medieval Perspectives 31 (2016) (2016): 129-142.

Riedel, MLD. "‘Nikephoros II Phokas and Orthodox Military Martyrdom’." Journal of Religious Medieval Cultures 41.2 (2015): 121-147.

Riedel, MLD. "Syriac sources for Byzantinists: an introduction and overview." Byzantinische Zeitschrift 105.2 (January 2012). Full Text