Lorenzo Bondioli's main research interest lies in the field of Arab-Byzantine relations, ca. 650 to ca. 1100, mainly from and economic and institutional perspective, and with a particular focus on the Central Mediterranean.
His M.Phil. dissertation was a case study on the so-called ‘emirate of Bari’, aimed at shedding light on the encounter of Muslim, Byzantine and Carolingian competing interests in ninth-century southern Italy. He also worked on Byzantine fiscal policies in the western provinces on the eve of the Islamic conquests, and on Byzantine literary representations of Southern Italy. He is interested in numismatics, and is currently participating in the Framing the Early Medieval Coinage project.
Lorenzo obtained his B.A. in History at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ summa cum laude; while reading for this degree, he also graduated at the School of Archival Studies, Paleography and Diplomatics of the State Archives of Rome. He holds a University of Oxford M.Phil. (Distinction) in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies. He was the recipient of an A.G. Leventis scholarship in 2013.
“From the Frontier Cities to the City, and Back? Reinterpreting Southern Italy in the De administrando imperio” in Nicholas S.M. Matheou, Theofili Kampianaki, and Lorenzo M. Bondioli (eds.), From Constantinople to the Frontier: The City and the Cities (Leiden: Brill 2016), pp. 365-84