Charles Diehl

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Charles Diehl (1859-1944)

Charles Diehl (French: [dil]; January 19, 1859 – November 1, 1944) was a French historian born in Strasbourg. He was a leading authority on Byzantine art and history.

He received his education at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and later taught classes on Byzantine history at the Sorbonne. He was member of the École française de Rome (1881–1883) and the École française d'Athènes. In 1910 he became a member of the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres (elected president in 1921).[1]

A main street in the city of Thessaloniki (Greece) was named after Charles Diehl, near the Byzantine church of Hagia Sophia that was restorated by him between 1907 and 1909.

Selected works[edit]

Diehl was the author of several influential books on Byzantine art and history. His treatise "Byzance. Grandeur et décadence" was translated into English by Naomi Walford and published in 1957 as "Byzantium: Greatness and Decline".[2] Other publications by Diehl include:

  • L'Art byzantin dans L'Italie méridionale, (1894).
  • L'Afrique byzantine. Histoire de la domination byzantine en Afrique (533–709), (1896).
  • Justinien et la Civilisation byzantine au 6. Siècle, (1901).
  • Theodora, Imperatrice de Byzance, (1904).
  • Figures Byzantines, (1906–1908).
  • Excursions archéologiques en Grèce, (1908).
  • Manuel d'art byzantin, (1910).
  • Histoire de l'empire byzantin, (1920).
  • L'Art chrétien primitif et l'art byzantin, (1928).
  • La Peinture byzantine, (1933).
  • Les Grands Problèmes de l'Histoire Byzantine, (1943).



  • This article is based on a translation of an equivalent article at the French Wikipedia.