Mark Whittow

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Mark Whittow (24 August 1957[1] – 23 December 2017) was a British historian, archaeologist, and academic, specialising in the Byzantine Empire. He was a university lecturer at the University of Oxford and a Fellow in Byzantine Studies at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.[2][3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Whittow was born in Cambridge.[5] He read Modern History at Trinity College, Oxford, and earned a DPhil in Byzantine history and archaeology.[2]

Academic career[edit]

Whittow was a research fellow and lecturer at Oriel College and held faculty positions at the University of Reading and at King's College London, before returning to Oxford in 1998 as a fellow of St Peter's College and University Lecturer in History. He became a fellow of Corpus Christi and University Lecturer in Byzantine Studies in 2009.[2][6] He was Senior Proctor of the university for the 2016/2017 academic year.[7] In November 2017, he was announced as the next Provost of Oriel College, Oxford; he was to take up the post in September 2018.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Whittow was married to Helen, a QC and Deputy High Court Judge.[8]

He died in a car accident in Oxfordshire late in the evening of 23 December 2017.[6]

Selected works[edit]

  • Whittow, Mark (1996). The Making of Orthodox Byzantium, 600–1025. Basingstoke: Macmillan.
  • "Recent Research on the Late Antique City in Asia Minor: the second half of the 6th c. revisited" in L. Lavan (ed.) Recent Research in Late Antique Urbanism, JRA Supplementary Series 42, Portsmouth, RI, 2001.
  • "Early Medieval Byzantium and the End of the Ancient World", Journal of Agrarian Change, Vol. 9 (2009).
  • "The Middle Byzantine Economy", in J. Shepard (ed.) The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire, Cambridge, 2009.
  • "The Late Roman/Early Byzantine Near East", in The New Cambridge History of Islam I, ed. C. Robinson, Cambridge, 2010.


  1. ^ England and Wales, Death Index, 1989–2018
  2. ^ a b c "President and Fellows: Mark Whittow: University Lecturer and Fellow in Byzantine Studies". Corpus Christi College Oxford. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Dr Mark Whittow". Faculty of History, University of Oxford.
  4. ^ "Professor Mark Whittow: Lecturer in Medieval History". St. John's College Oxford. Archived from the original on 24 October 2016.
  5. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916–2007
  6. ^ a b Callum Keown (27 December 2017). "M40 crash victim named locally as leading Oxford professor Mark Whittow". Oxford Mail.
  7. ^ Tom Powell (27 December 2017). "Tributes paid to 'witty, brilliant' Oxford University professor killed in M40 multi-car crash". London Evening Standard.
  8. ^ a b "Dr Mark Whittow to be Appointed as Oriel's Next Provost". Oriel College. 24 November 2017. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017.
  9. ^ Badshah, Nadeem (28 December 2017). "Oxford professor Mark Whittow killed in pile‑up". The Times.

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