Oleksandr Fylypchuk

Laureate of the Atlas Program

Stay from October 2 to December 2, 2017

Oleksandr Fylypchuk is Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Political Studies and International Relations of Yuri Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University. He gained his Ph.D. in History at the Yuri Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Ukraine in 2011 with dissertation thesis “Rus’ in Byzantium in the IX-XI centuries: mercenaries and allies” and obtained his master degree in History at the same institution in 2007. 

Research project

The Microstructure of Revolts in the 11th-Century Byzantium: Emperors and Mercenaries

His project aims to examine the socio-historical framework and political function of the mercenary revolts against the Emperors during the crisis of imperial authority. While the first part of his project traces the interrelationship between Byzantine emperors and mercenaries living in Constantinople or beyond its borders, the second part explores the consequences these conflicts entailed in three respects: the changing motivation of mercenary groups; the ethics and performance of mercenary leaders in relation to the Byzantine military elite; and the impact of mercenary revolts against the Emperors on the political culture and military innovations from the rule of Basil II to Alexios I Comnenos.

Mots clés : Byzantine cultural, political and literary history, c.600-1453, with an emphasis on the special reference to Rus’, history of Byzantine literature. Byzantium, revolts, mercenaries, Varangians, Rus’.  

Recent publications

►Studia Byzantino-Rossica. Expansion, War and Social Change. Chernivtsi: Books XXI, 2013

►“Byzantium and prisoners of war in the 11th century: blinding and killing”, Dialog with Time. 2016. Vol. 55. P. 330-340.

►“History of Ukraine and the Povest’ Vremennykh Let: the different stories”, Ab Imperio. 2016. Vol. 3. P. 319-324.

►“Rus’ and Byzantium in the Last Years of the Reign of Basil II: Chrysocheir and his warriors”, Colloquia Russica. 2015. Vol. 5. P. 55-70.

 ►“Harald Sigurdsson and the Russo-Byzantine War of 1043”, Slověne = Словѣне. International Journal of Slavic Studies. 2014. Vol. 3.  № 1. P. 193-205.