Deborah Mauskopf Deliyannis

Associate Chair, Department of History

Associate Professor, Department of History

Department of History

IU; IU Bloomington

Full Biography

I specialize in the history and material culture of early medieval Europe. I have a background in archaeology and architectural history, and I combine those topics with the study of the way history was written in the Early Middle Ages. I have published a Latin edition and an English translation of the ninth-century author Agnellus' Liber pontificalis ecclesiae Ravennatis (Book of Pontiffs of the Church of Ravenna). Each of these volumes includes a study of the text, in which I explore Agnellus' literary models and sources, and explain why the text has its rather idiosyncratic form and chronological structure. I have also edited a book entitled Historiography in the Middle Ages.  My book Ravenna in Late Antiquity is a history of the city and monuments of Ravenna from the fifth to the ninth centuries (Cambridge University Press, 2010).  Another book, Fifty Early Medieval Things, was co-written with Paolo Squatriti and Hendrik Dey, and will be published in 2018.  My current project considers the role of bishops as church-builders, from late antiquity through the Carolingian period. Finally, I am the Executive Editor of The Medieval Review, an online book review journal in medieval studies. I teach surveys and upper-level courses on medieval history, as well as more specialized courses on topics related to the western European Early Middle Ages.

Research Interests

  • Late antique and early medieval Europe
  • Medieval historiography
  • Urban change in Late Antiquity
  • Material culture and archaeology


  • B.A. at Yale University, 1988
  • Ph.D. at University of Pennsylvania, 1994

Courses Taught

  • Pagans and Christians in the Early Middle Ages
  • Medieval historiography
  • Medieval Heroes
  • Medieval Civilization
  • Early Medieval History
  • Byzantine History
  • Anglo-Saxon England



  • Ed., Historiography in the Middle Ages, E.J. Brill Academic Publishers, 2003.
  • The Book of Pontiffs of the Church of Ravenna. English translation with introduction. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2004.
  • Agnellus Ravennatis. Liber pontificalis ecclesiae Ravennatis, edited Latin text with introduction. Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis 199. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, 2006.
  • Ravenna in Late Antiquity, Cambridge University Press, January, 2010.


  • "Episcopal Commemoration in Late Fifth-century Ravenna."  In J. Herrin and J. Nelson, eds., Ravenna: its Role in Earlier Medieval Change and Exchange (University of London, Institute of Historical Research, 2016), pp. 39-51.
  • "Church-Building in Rhetoric and Reality in the 5th-7th centuries." In C. Radtki, M. Danner and D. Boschung, eds., Politische Fragmentierung und kulturelle Kohärenz in der Spätantike (Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2015), pp. 159-182.
  • "The Roman Liber pontificalis, Papal Primacy, and the Acacian Schism." Viator 45.3 (2014):  1-16.
  • "Ecclesius and San Vitale:  the Episcopal Donor in Text and Image."  In E. Gatti and S. Danielson, eds., Envisioning the Medieval Bishop (Brepols Publishing, 2014), pp. 41-62.