Rare Académie honour for Dr Tim Greenwood

Friday 25 November 2022

A man - Dr Tim Greenwood - wearing glasses sits in front of a bookshelf full of booksDr Tim Greenwood, Reader in the School of History, has been elected as a ‘correspondant étranger’ of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres.

The Académie, part of the Institut de France, was founded in 1663 and brings together individuals of exceptional qualification, representative of many walks of life.

There are only ever 50 correspondants étrangers at any one time, and they are elected for life by their peers in recognition of their work in archaeology, history or philology, their high level of commitment, and their international standing.

Dr Greewood’s research is centred on the history and culture of medieval Armenia between 400 and 1100 CE, analysing and exploiting literary, epigraphic, and architectural sources as well as exploring Persian, Byzantine, and Islamic perspectives and contexts. He is currently bringing to publication the study of a thirteenth-century Armenian commentary on the Psalms begun by the late Professor Robert Thomson, who lived and went to school in Edinburgh.

Dr Greenwood is also working on an early medieval Armenian hagiography with a group of postgraduates, and a monograph on law and legal culture in early medieval Armenia.

Dr Greenwood said: “I’m very honoured to be appointed to the Académie. St Andrews has a wonderful research culture and I’m extremely grateful for the support of colleagues and the interest of students over the last 15 years. Several scholars of medieval Armenia have had connections with the east of Scotland although not specifically St Andrews. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to represent St Andrews in this way.”

Issued by the University of St Andrews Communications Office.

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