Roberts, Alexandre

Assistant Professor

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Ph.D. – University of California, Berkeley, 2015
M.A. – University of California, Berkeley, 2011
B.A. – Princeton University, 2008


Interests and Research

Alexandre Roberts is a cultural and intellectual historian specializing in the scholars, intellectual communities, and scientific and religious cultures of Byzantium and the medieval Middle East. His current research focuses on how scholars in Constantinople and Antioch understood matter and its transformation. Other interests include alchemy, Byzantine peripheries, and traveling scholars in the Eastern Mediterranean.



  • Contemporary Civilization I
  • Contemporary Civilization II
  • Introduction to Byzantine History, 324-1453
  • Science and Empire from Baghdad to Byzantium
  • Byzantine Encounters in the Mediterranean and the Middle East



Scholarly Articles

“Being a Sabian at Court in Tenth-Century Baghdad,” Journal of the American Oriental Society 137.2 (2017): 253–277.

“The Crossing Paths of Greek and Persian Knowledge in the 9th-century Arabic ‘Book of Degrees,’” in: Le vie del sapere in ambito siro-mesopotamico dal III al IX secolo, ed. C. Noce, M. Pampaloni, C. Tavolieri, Orientalia Christiana Analecta 293 (Rome: Pontificio Istituto Orientale, 2013): 279–303.

“Al-Mansur and the Critical Ambassador,” Bulletin d’études orientales 60 (2011): 145–160.


Book Review

In Mecca’s Backyard,” review of Timothy Power, The Red Sea from Byzantium to the Caliphate: AD 500–1000. Marginalia Review of Books, April 29, 2014.