department of history


Massimiliano Vitiello

Associate Professor
Ancient History and Late Antiquity

203B Cockefair Hall
Phone: 816-235-5959

Curriculum Vitae


2007 Postdoctoral License in Medieval Studies, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto, Canada

2001 Ph.D. Ancient History, University of Messina, Italy

1996 M.A. Ancient History, University of Rome "La Sapienza" (faculty of "Lettere e Filosofia")

Bio Sketch

Dr. Vitiello specializes in Roman history, Late Antiquity, Byzantium, and the early Middle Ages. His interests include relationships between the post-Roman kingdoms and Constantinople, Roman and post-Roman historiography, and the History of Texts (Quellenforschung). His expertise includes epigraphy and numismatics. He is the author of four monographs, including most recently a study of Amalasuintha and the development of queenship in the early Middle Ages (in print with the University of Pennsylvania Press). In 2014 he published Theodahad: A Platonic King at the Collapse of Ostrogothic Italy (University of Toronto Press). Dr. Vitiello is also the author of more than twenty-five articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He has contributed to the forthcoming edition of Cassiodorus’ Epistulae Variae (Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2015/16), and is currently completing the commentary of the Anonymous Valesianus II (Life of Theoderic) for the Collection des Universités de France, Budé (Les Belles Lettres). He has been awarded three times the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship in Germany (University of Münster), as well as a year-long research grant from the University of Missouri Research Board. Dr. Vitiello holds the Ph.D. in Ancient History, and he also holds the Post-doctoral License in Mediaeval Studies from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto, Canada. He has participated in archaeological excavations in the north of Lazio and in Calabria.

Courses Taught

> HIST 201 Western Civilization I

> HIST 206  World History to 1600

> HIST 400CL  Late Antiquity: The End of the Classical World

> HIST 411A  Medieval Civilization I (300-900)

> HIST 471  Ancient Greece

> HIST 472  Ancient Rome

> HIST 497/5597  Medieval Latin

> HIST 5584R  Graduate Student Colloquium

> HIST 5587/5697  Graduate Research Seminar