Dr Peter Toth

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Curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts
Classical and Biblical Manuscripts in Greek and Latin

Peter Toth completed a PhD in Classics and Oriental Studies, and worked as Curator of Medieval Manuscripts at the University Library Budapest for ten years. He was a research fellow at the Warburg Institute and King’s College London before joining the British Library in 2016, as Curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts. 

His main interest is in the afterlife of Classical Antiquity as absorbed, appropriated, and transmitted by Late Antiquity towards the Middle Ages. His special focus is in cultural interactions between East and West, Ancient and Medieval, Pagan and Christian through translations of literature, theology and their manuscripts.


  • ‘New Light on the Date and Authorship of the Meditationes Vitae Christi’, in Stephen Kelly and Ryan Perry (eds), Devotional Culture in Late Medieval England and Europe: Diverse Imaginations of Christ’s Life (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014), pp. 17–107, https://doi.org/10.1484/m.mcs-eb.5.103036 [with David Falvay]
  • ‘New Questions on Old Answers: Towards a Critical Edition of the Answers to the Orthodox of Pseudo-Justin’, The Journal of Theological Studies 65 (2014), pp. 550–99, https://doi.org/10.1093/jts/flu110
  • ‘“In volumine Longobardo”: New Light on the Date and Origin of the Latin Translation of the Letters of St Antony the Great’, Studia Patristica 64 (2013), pp. 47–58
  • Historia Sancti Demetrii, ed. by Zsuzsa Czagany, with an introduction by Peter Toth und Zsuzsa Czagany (Lions Bay: Institute of Mediæval Music, 2013)
  • ‘Syriac Versions of the Historia Monachorum in Aegypto. A preliminary investigation on the basis of the first chapter’, Oriens Christianus 94 (2010), pp. 58–104
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