Historian at Oxford University, Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford, and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research
He works on the history of the Mediterranean, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Russia and on relations between Christianity and Islam; also specializes in medieval Greek literature; translated The Alexiad (Penguin Classics, 2009).
Peter studied History at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he was Foundation Scholar, Schiff Scholar and won the History Prize in 1993, when he took an outstanding first class degree. He received his D.Phil (Ph.D) from Corpus Christi College.
Peter often writes for the international press, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, MoneyWeek and has contributed to many TV and Radio documentaries. He was recently profiled in China Daily, China's largest English language newspaper, about his new book "The Silk Roads: A New History of the World".
In December 2015, "The Silk Roads" was named The Daily Telegraph's History Book of the Year 2015