Ondřej Cikán, born 1985 in Prague, has lived in Vienna since 1991. His research concentrates on the Byzantine and ancient Greek novels. With his MA thesis he attempted to reconstruct the lost novel The Wonders beyond Thule by Antonios Diogenes, under the supervision of Georg Danek (Institut für klassische Philologie, Mittel- und Neulatein, University of Vienna). His PhD thesis, written under the supervision of Claudia Rapp (Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik, University of Vienna) is dedicated to the development of Byzantine novels, with special attention being given to the perception of strangers. During his studies he spent one year at the Charles University in Prague. Additionally, he works as writer and translator from the Czech. Among other works, he published the surrealistic and ancient-like novel Menandros und Thaïs (Vienna 2011).