Digital Resources in Byzantine Studies

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Resources on the Web

Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon

Biographical entries for many Byzantine authors; cites to editions and secondary literature.

Byzantine Numismatics

Collections of images of Byzantine coins, including examples from Venice, Serbia and Trebizond.

Byzantine sources in translation

Collection of primary sources translated into English. From "Byzantium: Byzantine studies on the Internet" (maintained by Paul Halsall of the University of North Florida).

Byzantine St. Stephens: a biocultural reconstruction of urban monastic life

Ongoing biocultural investigation of an early Byzantine monestary in Jerusalem. Sponsored by the University of Notre Dame and the École Biblique et Archéologique Française. "The biological, historical and archaeological records coalesce in a retrospective/prospective biocultural model, both drawing from and contributing to the theory and interpretation of each area of inquiry."

Byzantine Studies Association of North America

"The Byzantine Studies Association of North America, Inc. (BSANA) was formed in 2006.  It is composed of three parts:  the U.S. National Committee for Byzantine Studies (USNCBS), the Canadian Committee of Byzantinists (CCB), and the Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC) ... The new BSANA website will eventually contain comprehensive information about past and present BSCs and about activities of the two national committees (USNCBS and CCB) under its aegis."

Byzantium 1200

Computer simulations of Constantinople's architectural monuments in 1200 AD.

Constantinople, Interactive map of

From Linda Safran at the University of Toronto.

Dumbarton Oaks

Information on conferences, fellowships, publications and research resources of the Byzantine Studies program at Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks.

The Glory of Byzantium

"The Metropolitan Museum of Art's on-line exploration of Byzantium was created in conjunction with the international loan exhibition The Glory of Byzantium (March 11 - July 6, 1997), which celebrated the art of the second golden age of Byzantine art (843 - 1261). This on-line exploration moves beyond the time frame of the exhibition and includes examples of art from the first golden age of Byzantine art (324 - 730) and the late period, which ended with the Turkish conquest in 1453."

Google Books

Google's mass digitization includes many important out-of-copyright Byzantine source collections.

Icons in the Snite Museum, University of Notre Dame

"These first icons mark the beginning of a process, namely the publication of the Snite Museum of Art's extensive holdings of Greek, Russian, and Balkan icons. Most of these entered the University of Notre Dame's art collection as part of the donation made by Charles Wightman in 1924. Beyond brief catalogue notes and some student papers, little has been done to publicize these holdings, and for many years only one icon has been on display in the Museum's main galleries."

Index of Christian Art

"This is the largest database of medieval art in existence with full-text records for nearly 18,000 works of art dating from early apostolic times to A.D. 1400. Each work, depending on the medium can have up to fifty different classification fields, including data such as location /ownership, date, school, style, etc. The subject matter of each work is classified under one or more of the 26,000 subject terms developed over eighty years by the Index and a full-text description accompanies each work."

Medieval Sourcebook

Megasite maintained by Paul Halsall of the University of North Florida. Contains links to online sources, articles, bibliographies and much, much more.

Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

The Byzantine studies reference book. Remarkable collaboration and achievement of leading Byzantine scholars under the editorial leadership of Alexander Khazdan. More than 5000 entries. Interdisciplinary approach; articles often written by more than one author. "Deliberate attempt to emphasize realia and the man in the street." Short bibliographies of secondary literature and citation to the best edition and translations of primary sources.

Patrologia Graeca

Migne's great collection of patristic texts from the Documenta Catholica Omnia website. 

Pinakes: textes et manuscrits grecs

Descriptive database of Greek manuscripts hosted by the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes.

Prosopography of the Byzantine world: PBW seals website 1025-1261

On-line database of Byzantine seals dating from 1025 to 1261.

Prosopography of the Byzantine world: Prosopographical Reading of Byzantine Sources, 1025-1102 

Michael Jeffreys, Editor

Extremely useful prosopographical database of the middle Byzantine period.

Regesta Imperii OPAC

Useful bibliographic database that indexes the contents of Byzantine journals and proceedings volumes.

The Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies

"The Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies (SPBS) was established in 1983, with the object of furthering study and knowledge of the history and culture, language and literature of the Byzantine Empire and its neighbours. ... Among other activities the Society sponsors an annual Symposium, which is held every spring at different locations in the British isles; the Symposium normally incorporates the Annual General Meeting of the Society."

Suda On Line: Byzantine Lexicography

"The Suda is a massive 10th century Byzantine Greek historical encyclopedia of the ancient Mediterranean world, derived from the scholia to critical editions of canonical works and from compilations by yet earlier authors. The purpose of the Suda On Line is to open up this stronghold of information by means of a freely accessible, keyword-searchable, XML-encoded database with translations, annotations, bibliography, and automatically generated links to a number of other important electronic resources."

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Byzantinische Zeitschrift. Bibliographie.

Cumulative bibliography of essays and monographs cited in Byzantinische Zeitschrift and its supplement, indexed by keywords; bibliographic citation records can be searched, browsed, copied, exported and printed.

Access info: You will be asked for a password; it's not needed; just click OK.

In the Heart of Hilandar

The first complete interactive computer-based presentation of the frescoes in the main church of the Hilandar monastery on Mt. Athos.

Usage info: Licensed for one simultaneous user.  CD kept in the Hesburgh Reserve Book Room.

International Medieval Bibliography

Indexes articles, notes, and similar literature on medieval subjects in journals, Festschriften, conference proceedings, and collected essays. Covers all aspects of medieval studies within the date range of 400 to 1500 for the entire continent of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa for the period before the Muslim conquest and parts of those areas subsequently controlled by Christian powers.

Access info: Click on Enter databases, then select International Medieval Bibliography - online.

Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire

A database the aim of which is to record all surviving information about every individual mentioned in Byzantine textual sources, together with as many as possible of the individuals recorded in seal sources, for the period 641-1261.

Theodore Psalter

Digital version of an illuminated liturgical manuscript (BL Add. 19352) from the Byzantine Empire, known as the Theodore psalter; the digital version features full-color magnified views of all pages, searchable text in original Greek and in English translation, and scholarly essays. Edited by Prof. Charles Barber of the University of Notre Dame.

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG)

Electronic collection of ancient Greek texts surviving from the period between Homer (8th century B.C.) and A.D. 600, plus historiographical, lexicographical, and scholastic texts deriving from the period between 600 and 1453.

Access info: To set up an account to use this new interface, click on: Search the Online TLG ... Subscribers ... Institutions, in the left hand frame.

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