Online resources for studying Byzantine History, Feb. 2019 edition


Ad Honorem
Dec 2009
About a year and a half ago I posted a list of resources available online for studying Byzantium. I've made some updates and since the original thread does not permit editing at this point, I'm making a new one available to you here. This is just a sampler and a general guide; there's a lot more out there.


Pinakes: a powerful tool for searching manuscript catalogues: Pinakes | ??????? Institut de Recherche et d'histoire des textes

HMML: The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library has a vast collection of digitalized manuscripts. Especially of interest to students of medieval eastern Christianity.

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is the place to go to find out what’s happening in the field.

Byzantium 1200: Digital re-creation of Constantinople.

A variety of links on Byzantine studies things on the internet: The Byzantine Society*>*Links*>*Links

RI OPAC: The Mainz bibliography indexes the Regesta Imperii, an effort to catalogue all the acts of Roman and German kings. It’s very good for Byzantine history and includes many obscure volumes, but is not very good for performing general queries.

Brepols offers a subscription-service bibliography for the middle ages. Decent for Byzantium and tolerable for late antiquity, its main advantage is that it’s well-indexed and easy to use.

The Dumbarton Oaks Hagiography Database is very good for finding saints’ lives, a key source for Byzantine history. Updated regularly.

The Yenikapi shipwrecks project has some information on the massive excavations carried out in Istanbul.


ORBIS: Stanford University’s route-mapping tool for the Roman world. Plenty of fun, but needs to be used carefully for the middle ages: ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World

The other Roman route-mapping tool, but based on the Tabula Peutingeriana. OmnesViae: Roman Route Planner- Tabula Peutingeriana and Itinerarium Antonini

To help you out with the previous one, here’s Cambridge’s alphabetical list of Tabula Peutingeriana places. Alphabetical list of all named features on the Peutinger map

The Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilizations. Harvard’s version of ORBIS, but with much more data and better for the middle ages, even if a bit unwieldy.

Mapping the Jewish communities in the Byzantine Empire. Self-explanatory.

The Digital Tabula Imperii Byzantini is not quite what one would hope yet, but the lists available are useful so long as one has the volumes.

City of Constantine: A digital map of Byzantine remnants in Istanbul.

Clerical Exile in Late Antiquity. See where exiled clerics wound up and their social networks.

Free Journals

Echos d’Orient became Revue des études byzantines in 1946, is available down to 2011: Revue des études byzantines - Persée

Symmeikta is important Byzantine studies journal. Originally mainly in modern Greek, but now in many languages: Byzantina Symmeikta

Parekbolai is an open-access journal of Byzantine literature: Parekbolai. An Electronic Journal for Byzantine Literature

Some issues of ZRVI, the Serbian journal of Byzantine studies available here: Online Editions | The Institute for Byzantine Studies

Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies covers a lot, and is available from issue 1 (1958) here: Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies


Database of translated texts, operated by Princeton University: Modern Language Translations of Byzantine Sources | Modern Language Translations of Byzantine Sources</br>Digitized Greek Manuscripts

Database of digitized Greek manuscripts, operated by Princeton University: Digitized Greek Manuscripts | Modern Language Translations of Byzantine Sources</br>Digitized Greek Manuscripts

Online Catalogue of Byzantine Seals: the ongoing effort of Dumbarton Oaks to catalogue their massive collection: Online Catalogue of Byzantine Seals — Dumbarton Oaks

Monumenta Germaniae Historica: Vast collection of texts that includes a lot on Byzantium. Not user-friendly. dMGH | Suche

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae: only limited parts of this are free, but it’s a database containing thousands of Greek texts and the main lexical tools: TLG - Home

Cava Charters. An online database about the charters from the St Trinita Abbey near Salerno. Contains about a hundred documents in Greek.

The Lois Drewer Catalogue of Saints in Byzantine Manuscripts and Frescoes is so much more than what is described in the title. While it’s very useful for pointing you to images, it’s also a cross-reference for various illustrated menologia, synaxaria, and menaia and the first place to stop when you have to deal with the Byzantine religious calendar. Currently unavailable, unfortunately.

Dick Osseman has traveled the length and breadth of Turkey and has uploaded thousands of photos to his site: Galleries by Dick Osseman

Documenting Cappadocia has some material on the churches in the region, although it has not been updated in a while.


Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire (641-867): Intended to follow up the Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, this project eventually died out and was replaced by others, but is archived here.

Prosopography of the Byzantine World (1025-1180): Updated version of the old 2006 database by the same name. Homepage | PBW

Prosopographie der mittelbyzantinischen Zeit: The prosopograpical tool for middle Byzantine history, 641-1025. Unfortunately not free. In German. Prosopographie der mittelbyzantinischen Zeit Online


Worth mentioning a second time. The first stop when looking for a translation is always the Princeton Modern Language Translations of Byzantine Sources. Modern Language Translations of Byzantine Sources | Modern Language Translations of Byzantine Sources</br>Digitized Greek Manuscripts

The Internet Medieval Sourcebook has a wide range of texts available. However, keep in mind that some of these translations are not always the most recent. Internet History Sourcebooks

Weird site, but has Charlotte Roueché’s translation of Kekavmenos, the 11th c. statesman and grump: SAWS

Psellos, “On Symeon the Metaphrast” and “On the Miracle and Blachernai” Foreword

Paul Stephenson’s webpage has some translations of middle Byzantine texts.

Translation of the 10th c. Byzantine lexicon known as the Suda: Stoa | Welcome to the Suda On Line (SOL)

Holy Women of Byzantium, ten saints’ lives published by Dumbarton Oaks: Holy Women of Byzantium — Dumbarton Oaks

Studia Byzantina Uppsaliensia has a large number of their publications available online in open-access, both old and new. Includes translations of Eustathios of Thessalonika, the Life of Eirene of Chrysobalanton, the Life of Andrew the Fool, and the Philaretos the Merciful.

Not free and not online, but the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library is worth mentioning because it now includes a lot of texts and the volumes are affordable enough that most libraries should be able to buy them.

Not free and not online, but Liverpool Translated Texts for Historians/Byzantinists series is worth mentioning because it now includes a lot of texts and the volumes are affordable enough that most libraries should be able to buy them.
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Ad Honorem
Dec 2009
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Michael Stewart, The Soldier’s Life: Martial Virtues and Manly Romanitas in the Early Byzantine Empire

Alexei Lidov’s ‘Hierotopy’ Hierotopy (book) | Hierotopy

Judith Herrin and Jinty Nelson, “Ravenna: its role in earlier medieval change and exchange.

The Glory of Byzantium, 843-1261. Catalogue from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Byzantium, Faith and Power, 1261-1557. Catalogue from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

On the note of the Met, the TImeline of Art History is a good resource for Byzantium.

Recent Research on Byzantine Jewelry, by the British Museum: British Museum - Intelligible Beauty: recent research on Byzantine jewellery

Some digital publications by the Serbian Academy of Sciences: Online Editions | The Institute for Byzantine Studies

The Economic History of Byzantium, three large volumes: The Economic History of Byzantium — Dumbarton Oaks

The Commonwealth is a massive portal for all things pertaining to Syriac studies is very well-curated and organized. | An annotated bibliography of Syriac resources online

Detailed catalogue for Syriac prosopography and religion: The Syriac Reference Portal

Robert Bedrosian has collected a wide range of material pertaining to medieval Armenia and has translated many sources, all available on his site. Sure, he seems to believe in ancient lizard men, but in many cases his translations are the only way to access medieval Armenian texts outside of a major research library that happens to hold the various Robert Thomson or Nina Garsoian translations.

Hebrew University’s bibliography of Christianity in Palestine is invaluable for Syriac studies: A BIBLIOGRAPHY ON CHRISTIANITY IN PALESTINE/ERETZ-ISRAEL | The Center for the Study of Christianity at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Short and outdated, but nonetheless useful brief bibliography for sources on Armenia and Georgia: Two Bibliographies of Late Ancient and Medieval Armenia and Georgia


A small selection of pages of scholars young and old who maintain active accounts and make their work available. John Haldon, Cecile Morrisson, Jean-Claude Cheynet, Warren Treadgold, Anthony Kaldellis, Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, Alexandra-Kyriaki Wassiliou-Seibt, Frederick Lauritzen, Leonora Neville, Geoffrey Greatrex, Michael Decker
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