Online resources for studying Byzantine history


Ad Honorem
Dec 2009
This short list is designed to give some pointers on where to find material for studying Byzantium on the internet. Most of what is available here is free, but a few things require some sort of subscription. By no means is this an attempt to be exhaustive: the online publications of Dumbarton Oaks alone would surpass this list in size, and trying to collect every last book that has been released without copyright and every open-access paper would be a fool's errand. As always, is your best source for free articles, and has a vast collection of out of copyright texts, many of which are still relevant today.


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

Mary Jaharis Centre: the place to go to find out what’s happening in the field:

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

Byzantium 1200: Digital re-creation of Constantinople: Byzantium 1200

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

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:

Parekbolai is an open-access journal of 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:


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:

RI OPAC: A vast bibliographical database that is particularly strong in non-English publications. Unfortunately, not very good for performing general queries. RI OPAC

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

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: Welcome | Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire

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

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


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.

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

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:

Select publications

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

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:

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 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:
Jan 2016
Victoria, Canada
Thanks, these are great. Byzantine historical resources are always so hard to find for non-academics.

That should be a sticky at the top of the subForum.
I agree.
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Ad Honorem
Dec 2009
Is there some way I can retain editing power over the first post so I can update this?


Ad Honorem
Apr 2015
Is there some way I can retain editing power over the first post so I can update this?
You can't unless maybe a mod or the admin wants to modify it. My suggestion is to write this in the form of a blog post. As far as I see, you can modify your blog posts infinitely.