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Manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection
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Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss acquired the first manuscript for the museum in 1939. Over the years, the holdings have come to include four Greek manuscripts, one Georgian manuscript, three illuminated leaves from Greek manuscripts, one illustrated leaf from an Armenian manuscript, and four papyrus fragments with Greek writing.
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Digitized Rare Books
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Access full digital facsimiles of select titles in the Rare Book Collection.
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Byzantine Collection
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The Byzantine Collection, which encompasses the imperial, ecclesiastical, and secular realms, is one of the finest collections of portable, sumptuous objects in the world. Selected objects are on display in the Byzantine Gallery and Courtyard Gallery.
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Library and Special Collections Resources
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Resources for scholars in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies
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Byzantine Seals
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An ongoing project to record the 17,000 Byzantine lead seals held by Dumbarton Oaks and publish them online. Browse the collection, learn about sigillography, and download tools to introduce sigillography to students.
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Ephemera Collection
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The Ephemera Collection consists of a variety of materials related to the Byzantine and Pre-Columbian cultures and to worldwide gardens and landscapes that provide an alternative, popular cultural perspective on the academic research fields at Dumbarton Oaks.
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Manuscripts-on-Microfilm Database
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The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library holds almost two thousand microfilm rolls that are reproductions of medieval and early modern manuscripts, the originals of which are held in institutions around the world. This database allows researchers to search for specific manuscripts represented within the collection.
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Bibliography on Gender in Byzantium
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This resource, which began as a bibliography on women in Byzantium, has recently been supplemented by studies on eunuchs and a concern for masculinity. Last updated 2014.
Located in Research / Byzantine Studies / Resources for Scholars
Hagiography Database
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A searchable database of Greek saints’ lives from the eighth to the tenth century.
Located in Research / Byzantine Studies / Resources for Scholars
Translations of Byzantine Saints’ Lives
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