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Byzantine Studies

The Byzantine Studies program at Dumbarton Oaks, since its establishment in 1940, has supported a continuous program of residential fellowships and academic events to enable historical, philological, art historical, archaeological and theological research into the civilization of the Byzantine Empire from the fourth to the fifteenth century, together with its interactions with neighboring cultures. 


Apr 20, 2018 - Apr 21, 2018

The Diagram Paradigm: Cross-Cultural Approaches

Byzantine Studies Symposium, Jeffrey F. Hamburger (Harvard), David Roxburgh (Harvard), Linda Safran (PIMS), Symposiarchs
Nov 17, 2017 - Nov 17, 2017

The Byzantine Neighborhood: Urban Space and Political Action

Byzantine Studies Colloquium, Benjamin Anderson and Fotini Kondyli, Colloquiarchs
Oct 13, 2017 - Oct 13, 2017

Byzantium, the Arabs, and the Rise of Islam

Colloquium in Memory of Irfan Shahîd (1926–2016)

Manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection

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.

Digitized Rare Books

Access full digital facsimiles of select titles in the Rare Book Collection.

Byzantine Collection

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.