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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. 


Jan 24, 2019 - Jan 24, 2019

Mary, a Multivalent Figure and the Mother of All

Juggling the Middle Ages and Byzantine Studies Public Lecture, Ioli Kalavrezou, Harvard University
Apr 12, 2019 - Apr 13, 2019

Processions: Urban Ritual in Byzantium and Neighboring Lands

Byzantine Studies Symposium, Leslie Brubaker and Nancy Ševčenko, Symposiarchs
Mar 29, 2019 - Mar 29, 2019

Resourcing Archives: New Research on Old Data—Reception and Formation in Late Antique Syria-Palestine

Byzantine Studies Workshop | Konstantina Karterouli, Gideon Avni, and Alan Walmsley, Organizers

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.