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Manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection

Manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection

Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss acquired the first manuscript for the museum in 1939. The manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection available as digital facsimiles and accompanying high-resolution images may be explored online.

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Digitized Rare Books

Digitized Rare Books

Access full digital facsimiles of more than one hundred and fifty select titles in the Rare Book Collection, relating to Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian Studies, through this searchable resource.

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Byzantine 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.

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Byzantine Seals

Byzantine Seals

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

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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Resources for Byzantine Hagiography

Resources for Byzantine Hagiography

Dumbarton Oaks Hagiography Database, translations of Byzantine saints’ lives, and related publications from Dumbarton Oaks

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Manuscripts-on-Microfilm Database

This database allows researchers to search for specific manuscripts represented within the collection of 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.

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Bibliography on Gender in Byzantium

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.

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Athena Ruby Inscription Font

Resources for Athena Ruby, a single, comprehensive font for use in the scholarly publication of Byzantine inscriptions. Athena Ruby, is an OpenType, Unicode-compliant font, and therefore compatible with all major operating systems.

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Special Collections

Special Collections

For scholars in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies

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New Titles

The ‘New Titles’ list is on hiatus due to a system migration. As soon as updated lists are available, this service will resume.

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Bibliography on Gender in Byzantium

This resource, originally a bibliography on women in Byzantium, was begun by Thalia Gouma-Peterson and maintained by Alice-Mary Talbot. More recently, under Margaret Mullett and with the assistance of Nate Aschenbrenner, the bibliography was updated and supplemented with studies on eunuchs and masculinity, which together enable work on the Byzantine gender system.

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