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Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships and internships, meetings, and exhibitions. Located in residential Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes researchers at all career stages who come to study its books, objects, images, and documents. It opens its doors to the public to visit its historic garden, designed by Beatrix Farrand; its museum, with world-class collections of art; and its Music Room, for lectures and concerts. The institute disseminates knowledge through its publications and online resources. Innovative programming has introduced students of all ages to the museum, garden, and collections.

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Feb 09, 2023 - Feb 11, 2023

The Enchantment of the Living World

Garden and Landscape Studies Colloquium
Feb 12, 2023 - Feb 13, 2023

Seth Parker Woods with Andrew Rosenblum

Mar 12, 2023 - Mar 13, 2023

On the Breath of Angels



Dumbarton Oaks supports and publishes scholarship in the three areas of study supported by Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss: Byzantine Studies, including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, western Medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern Studies; Pre-Columbian Studies of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America; and Garden and Landscape Studies, including garden history, landscape architecture, and related disciplines.

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A Database of Asia Minor

Sylvain Destephen writes prosopographies of upper- and middle-class late antique Asia Minor

Ensoulment and Bābai the Great

Nathan Tilley traces the movement of texts and ideas east of Byzantium through the Syriac philosopher Bābai the Great

Enlivening the Textiles of Paracas

Ann Peters unravels the living history behind textiles in mortuary bundles at Paracas