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Martina Filosa

“The Economic Administration of Ecclesiastical and Monastic Institutions during the Middle Byzantine Period as Reflected by Lead Seals”

Martina Filosa

Universität zu Köln, Byzantine Studies Summer Fellow

Filosa’s research aims to undertake a systematic and comprehensive study of the prosopography of the economic actors in monasteries, churches, and in so-called euageis oikoi—that is, pious foundations such as hospitals, hospices, orphanages—in the Byzantine Empire using Dumbarton Oaks’ Byzantine lead seals collection as a starting point. The main final product of the research will be the prosopographical appendix to her dissertation.

Martina Filosa is a doctoral candidate in Byzantine studies at the Universität zu Köln. She holds an MA in Byzantine studies and Greek papyrology from the Universität zu Köln and a BA in classical philology from the Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro. She is currently part of a research team based in Köln and Paris developing an encoding standard for the digital edition of Byzantine lead seals (SigiDoc). Moreover, she is a member of the boarding committee of Prolepsis Cultural Association, which promotes academic exchange among students and young scholars in Italian and European universities.