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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 21, 2017

Rethinking Empire

Byzantine Studies Symposium
Nov 04, 2016

Monumental Painting in Byzantium and Beyond: New Perspectives

Byzantine Studies Colloquium | Ivan Drpić and Tolga Uyar, Colloquiarchs
Oct 13, 2016

An Uneasy Relation: Byzantium and the Nomads

Byzantine Studies Public Lecture | Florin Curta, University of Florida

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

A selection of titles in the Rare Book Collection have been digitized.

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.