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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. 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.

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Digitized Rare Books

Digitized Rare Books

Access full digital facsimiles of select titles in the Rare Book Collection.

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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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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. Updates to the resource are in progress.

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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

The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library holds 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. This database allows researchers to search for specific manuscripts represented within the collection.

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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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