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Austrian Academy of Sciences
Institute for Byzantine Studies

 Contact data
StreetWohllebengasse 12-14, 3rd floor 
ZIP, City, Region A1040 - Vienna (Vienna) 
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 Contact person

Dr. Christian Gastgeber (Vicedirector)
 Employees (Total)
Total: 250+  number of researches: 1200

 Central aim of organisation
basic research (mediaeval times, byzantine period): text (analysis, edition), geography, paleography, diplomatics

 Briefly describe your organisation
The Institute for Byzantine Studies, established on January 1st 2006 by merging the Commission for Byzantine Studies and the Commission for the Tabula Imperii Byzantini (TIB), is engaged in basic and advanced studies on the Byzantine Empire. The main objects of research are manuscripts and small objects (seals) as well as the historical geography of the provinces of Byzantium. The results are published in catalogues, dictionaries and editions, and also in cultural historical studies.
Main emphasis is put on the following commitments:
• A critical edition of the Registrum Patriarchatus Constantinopolitani from the manuscripts Cod. Vind.
Hist. gr. 47 and 48 (1315–1402) with translation, short commentary and diplomatic glossary.
• The Dictionary of Byzantine Greek (8 volumes, 1st published in 1994), the first one of this type, contains the complete vocabulary of Byzantine literature.
• The project Byzantine Lead Seals in Austria supplements detailed descriptions of lead seals with (cultural)
historical comments, based on a specially arranged collection of about 35,000 photocopies
• The Catalogue of Scribes of Greek Manuscripts in the Austrian National Library (subscribed, dated,
localized and atelier- or style-specifi ccodices) is based on an already available collection of more than 100,000 photos.
• Diplomatics: Critical edition and commentary of Byzantine documents of the imperial chancellery, of
the patriarchate of Constantinople and monasteries as well as of private documents.
• Digital Palimpsest Research
• The series Tabula Imperii Byzantini (TIB) comprises descriptions of several regions of the Byzantine Empire
accompanied by maps (scale 1:800.000). The volumes contain indices of the names of topographical
objects indicated on the maps, denoting also objects mentioned in sources the location of which
cannot be ascertained with certainty. The introductory chapters are devoted to topics like geography,
climate, administration, history, ecclesiastical history, economy, population, communications, development
of settlements, and fortifi cations. The descriptions derive from the study of sources, but also from surveys carried out in the course of field research.

 Core Competency

Research & Development

 ICT sectors:
- ICT Applications     
   - Cultural Heritage     
   - Geographical Information Systems (GIS)     
- Software- and Data Processing     
   - Archiving, Documentation     
   - Information and Multimedia Retrieval     
 RTD Experiences & Publications

 My organisation has been involved in projects funded by the following EU-programmes
  Coordinator  Partner 
EU Framework Programme (FP)
Other international co-operative research

 Austrian Research and Development Projects
  Coordinator  Partner 
Non-cooperative Projects (Single projects)        
Education Projects (Thesis, ..)
Stimulation and Support Projects

 RTD Experience
The programmes are described on the following homepages:

The publications are cited at the relevant homepage; the main part is published in the publishing house of the Austrian Academy of Sciences: http://verlag.oeaw.ac.at/Sachgebiete/Byzantinistik

These books (including the review Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik) are peer reviewed

 Inserted / Updated
2010-08-11 / 2010-08-23