ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONALE DES ETUDES BYZANTINES
CORPUS FONTIUM HISTORIAE BYZANTINAE
At the 13th International Congress of Byzantine Studies in Oxford in
1966 the (AIEB) approved
the creation of a series of editions of Byzantine historical sources
under the name Corpus Fontium Historiae Byzantinae (CFHB). The purpose
of the new series was to provide modern editions, in keeping with current
standards of textual criticism, of previously unedited or inadequately edited texts.
In addition to works of historiography, other narrative texts with historical value
were to be included in the series. Diplomatics, post-Byzantine works and non-Greek texts
were in general to be excluded.
Guidelines for the editions were worked out and published in the 4 (1968) of the AIEB. These guidelines are still valid.
The main points are as follows:
The texts are to be thoroughly new critical editions,
with an introduction focused mainly on the textual history
and, if possible, a translation in a modern language (German, English, French or Italian) .
At the end of each volume there should be three indices, of names, terms and vocabulary.
Brief notes are encouraged, but not detailed commentary.
The volumes are published in several sub-series with common numeration.
The first two were the
(Walter de Gruyter) and the
(Dumbarton Oaks). Later there followed the Series Bruxellensis,
the Series Italica, the , the Series Parisiensis and
two Greek series, the Atheniensis and the Thessalonicensis.
For each of the sub-series an editor in chief has to be responsible.
These are currently Athanasios Kambylis (Series Berolinensis), Christian Gastgeber, Wolfram Hörandner
and Otto Kresten (Series Vindobonensis), and John Duffy (Series Washingtonensis).
For the purpose of planning, coordination and evaluation of the CFHB a Commission
was set up by the AIEB of which Herbert Hunger was chairman from the beginning
until his death in 2000. From 2001 to 2011 Wolfram Hörandner served as chairman. The current members of the Commission are: Theodora ,
Inclusion in the series of a projected edition is approved by the chairman
of the Commission in consultation with the members. The chairman is also responsible,
together with the members and the editors of the sub-series, for the monitoring
of quality and progress of the various editions. In the case of insufficient
information over a long period, an edition can be deleted from
the list by decision of the Commission.