Byzantium and beyond


This project area highlights the cultural significance of Byzantium within the context of the global middle ages and extending into the early modern period, as it becomes evident in the movement of people, texts and ideas, and in the transport of objects. New insights into the radius of influence of Byzantine culture can be gained by an extension of the geographical framework beyond the boundaries of the Byzantine Empire, on the one hand, and by the extension of the chronological axis beyond the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, on the other. This approach will bring to the fore the enduring impact of Byzantine culture, far beyond the empire’s chronological and geographical boundaries. Furthermore, “Byzantium and Beyond” introduces new methods and topics which can only be understood against a global background, such as migration history, objects biographies, network theory or environmental studies.