Even if Byzantium was no “civilisation d’épigraphie”, as once stated so appropriately by the epigraphis Loius Robert regarding the Roman Empire, Byzantine inscriptions in prose and verse form (“epigrams”) characterized Byzantine civilisation as well.
The project cooperates with the Epigraphy Commission of the Association Internationale des Études Byzantines (AIEB), which initiated the international cooperative project Inscriptiones Graecae Aevi Byzantini (IGAB), co-ordinated at the Division of Byzantine Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. The project was also accepted by the Union Académique Internationale (UAI) under the supervision of the Department of Byzantine Resarch (A. Rhoby).
The aim of the project is the systematic edition and interpretation of Byzantine inscriptions. The term “inscription” is to be understood in a very broad sense, involving not only inscriptions on stone, but also painted and incised ones which are preserved on any material (expect for coins and seals).
Byzantine inscriptions are edited, analysed and interpreted by international collaborators for publication in the series. Strong interactions exist with the projects “Epigrams” und „Sigillography“, as well as „Language and Literature“ especially with regard to issues of word and image.
An introductory volume with contributions by different authors was published in 2015 (ed. A. Rhoby, Inscriptions in Byzantium and Beyond. Methods – Projects – Case Studies. Wien 2015).
In July 2014, a Summer Workshop in Byzantine Epigraphy at the British School at Athens took place, organized and run by Ida Toth (Oxford University) and Andreas Rhoby.
In September 2018, a Summer Programme in Byzantine Epigraphy, which was funded by Koç University Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, was held at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) of Koç University, Istanbul. It was organized and run by Ida Toth (Oxford University) and Andreas Rhoby.
In April 2023, the Institute for Medieval Research (Andreas Rhoby, Andreas Zajic) and the Austrian Archaeological Institute (Veronika Scheibelreiter-Gail) organized an “Epigraphy Spring School” at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW) and at Stift Klosterneuburg (Lower Austria). The School’s topic was "Socialisation" and "Communitisation" of inscriptions . This concept was created by U. Ehmig.
The volume Materials for the Study of Late Antique and Medieval Greek and Latin Inscriptions in Istanbul is a revised and updated edition of the booklet originally produced for the Summer Programme in Byzantine Epigraphy. This collection of 37 essays has been prepared by Ida Toth and Andreas Rhoby to provide a broad coverage of Constantinople's (Istanbul's) inscriptional material dating back to the period between the 4th and the 15th centuries. It is intended as a comprehensive teaching tool and also as a dependable vademecum to the extant traces of Istanbul’s rich late antique and medieval epigraphic legacy.
„Epigraphik in der Hollandstraße" (called after the OEAW buidling in Hollandstraße 11-13, 1020 Wien) (founded by Andreas Rhoby, Veronika Scheibelreiter-Gail, Andreas Zajic) is an intercultural and transdisciplinary initiative of the following fields: Medieval Research, Byzantine Research, Archaeology, Egyptology, Indology, Tibetology, Jewish Studies, Iranian Studies etc. Two clusters in the framework of "Epigraphik in der Hollandstraße" were published in the journal "Medieval Worlds": "Global Epigraphy I" (10, 2019) and "Global Epigraphy II. Perception and Representation of the Foreign" (16, 2022).
The following volumes are currently in preparation:
The Dated and Datable Byzantine Inscriptions of Constantinople and Its Hinterland (ed. C. Mango, A. McCabe)
The Greek Inscriptions of Mt Athos
Inscriptions tardoantiques et byzantines de la Basilique de Saint-Jean Prodrome à Ephèse (ed. D. Feissel)
STUDIES IN BYZANTINE EPIGRAPHY:
The "Studies in Byzantine Epigraphy“ are a new series, which is published with Brepols Publisher. Editors are Andreas Rhoby (Vienna) and Ida Toth (Oxford). The editors envisage that the series includes collective volumes as well as single studies. The time range is 4th to 15th century. Volume 1 was published in February 2023.
List of subprojects