Subject area Byzantine Studies

Subject area

Byzantine Studies as an academic subject goes back to Karl Krumbacher (1856-1909), who also held the first associated chair at the University of Munich. The interdisciplinary field of research encompasses the history, culture, religion, art, literature, science, economy and politics of the Byzantine Empire in the period from the founding of Constantinople in 330 A.D. to its conquest by the Ottomans in 1453 A.D. In the programme of the Ergon publishing house, the department constituted itself with the founding of the Prolegomena Byzantina series, which offers an attractive publication venue for fundamental works from the entire spectrum of Byzantine research.

Prolegomena Byzantina
Edited by Christian Gastgeber, Sergei Mariev, Isabel Grimm-Stadelmann

The writings in the series Prolegomena Byzantina present Byzantine studies as a multifaceted discipline that analyzes Byzantium in all its historical aspects and cultural expressions, traces its structural transformations, and explains its after-effects on later and neighboring cultural areas. The period considered covers the years from about 330 to 1453 AD. The focus of the series is not exclusively on historical-philological Byzantine studies; rather, cultural-historical, social, political, philosophical-historical, and medical-historical approaches to the phenomenon of Byzantium are also considered. The insights thus gained aim at a reassessment of the Byzantine heritage and should also enable a differentiated view of contemporary cultural events. The publications in the series are aimed equally at students and doctoral candidates, scholars in the field, and interested Byzantine enthusiasts.

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