The idea of the digitalisation and reworking of the hagiographical texts written during the Late Byzantine era arose from the need to group them in a research tool for the study of the Late Byzantium society. The initiative was taken by Dr. Eleonora Kountoura Galaki and was implemented with the approval of the Directors of the Institute of Historical Research. The Program "Hagiography of the Late Byzantine Period (1204-1453" started as a sub-project in the Program "Archival, Paleographic and Diplomatic Research". In 2018/2019, after the structure of the Institute of Historical Research was reshaped, the Program of "Hagiography" joined the Research Direction A "The Byzantine Empire: Institutions, Society, Economy", as the hagiographical texts constitute valuable sources for the study of the Late Byzantine society.
Technical support and design of the Database by I. Pelekoudas and the company Infolib.
Data Base “Hagiography of the Late Byzantine Period (1204-1453)”
The Data Base “Hagiography of the Late Byzantine Period (1204-1453)” that runs at the Institute of Historical Research/Section of Byzantine Research aims at collecting, elaborating/reworking and digitising the hagiographic material of the time, including additional elucidative data for each text (e.g. author, date, edition, manuscripts).
It contains prose texts which are classified into the following categories: Unclassified texts, Saints’ Lives, Encomia, Miracles, and Orations, according to the Bibliotheca Hagiographica Graeca (= BHG).
The texts are inputted per page exactly according to their edition.
The user by entering a password has the possibility to perform a search in the texts and in the “Metadata”, i.e. in the information that has been recorded for each text included in the Database (e.g. author, text dating, edition, manuscripts, etc.). Τhe Data Base constitutes a useful tool for those who study Byzantine History.
Copyright: National Hellenic Research Foundation
Dr. Eleonora Kountoura Galaki
Dr. D. Bianconi (2004-2006), Dr. Nike Koutrakou (Byzantinist), Dr. Ekaterini Mitsiou (Byzantinist), Professor St. Efthymiadis (Open University of Cyprus), Professor S. Paschalidis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), D. Kaklamanos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Professor Sophie Métivier (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne).