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Tabula Imperii Byzantini

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Project 87 - Adopted in 2015 in Brussels

Research on Historical Geography of the Byzantine Empire at the Austrian Academy of Sciences is conducted by the Tabula Imperii Byzantini (TIB).

This well-known project was accepted by the Union Académique Internationale in Brussels in 2015, and at the same time included into the scheme of Long-term-Projects at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, based on excellent international evaluations. The TIB carries out systematic research in the historical geography of the Byzantine Empire, from the beginning of the fourth century to the mid-15th century. The aim of the project is to create a historical atlas of the Byzantine area from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern period. Individual regions are represented on maps on a scale of 1 : 800,000. A separate accompanying volume presents the results of further research in each region. Each volume contains detailed introductory chapters on geography and climate, borders and territorial designations, history, administrative history, church history and monasticism, traffic routes, economy and demographic trends. Twelve volumes have been published since 1976, six more volumes are in preparation (see the attached map).

The main part of each volume consists of an alphabetical catalogue of all toponyms, hydronyms etc. that were known in Byzantine times. Also included are the historical places whose historical names are unknown, but for whose existence there is (or there was) archaeological evidence. Written sources and archaeological materials elucidate the history of individual places, along with brief descriptions of monuments, both those that are known to have existed and those that are still preserved. Each volume is based on extensive research which entails the analysis of written sources, inscriptions, seals etc., travel literature, reports of excavations and surveys. This is augmented by systematic field research in order to verify, modify or complete the information of the sources. Since the late 1990s, new methods have been added: studies of Palaeo-climate and settlement theories (for example a modified "Central Place Theory"), as well as the regular use of the "Global Positioning System" (GPS) during field missions and surveys. Digital Humanities in the form of Historical Geographical Information Systems (HGIS) further contribute to the analysis and interpretation of the research data.

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TIB - Austrian Committee
POPOVIC MihailoProject leaderAustrian Academy of Sciences
KÜLZER Andreas Project leaderAustrian Academy of Sciences
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