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Harvard University (Cambridge, MA 02138-3800)
William Carl Loerke (Project Director: November 1973 to present)

Preparation of a Catalogue of Byzantine Seals in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection

Dumbarton Oaks posseses about 13000 lead seals of Byzantine officials, both imperial and ecclesiastical. These seals are the prime source material for a detailed history of Byzantine imperial and ecclesiastical administration. They supply information available nowhere else and complement what can be learned from coins and texts. Once indexed, catalogued and published, they will enable scholars to plot the flow of individuals through the Byzantine hierarchy. The Dumbarton Oaks collection is rivaled only by that in the Hermitage in Leningrad (about 16000).

Project fields:
Classical History; European History

Basic Research

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$34,197 (approved)
$34,197 (awarded)

Grant period:
11/1/1973 – 6/30/1975