Themes

How were Byzantine manuscripts decorated? What materials were used in the production of Greek manuscripts? How did Greek scholarship influence Western Europe and the Middle East? What can surviving religious manuscripts tell us about Byzantine life? Explore the themes below to find answers to all these questions and more.
Art

Art

Learn more about Byzantine art from the illuminations and decorations found on Greek manuscripts.

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Papyri

Explore what Greek papyri reveal about the lives, troubles, and joys of people who lived over a thousand years ago.

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Religion

Religion

Discover more about what our rich collection of surviving religious manuscripts tells us about Byzantine life.

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Scholarship

Scholarship

Explore the intellectual traditions of the Graeco-Roman world that continued throughout the Byzantine era and into the Early Modern world.

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The Greek World

The Greek World

Explore the influence of the Greek world on Western Europe and the Middle East.

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The makers of Greek manuscripts

The makers of Greek manuscripts

Learn more about book production in antiquity. What was more popular: parchment or paper?

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