Leading Byzantine Studies journal now open-access

Dumbarton Oaks Papers, which has been a leading academic journal in the field of Byzantine Studies since 1941, has unveiled a new website where all of its issues are open-access and available to read for free.

Colin M. Whiting and Nikos D. Kontogiannis, the editor of Dumbarton Oaks Papers, explain that with “readers and potential authors can find everything they need here, from past issues to author guidelines to the composition of our editorial board. This new home serves as a convenient place for all information related to the journal, and we encourage visitors to browse around.”


The articles themselves are being hosted on the massive open-source platform, and cover all aspects of the Byzantine world plus other medieval areas. Here are ten of our favourites:

Przemysław Marciniak, “Byzantine Cultural Entomology (Fourth to Fifteenth Centuries): A Microhistory of Byzantine Insects” – from Volume 77 (2023)


Jordan Pickett, “Water and Empire in the De Aedificiis of Procopius” – from Volume 71 (2017)

Catherine Holmes, “Byzantine Political Culture and Compilation Literature in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries: Some Preliminary Inquiries” – from Volume 64 (2010)

Leslie Brubaker, “The Elephant and the Ark: Cultural and Material Interchange across the Mediterranean in the Eighth and Ninth Centuries” – from Volume 58 (2004)

Barbara A. Hanawalt, “Medieval English Women in Rural and Urban Domestic Space” – from Volume 52 (1998)


Timothy S. Miller, “Byzantine Hospitals” – from Volume 38 (1984)

Peter Charanis, “Cultural Diversity and the Breakdown of Byzantine Power in Asia Minor” – from Volume 29 (1975)

Cyril Mango, “When Was Michael III Born?” – from Volume 21 (1967)

George Ostrogorsky, “The Byzantine Empire in the World of the Seventh Century” – from Volume 13 (1959)

A. A. Vasiliev, “The Second Russian Attack on Constantinople” – from Volume 6 (1951)

Top Image: Bibliothèque nationale de France MS Grec 1128 fol. 3v