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Encyclopedia > Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
 Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium (often abbreviated to ODB) is a three volume book by the Oxford University Press. It contains comprehensive information in English on topics relating to the Byzantine Empire. It was edited by the late Dr. Alexander Kazhdan, the foremost authority on Byzantium of the 20th Century, and was first published in 1991. Dr. Kazhdan, was a professor at Princeton University becoming a Senior Research Associate at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. before his death. He contributed to many of the articles in the Dictionary always signing his initials A.K. at the end of the article to indicate his contribution. This work is copyrighted. ... This work is copyrighted. ... Oxford University Press (OUP) is a highly-respected publishing house and a department of the University of Oxford in England. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... What Up. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Alexander Petrovich Kazhdan (1922 — Dumbarton Oaks, 1997) was the foremost Byzantinist of the late 20th century. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Princeton University is a coeducational private university located in Princeton, New Jersey in the United States of America. ...


The dictionary is available in printed and e-reference text versions from Oxford's Digital Reference Shelf. It covers the main historical events of Byzantium, as well as important social and religious events. It also includes biographies of eminent political and literary personalities and describes in detail religious, social, cultural, legal and political topics. Cultural topics include music, theology and the arts. Other topics covered include warfare, demography, education, agriculture, commerce, science, philosophy, and medicine providing a comprehensive picture of the complex and advanced political and social structures of Byzantine society. Political structure is a term frequently used in political science. ... Social structure is a term frequently used in social theory - yet rarely defined or clearly conceptualised (Jary and Jary 1991, Abercrombie et al 2000). ...

The Byzantine Empire with its centre located at its capital Constantinople was one of the most influential and powerful States of its time. Byzantium's civilization with its unique combination of classical and religious thought was a beacon of civilization that influenced the political and cultural evolution of Italy, eastern Europe, and Russia. Countries such as Scandinavia, India, and China also felt the influence of this remarkable culture. What Up. ... Map of Constantinople. ... Eastern Europe is the eastern region of Europe variably defined. ... Scandinavia is a region in Northern Europe. ...

The dictionary with over 200 illustrations, tables, and maps provides an award winning reference for anyone interested in studying and researching the unique Byzantine civilization.


The ODB has won numerous prestigious awards. The following are some examples:

  • Reference Reviews Awards: Best Specialist Reference Work 1991
  • Winner of R R Hawkins Award 1991 for the most outstanding professional reference or scholarly work. The preceding was awarded by the professional and scholarly publishing division of the Association of American Publishers.

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) is the largest trade association of publishing companies in the United States. ...

External links

  • ODB on the Oxford University Press General Catalogue



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