TIB 2012
The Current State of the TIB
Timothy E. Gregory, Review of TIB 1, Speculum
Late Roman bridge, Northern Greece (TIB 11, P. Soustal, M. Popović, 2004)
Jean-Michel Thierry, Review of TIB 2, Byzantinische Zeitschrift
Bithynia and Hellespontos
Byzantine Castle of Lentiana and Ottoman külliye (K. Belke, TIB 13, 2007)
Hans Ditten, Review of TIB 3, Byzantinoslavica
Sardis west of modern Salihli, Lydia (TIB 14, A. Külzer, 2013)
Klaus-Peter Matschke, Review of TIB 4, Deutsche Literaturzeitung
Mazedonien and Bulgarien
Ottoman Bridge called Kadin Most in Nevestino, Bulgaria (TIB 16, M. Popovic, 2007)
Valerij P. Stepanenko, Review of TIB 5, Vizantijskij Vremennik
Yoğurtçu Kale, 15 km west of Manisa Asia (TIB 17, A. Külzer, 2014)
Krasimira Gagova, Review of TIB 6, Bulgarian Historical Review
Kaunos and its Marshy Harbour (TIB 8 und TIB 18, F. Hild, 1994)
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Research on the Historical Geography of the Byzantine Empire at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna is conducted by the Tabula Imperii Byzantini (TIB). This renowned project was accepted by the Union Académique Internationale in Brussels in 2015 (Project 87), and at the same time included into the scheme of Long-Term-Projects at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, based on independent excellent international evaluations. The TIB carries out systematic research in the historical geography of the Byzantine Empire, from the beginning of the 4th century to the mid-15th century. The aim of the project is to create a historical atlas of the Byzantine space 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 provides 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. 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 (from Late Antiquity to Early Modern Times) 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. The aforesaid results are enriched by systematic field research in order to verify, modify or complete the information of the sources.

Since 1986 new methods have been included into the scholarly work of the TIB, namely: studies of Palaeo-climate and settlement theories (for example the modified "Central Place Theory"), as well as the regular use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) during field missions and surveys. Digital Humanities, e.g. in the form of Historical Geographical Information Systems (HGIS), further contribute to the analysis and interpretation of the research data.

Upcoming Events

Mihailo Popović will speak at the Lecture Series "Material Culture in Byzantium and the Medieval West" in Leipzig on "Migrierende Bilder im Interkonfessionellen Raum - Eine Fallstudie zu Süditalien und dem Serbischen Küstenland".

Johannes Koder will speak at the International Conference entitled From the Human Body to the Universe in Uppsala on "Space and Identity – Byzantine Conceptions of Geographic Belonging".

Andreas Külzer will speak at the International Conference entitled From the Human Body to the Universe in Uppsala on "Ephesus and its Hinterland: Reconstructing the Past in a Changing Landscape".

Mihailo Popović will speak at the International Conference entitled From the Human Body to the Universe in Uppsala on "Landscapes, Settlements and Historical Geography – a Case Study on Byzantine Macedonia".

Peter Soustal will speak at the International Conference entitled From the Human Body to the Universe in Uppsala on "Haliakmon – Bistrica – İnce Kara Su. The Main River of Southwestern Macedonia and its Surrounding Country".

Rainer Schreg will speak within the DPP Lecture Series on "Die justinianische Stadtgründung Caričin Grad / Iustiniana Prima – eine 'öko-archäologische' Perspektive".

Prof. Dr. Toni Filiposki and Prof. Dr. Boban Petrovski (both Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje) will speak within the DPP Lectures on "Vlachs from Macedonia in the Medieval Written Sources: Ethnicity and/or Social Category" and "Vlachs between the Settlements and Mountains in Medieval Polog" respectively.