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Prosopographical Reading of Byzantine Sources, 1025-1150

This edition replaces the beta version of the Prosopography of the Byzantine World database, published in 2006.

    It includes much more information than before on the first half of the twelfth century, mainly from Latin and Greek sources. As well as the history of Byzantium, it now has reasonable coverage of the first two crusades and the history of the crusader states until 1150. The religious dimension of eleventh-century Byzantium, which before was a weakness, is becoming a strength. The first Armenian and Arabic texts have been added. See the full list of texts we have included, which also serves as an index of the coverage of the project

The full bibliographic description is

M. Jeffreys et al., Prosopography of the Byzantine World (2011) available at <http://pbw.kcl.ac.uk>; the standard abbreviation is PBW. Entries should be cited with the date at which they were consulted, and may use the permalinks provided for each individual on person pages and seal pages: so

  • PBW (consulted 1.xi.2011) Boulloterion 2508, <http://db.pbw.kcl.ac.uk/id/boulloterion/2508>
  • PBW (consulted 1.xi.2011) Leon 20224, <http://db.pbw.kcl.ac.uk/id/person/154244>

Aims and objectives of PBW: please see About the Project.


The project owes a debt of gratitude to recent participants in PBW (see a list of names and contributions here) and many others who have contributed much understanding and energy: for the full list for the whole project, see Project Team. Our work has been made possible by the generosity of institutional supporters. The entire project depends on the vision, oversight and support of the British Academy. Essential funding has been provided by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, and the A.G. Leventis Foundation.

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