Tabula Imperii Byzantini Balkans
The historical-geographical project Tabula Imperii Byzantini (TIB) was initiated by the founder of Austrian Byzantine Studies and academician Prof. Dr. Herbert Hunger (1914-2000) in 1966 as a commission of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). His vision of historical-geographical research within the framework of Byzantine studies at the ÖAW and the creation of an atlas of the Byzantine Empire accompany us until now.
At the 13th International Congress of Byzantine Studies in Oxford in 1966, Herbert Hunger set the following as the goal of the TIB Project::
Within the framework of the TIB, the historical geography of the Byzantine Empire, which lasted from the beginning of the 4th century AD to the middle of the 15th century - i.e. from Late Antiquity to the Ottoman conquest, is systematically researched in order to create an atlas of this empire. The main part of each volume of the TIB includes a catalog of Byzantine toponyms (i.e., the names of cities, settlements, fortresses, churches, monasteries, fields, mountains, rivers, and lakes) in alphabetical order, obtained for each region/province of the Byzantine Empire from four categories of sources. These categories are the written sources from the above mentioned period (e.g. the historiography, documents, etc.), archaeological findings (monuments and their remains), the historical and present toponyms and the natural features of landscapes.
Despite some organizational changes in recent decades, we remain committed to Herbert Hunger's scientific legacy and true to his vision. Since 2016, the TIB has been a Long-Term Project of the ÖAW and was also accepted as project number 87 at the Union Académique Internationale in Brussels in 2015.
According to the Long-Term Project plan, TIB consists of two project areas: TIB Asia Minor and TIB Balkans. Since January 1, 2016, Mihailo St. Popović has been the project manager of TIB Balkans and, together with his team, would like to introduce you to the tasks, goals, processes, results and visions of this area on this homepage.