Digital Tabula Imperii Byzantini

The initiatives in the field of Digital Humanities at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and also the related developments in Byzantine Studies in the last couple of years have encouraged the TIB to step up its efforts to provide a platform for the adequate presentation and sustainable usage of its data, which was and is published in respective TIB volumes.

This page is the platform’s realisation and at the same time work in progress, which has been initiated through the sub-project of the TIB entitled "Die digitale Tabula Imperii Byzantini (Dig-TIB) als Beitrag zum Weltkulturerbe". This project was supported by funds of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian Central Bank, Anniversary Fund, Project Number: 17771) from 1 March 2018 until 31 May 2020.

As a Long-Term Project of the Austrian Academy of Sciences the TIB is pursuing three main lines of development:

1) The first line of development comprises the ongoing scholarly work and resulting printed publications, i.e. the TIB volumes with their maps on a scale of 1 : 800,000, following the Long-Term Project scheme of the Austrian Academy of Sciences until 2027. On this basis the TIB volume "Bithynia and Hellespont" (TIB 13, Klaus Belke) has been recently published. Another volume – "Macedonia, Southern Part" (TIB 11, Peter Soustal) is in press. Until 2027 the TIB volumes "Western Asia Minor: Lydia and Asia" (TIB 14, Andreas Külzer), "Macedonia, Northern Part" (TIB 16, Mihailo St. Popović), "Nea Epeiros and Praevalis" (TIB 17, Mihailo St. Popović) and "Caria" (TIB 18, Fritz Hild and Andreas Külzer) shall be finished and published. Cf. on the current status of the TIB volumes in detail:

2) The second line of development is constituted by the scholarly, archival and digital (re)processing of published and unpublished data of the TIB, which has been collected from 1966 until 2016. The year 2016 is to be discerned as a marker, because the TIB is since then following a Long-Term Project scheme implemented at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Our published and unpublished data comprises three main collections: the slides, which were made during TIB surveys from 1966 until 2007/08 (about 52,000); thousands of black-and-white photographs from the 1960s and 1970s from different areas of research; the published TIB volumes 1-10, 12, 13 and 15.

Since 2016 we are pursuing the aim to apply "regressive engineering" to these data sets through third-party funded projects such as the aforesaid project "Die digitale Tabula Imperii Byzantini (Dig-TIB) als Beitrag zum Weltkulturerbe". In this way we are and we will be able to digitise and process them, to save them sustainably within the technical framework of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, to present them to the scholarly community and interested public and to preserve them for future generations.

First crucial results of our endeavour are to be found on this page. Please feel free to use the following Online Resources of the TIB, which are constantly expanded and enriched:

.) You may access a complete list of geographic registers of the published TIB volumes 1-10, 12 and 13 via: It allows you to search and compare the toponomastic evidence from all areas of research of the TIB since 1966.

.) You may access and search each geographic register of a published TIB volume separately (here also 15). .) In all lists you may access the pdf files of the respective TIB volume by clicking on the page number, which is tagged to respective page in the pdf of the volume. Due to copyright regulations of the Austrian Academy of Sciences these functions are available for the TIB volumes 1-7, 12 and 13. As a consequence, you may not only compare the toponomastic evidence, but also read on the historical and archaeological context in the respective headwords (lemmata). .) Finally, a "best practice" has been created for the slides of the TIB via the aforesaid project "Die digitale Tabula Imperii Byzantini (Dig-TIB) als Beitrag zum Weltkulturerbe". For the time being, 7,172 slides of the TIB volumes 5 ("Cilicia and Isauria", Friedrich Hild; 4,981 slides), 12 ("Eastern Thrace (Eurōpē)", Andreas Külzer; 1,252 slides) and 16 ("Macedonia, Northern Part", Mihailo St. Popović; 939 slides) have been scanned and embedded with the respective metadata in the open-source software CollectiveAccess.

You may access this data via:

For the time being, you may search and compare these slides and view their metadata, but not download them for scholarly or private use due to copyright regulations of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. As a next step we will try to include the slides from the TIB volumes 1 ("Hellas and Thessaly") and 3 ("Nicopolis and Cephalonia") subject to successful applications of third-party funded projects.

3) The third line of development is state of the art Geocommunication of current TIB content and results. Therefore, the TIB Balkans (Mihailo St. Popović) is creating, developing and upkeeping the online atlas "Maps of Power: Historical Atlas of Places, Borderzones and Migration Dynamics in Byzantium" since 2019.

You may freely access this online atlas (web application) via: Scholarly results as well as digital photographs of the TIB Balkans, i.e. from the TIB volumes 16 ("Macedonia, Northern Part", Mihailo St. Popović) and 17 ("Nea Epeiros and Praevalis", Mihailo St. Popović), and of related sub-projects of the TIB with a team of young scholarly co-workers (Bernhard Koschicek, Vratislav Zervan, David Schmid) are regularly embedded in English into a TIB OpenAtlas Database.

The web application, which is developed in cooperation with the Department of Geography and Regional Research of the University of Vienna (Prof. Dr. Karel Kriz), enables live queries of the embedded data and the download of current map views as an image. Via additional map layers of the printed maps TIB 1 to TIB 16 on a scale 1:800,000 and their respective pictograms in the web application the queried data is connected visually to the printed volumes of the TIB and their headwords, which may be searched separately (see above).

All three main lines of development are intertwined and form a holistic approach. It is with great zeal that we are constantly enriching the respective online resources of the TIB in order to present our scholarly research and to provide our expertise and data to the national and international scholarly community as well as interested public. Please feel free to browse our hub of resources and to comment on it.