Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams (DBBE)


Date coverage: 500 - 1500 Website Contact

The Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams (DBBE) is an ongoing project that makes available both textual and contextual data of book epigrams – also known as “metrical paratexts” – from medieval Greek manuscripts dating up to the fifteenth century. Book epigrams are poems in and on books: they have as subject the very manuscript in which they are found, elaborating on its production, contents and use.

DBBE currently holds almost 12.000 records (occurences) of such book epigrams, with metadata.

Project partners

Lead partners

Other partners

  • Pinakes (IRHT)
  • Byzantinische Epigramme in inschriftlicher Überlieferung (Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna)
  • Paratexts of the Bible (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

With financial support by