Renate Burri

Renate Burri

I Tatti/RCAC Joint Residential Fellow
Byzantine Book Production in East and West after the Fall of Constantinople
Renate Burri


Renate Burri received her PhD in Classics from Göttingen University in 2010. She also holds a Degree in Greek Palaeography and Codicology from the Vatican School. Her research interests include manuscript studies, reception studies and the history of the sciences, particularly ancient geography. She is the author of Die ‘Geographie’ des Ptolemaios im Spiegel der griechischen Handschriften (2013), and has been awarded fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Gerda Henkel Foundation, among others. She is now a Research Associate at the Center for Global Studies of the University of Berne.

Project Summary

This project is a comparative study of the early post-Byzantine manuscript production in Western Europe (mainly Italy) and on ex-Byzantine territory. It aims at giving a representative portrayal of Greek copying activity after the Fall of Constantinople up to circa 1500, and examines the significance of this activity for the continuation of Greek/Byzantine culture at a time of its doom.