Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies
in Venice is Greece’s only research centre outside
The Institute was founded in 1951, following a cultural
agreement between Italy and Greece signed in 1948. In
1953 the Greek state donated to it the moveable and
immoveable property of the historic Greek Orthodox Confraternity
in Venice. The Confraternity had ceded this property
to the Greek state, on condition that the state would
guarantee its material support.
Housed in the building of the former Flanghinis College,
the Institute began to function in 1958, on the completion
of major, radical restoration work on the Confraternity’s
The Institute’s main objectives are to carry out
studies in Byzantine and Post-Byzantine history —
focussing primarily on the history of Greek territories
under Latin domination, on the basis of Italian and
in particular Venetian archives — and to publish
the relevant historical sources.
Research in archives
and libraries is carried out by Greek graduates, who
receive a scholarship in order to prepare doctoral theses
and other studies on topics in the history, art and
literature of the Greek regions under Venetian rule,
and also on aspects of the history and activities of
the Greek Confraternity in Venice.
The Institute publishes
an annual journal, "Thesaurismata",
as well as several series of publications: "Library",
"Oriens Graecolatinus", "Graecolatinitas
andd Doctoral theses (series: Thomas Flanghinis").