Publications of the CHAE in print


Parallel to the publication of the Deltion, the Christian Archaeological Society publishes scholarly monographs and edited volumes. The course of its publications depended on its economic capabilities and on the broader historical framework, as a result it has not been continuous and regular. The beginning was marked by the ambitious plan to publish the corpus of the Christian inscriptions of Greece, which was envisioned and coordinated by Nikos A. Veis. Unfortunately, the outbreak of the Second World War permitted the publication of only one volume in 1941, the second one did not appear until 1970.

In 1972 the Society established the series Tetradia of Christian Archaeology and Art, which included nine titles until 2003. Also, it published individual monographs and collaborated with other institutions in joint publications (four until 2016).

Printed Publications

  • [G. Lambakis, Ph.D. Director of the Christian Archaeological Museum, Catalogue of the Zappeion Exhibition, Christian Archaeological Society, Athens 1891, 46 pp.]

    This is the catalogue of a grand exhibition organized at the Zappeion hall in 1891 by the Christian Archaeological Society on the initiative of Georgios Lambakis, one of the founders of the CHAE. The catalogue contains concise descriptions of the exhibits grouped in three sections: a. 111 sketches donated by the Bavarian painter and philhellene Ludwig Thiersch (1825-1909) to the CHAE, b. 58 watercolors, mainly from monuments of Constantinople, from the donation of Byzantinist and vice-president of the Administrative Board of the CHAE A.G. Paspatis, c. 51 ground plans of churches from the research conducted by G. Lambakis himself during his surveys all over Greece.
  • N.A. Bees (Βέης), Die griechisch-christlichen Inschriften des Peloponnes, Lieferung I. Isthmos Π Korinthos, Athen 1941, Corpus der griechischen-christlichen Inschriften von Hellas, Bd. 1., XCII+128 pp., 58 a/b figures in the text, 2 drawings.

    The first volume of the series Christian Inscriptions of Greece was compiled by the inspirer of the programme and President of the Christian Archaeological Society between 1932 and 1958, Nikos A. Bees. It includes 64 inscriptions from the Isthmus and Corinth, and an analytical bibliography.
  • Dimitrios Pallas, Catalogue of manuscripts in the Byzantine Museum, Athens 1955, 132 pp.

    The catalogue inventories the manuscripts in the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens, which belong to the religious heirlooms brought to Greece by the refugees from Asia Minor and Thrace after 1922, as well as manuscripts acquired by gift or purchase. The material includes codices, documents, epistles and other fragmentae.
  • Anastasius C. Bandy, The Greek Christian Inscriptions of Crete. IVth - IΧth Century A.D., Athens 1970, Christian Inscriptions of Greece, vol. I, part I, 156 pp., 72 a/b figures in the text, 40 drawings and squeezes of inscriptions.

    The second volume of the series Christian Inscriptions of Greece includes 112 Christian inscriptions from the island of Crete. These are mainly grave inscriptions dating from the fourth to the ninth century.
  • Agapi Vasilaki-Karakatsani, The Wall-Paintings of the Omorphi Ekklesia in Athens (out of print), Athens 1972, Τετράδια Χριστιανικής Αρχαιολογίας και Τέχνης, no. 1, 150 pp., 58 a/b plates outside the text. (out of print).
    An examination of the wall-paintings in the Omorphi Ekklesia at Galatsi (Athens), a 12th-century building. The author dates the paintings to the closing decades of the 13th century. Individual chapters discuss the iconographic programme of the church, the iconography and the style of the scenes and the ornaments. These are followed by the conclusions of the study, an index and an extensive summary in English (pp. 129-149).
    The book is now available as an e-book from the website of the National Documentation Center:
  • Théano Chatzidakis - Bacharas, Les peintures murales de Hosios Loukas. Le schapelles occidentales, Athènes 1982, Τετράδια Χριστιανικής Αρχαιολογίας και Τέχνης no. 2, 220 pp., 96 plates with 112 a/b figures outside the text.
    A systematic examination of the wall-paintings in the west parekklesia (NW and SW) of the katholikon of the Hosios Loukas monastery, which complement the mosaic decoration in the naos (post-1011) and are dated by the author to the third quarter of the 11th century. The study comprises five units, devoted to the description and iconographic analysis of the scenes, the iconographic programme in relation to the function of the parekklesia, the ornament and the stylistic analysis. The last unit of conclusions is articulated in three chapters, relating to the artists and the position of the wall-paintings in the monument, the character and the chronological inclusion of the painting ensemble in the artistic production of the Middle Byzantine period. Bibliography and indexes follow.
  • Georgios Zacos, Byzantine Lead Seals. Volume Two, Nos 1-1089, compiled and edited by John W. Nesbitt, Berne 1984-1985, Τετράδια Χριστιανικής Αρχαιολογίας και Τέχνης no. 3, two vols, Vol I: text 543 pp., Vol. II, 100 plates with 1089 a/b figures. (out of print).

    The second part of the impressive treatise on Byzantine lead seals by the Constantinopolitan collector and scholar Georgios Zacos. The volume was published posthumously and edited by John W. Nesbitt. It includes 77 patriarchal seals and selected examples of lead seals dating from the 10th century to 1453. The first part, in three volumes, with almost 2000 pages and 3231 lead seals, was published by G. Zacos himself in Basle, in 1972.
  • Ιωάννα Κολτσίδα - Μακρή, Βυζαντινά Μολυβδόβουλλα Συλλογής Ορφανίδη-Νικολαΐδη Νομισματικού Μουσείου Αθηνών, Athens 1996, Τετράδια Χριστιανικής Αρχαιολογίας και Τέχνης no. 4, 210 pp., 584 a/b figures, French summary. [Ioanna Koltsida-Makri, Byzantine Lead Seals of the Orphanidis - Nikolaidis Collection in the Numismatic Museum]

    The Orphanidis-Nikolaidis Collection in the Numismatic Museum, Athens includes 585 lead seals and stamps purchased in 1925-1926 by refugees from Smyrna. The lead seals possibly come from the debris in the coastal area of Marmara in Constantinople.

    The book is divided into 9 chapters which include lead seals that can be dated precisely.
  • [Evgenia Drakopoulou, The City of Kastoria in the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Period (12th-16th century). History - Art – Inscriptions], Athens 1997, Τετράδια Χριστιανικής Αρχαιολογίας και Τέχνης, no.5, 1922 pp., 118 a/b figures, French summary.(out of print).
    An examination of the historical and cultural development of Kastoria from the 12th to the 16th century, based on historical sources, donor and dedicatory inscriptions, and the extant monuments. The study includes the following chapters: The city, Kastoria in the 12th century; The period of foreign rulers (13th-14th c.); The first centuries of Ottoman Rule; General remarks on the inscriptions; Relations between Kastoria and the Greek Mainland, the Balkans and the West; Kastoria: cultural continuity. The bibliography, an French summary and an index follow.
    Now available as an e-book from the National Documentation Center:
  • Jenny P. Albani, Die byzantinischen Wandmalereien der Panagia Chrysaphitissa - Kirche in Chrysapha - Lakonien, Athen 2000, Hefte zur byzantinischen ArchŠologie und Kunst Νr. 6, 133 pp., 8 colour and 32 a/b plates outside the text, Greek summary.

    An examination of the Byzantine wall-paintings in the church of the Virgin Chrysaphitissa at Chrysapha in Laconia. This is a particularly interesting painting ensemble in the Peloponnese, which is dated precisely by the donor inscription to 1289/90. The book comprises five units, presenting the architecture of the church as well as the donor inscriptions and prosopographies of the donors, the iconographic programme, the iconography of the individual representations, the decoration, and the style of the wall-paintings.
  • Σωτήρης Βογιατζής, Συμβολή στην ιστορία της εκκλησιαστικής αρχιτεκτονικής της Κεντρικής Ελλάδος κατά το 16ο αιώνα. Οι μονές του Αγίου Βησσαρίωνος (Δούσικο) και του Οσίου Νικάνορος (Ζάβορδα), Athens 2000, Τετράδια Βυζαντινής Αρχαιολογίας και Τέχνης no. 7, 146 pp., 60 a/b plates outside the text, English summary. [Sotiris Voyatzis, Contribution to the History of the Ecclesiastical Architecture of Central Greece during the 16th Century. The monasteries of St Bessarion (Dousiko) and Hosios Nikander (Zavorda)]

    The study negotiates two notable 16th-century monuments, the monastery of St Bessarion (Dousiko), near Pyli, Trikala, and the monastery of St Nikander in the area of Grevena. Alongside the systematic presentation of these two important monuments, an overall approach is made to 16th-century ecclesiastical architecture in central Greece.
  • Ζητήματα Μεταβυζαντινής Ζωγραφικής στη μνήμη του Μανόλη Χατζηδάκη. Πρακτικά Επιστημονικού Διημέρου 28-29 Μαΐου 1999. Editor: E. Drakopoulou, Institute of Neohellenic Research Π Christian Archaeological Society, Athens 2002, 342 pp. (the studies in Greek are accompanied by an English or a French summary). [Issues of Post-Byzantine Painting in Memory of Manolis Chatzidakis. Proceedings of a Two-Day Colloquium 28-29 May 1999]

    Proceedings of the Scientific Conference on Post-Byzantine Painting, organized in memory of Manolis Chatzidakis by the Institute of Neohellenic Research at the National Hellenic Research Foundation and the Christian Archaeological Society. The volume includes important studies.
  • Ο Χριστός στη Βυζαντινή και Μεταβυζαντινή Τέχνη - Christo nell' arte Bizantina e postbizantina. Πρακτικά Συνεδρίου, Βενετία 22-23 Σεπτεμβρίου 2000 - Atti del Convegno, Venezia 22-23 settembre 2000. Επιμέλεια: Χρ. Μαλτέζου, Γ. Γαλάβαρης - A cura di Chr. Maltezou e G. Galavaris. Ελληνικό Ινστιτούτο Βυζαντινών και Μεταβυζαντινών "πουδών Βενετία, Χριστιανική Αρχαιολογική Εταιρεία - Istituto Ellenico di Studi Bizantini e Postbizantini di Venezia, Societˆ Archeologica Christiana di Grecia, Βενετία 2002 - Venezia 2002, pages 109, XXIV col. pls , 53 b-&-w figs outside the text.

    The proceedings of the conference on the subject of Christ in Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art, organized by the Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies, Venice, and the Christian Archaeological Society, as part of the festive events of the Patriarchate of Venice to celebrate 2000 years since the Nativity of Christ.
  • Triantaphyllia KANARI, Les Peintures du Catholicon du Monastère de Galataki en Eubée, 1586. Le Narthex et la Chapelle de Saint-Jean-le-Précurseur, Athènes 2003, Τετράδια Χριστιανικής Αρχαιολογίας και Τέχνης no. 8, 233 pp., Greek summary, 104 plates and 206 black and white photos.

    This book presents a systematic study of the fresco decoration in the narthex and chapel of the church of Saint John the Forerunner in the katholikon of the Galataki Monastery, dated to 1586 and attributed with certainty to the Theban painters Georgios and Frangos Kontaris and their workshop. The study, which is in five sections, is preceded by a bibliography.

    The text is followed by plates of drawings and photographs, and by indexes.
  • N. Γκιολές, Οι τοιχογραφίες του Καθολικού της Μονής Διονυσίου στο Άγιο Όρος, Athens 2009, 195 pp., 83 figs.

    This volume is a detailed study of the frescoes in the Katholikon of the Monastery of Dionysiou on Mt Athos, which are dated by inscription to 1546/7 and have been attributed to the Cretan icon-painter Tzortzis. The monument’s frescoes were published in color in an album in 2003; for this reason, the present study does not republish color images but rather cites the images in the album. The in-depth investigation of the iconographic programme on the basis of Liturgics and Dogmatics is especially important for the study of the art of the early Post-Byzantine period.
  • Women in Byzantium. Cult and Art

    Christian Archaeological Society – Special topic of the 26th Symposium of Byzantine and post-Byzantine Archaeology and Art, Athens, 12-14 May 2006, ed. M. Panayotidi-Kesisoglou, Athens 2012.
    The volume is a tribute to academician Angeliki Laiou (+2008) and brings together studies that approach topics regarding women in Byzantium. The studies reflect new trends and perspectives of archaeological research and scholarship regarding the evolution of the role of women in Byzantium. They explore the historical circumstances, the archaeological data, the social and economic parameters within which female presence and activity were expressed.

    Co-published with the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation.
  • Archaeological evidence of industrial installations during the Byzantine period, 5th-15th century

    Christian Archaeological Society – Special topic of the 22nd Symposium of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Archaeology and Art, Athens, 17-19 May 2002, Athens 2004.
    The great importance of evidence of technological knowledge in Byzantine culture had recently been established and has led to their study and promotion, thus contributing to enriching our knowledge regarding understudied aspects of Byzantium. This volume highlights topics regarding Byzantine technology covering the entire chronological spectrum from late antiquity and the early Christian period to the Late Byzantine period.

    Co-published with the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation.