Mount Athos connections in the Middle Ages
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Athos has been inhabited for over 1 000 years only by monks (women and female animals are forbidden from entering). For the first time, researchers will analyse the role the monastic communities on Mount Athos played in the medieval society of the Eastern Mediterranean. The EU-funded MAMEMS project will study how this monastic republic was intimately connected with the Byzantine Empire, the Orthodox principalities of the Balkans and Caucasus, South Italy, as well as the Ottoman Empire. The project will draw on a database containing information about every monk to have ever resided on the Holy Mountain, as well as every Athonite benefactor and each visitor between 850 and 1550.
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