Bessarion’s contribution to the processes of dissemination of Byzantine cultural heritage in the West during the late 15th century

The project focuses on the main philosophical work of Bessarion (1408-1472), the "In Calumniatorem Platonis" (ICP). The primary objective is to prepare and publish a full critical edition of both Greek and Latin versions of all six books of the ICP.
The project also aims to paint a comprehensive picture of the efforts of Bessarion and members of his scholarly circle to explain the value of Byzantine cultural heritage for the West to a learned audience in Italy during the late 15th century. The project is financed through the Heisenberg Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and hosted by the Institute of Byzantine Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany.


DFG (Heisenberg-Program).


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  • S. Mariev / Bessarion, In Calumniatorem Platonis V. (planed 2022)
  • S. Mariev, Bessarion’s Treasure (Berlin, Boston 2021).


P.D. Dr. Sergei Mariev

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