The acquisition of the Milton V. Anastos Library of Byzantine Civilization has given Notre Dame the unique opportunity to be an international research center in Byzantine studies and strengthens significantly the resources of its Medieval Institute, the program in Early Christian Studies and the departments of Theology, Philosophy, and Classics. The Anastos Library is particulary strong in the primary sources of classical and medieval scholarship and adds to Notre Dame's holdings complete runs in more than fifty new journal titles. The collection reflects the broad interests of Professor Anastos and his conviction that the major sources of Byzantine culture are "the tradition of ancient Greece, the legal and political institutions of pagan Rome, and Christianity," and that this culture's most notable achievements are its art (including architecture), law, and theology.
The collection is housed in the Stavros Niarchos Byzantine and Classics Reading Room (714 Hesburgh Library), which is adjacent to the Medieval Institute's main Reference Room (715 Hesburgh Library), and includes, in addition to the Anastos collection, new purchases made available by a generous gift from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
David Gura, Curator, Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, administers the Byzantine Studies Collection.