Gyula Moravcsik


The cover of the Berlin edition of Byzantinoturcica I by Gyula Moravcsik.

Gyula (Julius) Moravcsik (Budapest, 29 January 1892 – Budapest, 10 December 1972), who usually wrote just as Gy. Moravcsik, was a Hungarian professor of Greek philology and Byzantine history who in 1967 was awarded the Pour le Mérite for Sciences and Arts.


Moravcsik explored in depth the relationship between Byzantium and the Turkic peoples, broadly defined and so including Hungarians, and this was reflected in the two volumes of Byzantinoturcica and the 1953 Bizánc és a Magyarság (Byzantium and the Magyars).[1]

With R.J.H. Jenkins, he produced the important new critical and translated edition of Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus' De Administrando Imperio. That work was first published in Budapest, 1949, and later at Dumbarton Oaks. Moravcsik also contributed to the later Commentary, also in the Dumbarton Oaks series.


His son, Julius Moravcsik (1931 – 2009), became a Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University[2], and his daughter, Edith A. Moravcsik, became a Professor of Linguistics the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Selected publications

  • Byzantinoturcica I and II, Budapest 1942 & 1943. Second edition, Berlin 1958.
  • Bizánc és a Magyarság. 1953.
  • Studia Byzantina. 1967.
  • Moravcsik, Gyula, ed. (1967) [1949]. Constantine Porphyrogenitus: De Administrando Imperio (2nd revised ed.). Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies. ISBN 9780884020219.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Moravcsik, Gyula (1970). Byzantium and the Magyars. Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)


  1. ^ Ritoók, Zsigmond. (1997) "The contribution of Hungary to international classical scholarship", Hungarian Studies, 12. Archived here.
  2. ^ Memorial service on Oct. 7 for 'pragmatic Platonist' Julius Moravcsik Stanford News Service, Stanford University, 1 October 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2014. Archived here.

Further reading

  • Bibliography of Moravcsik's works by R. Benedicty in Acta Antiqua Acad. Sc. Hung. 10 (1962): 295-313.

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