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The Mapping Ottoman Empirus Project has been carried out by a highly skilled team over the last three years to prepare for the proposed project at Stanford's Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA).

Our team has collated the essential materials into an operable corpus, developed text-to-database extraction scripts for Greek and Ottoman-Turkish materials, created digital maps illustrating historical topography of Epirus and the infrastructure, developed preliminary network visualizations to reveal the relations between key actors in our archives and created an initial custom historical gazetteer from the regional and imperial archives.


Our historical gazetteer Ali Pasha Collection of Papers at the Gennadius Library Archives, a four-volume catalogue of some 1,500 diplomatic, military, administrative and private documents and letters of Ali Pasha predominantly from the latter half of his rule of Ioannina from 1789-1822.

Epirus is a historical region surrounded by the Adriatic Sea and the Pindus Mountains. The land features inner seas, lakes, and fertile valleys. MapOE is developing a number of GIS-based maps to examine Epirus topography and the built space, including human settlements, roads and bridges in the region.

The Geospatial Network Model of the Ottoman World aims to reconstructs the time cost and financial expense associated with different types of travel in the Ottoman Empire.

Visualizing relations and events constitutes a major part of this aim. The Ali Pasha order in Epirus was constituted by complex relations among several dynamic entities.

In the midst of the Napoleonic Wars, Ottoman-Russian conflicts and the crisis of the Ottoman imperial regime, Epirus was one of the most vibrant regions of the empire, experiencing dizzying events.

This project focuses on debt and credits and networks of obligations in the Ali Pasha Order.