There are several instruments for the study of Byzantine men and women's lives:
- Prosopography of the Later Roman World: 3rd to 7th century.
- Prosopography of the Byzantine World (King's college): aims to record all surviving information about every individual mentioned in Byzantine textual sources, together with as many as possible of the individuals recorded in seal sources, in the period 642-1261.
- Prosopographie der mittelbyzantinischen Zeit - PmbZ: 7th-11th centuries
- Prosopographisches Lexikon der Palaiologenzeit, I, vol. 1–12, Addenda 1–2, Online Edition: prosopography of individuals from 1258 to the Fall of Constantinople in 1453.