Gorgias Press
Founded in 2001 Gorgias Press is an independent academic publisher of books and journals related to history, languages, and religious studies, with specific areas of expertise in the Ancient Near East, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Archaeology, Biblical Studies, Classics, Early Christianity, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, and Syriac.

Gorgias [GOR-gee-us] Press was originally created by George and Christine Kiraz as a specialty press that could keep up with their research interests. With a background in computational linguistics, George Kiraz envisioned combining cutting-edge technology with humanities research. The new company would be completely online, with no physical storefront, and it would use automation and digital printing technology rather than traditional print runs. With these tools, the press could afford to publish rare and understudied topics that were previously considered unprofitable, and Gorgias soon became known for its pioneering work in language and linguistics, religion, and especially Syriac and Eastern Christianity.
Gorgias’ philosophy of “Publishing for the Sake of Knowledge” rather than profit, attracted a number of new authors, and the press’ areas of interest rapidly began to expand. Today, Gorgias Press publishes 50-60 new titles a year, including monographs, edited volumes, translations, and more, and Gorgias books can be found in academic collections all over the world.
Bibliotheca Orientalis Clementino-Vaticana (Vol 1) Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 701
ISBN: 9781931956239
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2002
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Description:
The 4,000-page Bibliotheca Orientalis Clementino-Vaticana is described as “the first and best encyclopedia for the study of early Syriac Christian literature” by the Blackwell Dictionary of Eastern Christianity. It is the standard encyclopedia in the field.
Bibliotheca Orientalis Clementino-Vaticana (Vol 4) Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 993
ISBN: 9781931956260
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2002
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Description:
The 4,000-page Bibliotheca Orientalis Clementino-Vaticana is described as “the first and best encyclopedia for the study of early Syriac Christian literature” by the Blackwell Dictionary of Eastern Christianity. It is the standard encyclopedia in the field.
Catalogue of the Syriac Manuscripts in the British Museum (Vol 1) Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 413
ISBN: 9781931956291
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2002
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Description:
The Syriac manuscript collection at the British Library is one of the largest and most important collections in any Western library. A great deal of it comes from Deir al-Suryan in Egypt, and without it our knowledge of Syriac Christianity today would not have been possible.
Catalogue of the Syriac Manuscripts in the British Museum (Vol 2) Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 651
ISBN: 9781931956307
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2002
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Description:
The Syriac manuscript collection at the British Library is one of the largest and most important collections in any Western library. A great deal of it comes from Deir al-Suryan in Egypt, and without it our knowledge of Syriac Christianity today would not have been possible.
Catalogue of the Syriac Manuscripts in the British Museum (Vol 3) Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 409
ISBN: 9781931956314
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2002
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Description:
The Syriac manuscript collection at the British Library is one of the largest and most important collections in any Western library. A great deal of it comes from Deir al-Suryan in Egypt, and without it our knowledge of Syriac Christianity today would not have been possible.
Catalogue of the Syriac Manuscripts in the Library of the U. of Cambridge (Vol 1) Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 583
ISBN: 9781931956277
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2002
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Description:
This Cambridge collection includes manuscripts that were formerly in private hands, most notably the manuscripts of John Moore, Bishop of Ely, which were presented to the University by King George I in 1715.
The Earliest Life of Christ: The Diatessaron of Tatian Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9780971309722
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2001
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Description:
In the second century, well before the ‘canonical’ gospels took their present form, Tatian wove from the four gospels and one or more Judaic-Christian gospel, one harmonized account of the life of Christ, the Diatessaron. The Earliest Life of Christ is an English translation of the Diatessaron based on the Arabic version, itself a translation from the lost Syriac.
The Spirit of Islam or The Life and Teachings of Mohammad Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 508
ISBN: 9781931956628
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2001
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Description:
Ameer Ali Syed (1849-1928) was one of the most prominent "liberal" thinkers of modern Muslims. He says, "Throughout this work my object has been to discuss the Islamic teachings in a historical spirit and to develop among the latter day Islamists, a perception of the difference between ethics and ceremonialism."
The New Testament: A Literal Translation from the Syriac Peshitto Version Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 568
ISBN: 9780971598683
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2001
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Description:
A literal accurate translation of the Syriac New Testament into English, with marginal notes showing the original Syriac. A valuable tool for students, and a good NT for Syriac Churches.
The Eastern Churches Trilogy: The Uniate Eastern Churches Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 276
ISBN: 9780971598638
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2001
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Description:
Part of a classic trilogy on Oriental Christianity that had a ground-breaking effect in bringing an awareness of the broader Christian world to Westerners. It remains the most readable and authoritative source on the churches to the east of Rome. This volume is on the Uniate Eastern Churches.
The Eastern Churches Trilogy: The Orthodox Eastern Church Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 500
ISBN: 9780971598614
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2001
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Description:
Part of a classic trilogy on Oriental Christianity that had a ground-breaking effect in bringing an awareness of the broader Christian world to Westerners. It remains the most readable and authoritative source on the churches to the east of Rome. This volume is on the Orthodox Churches of the Byzantine rite.
The Eastern Churches Trilogy: The Lesser Eastern Churches Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 492
ISBN: 9780971598621
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2001
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Description:
Part of a classic trilogy on Oriental Christianity that had a ground-breaking effect in bringing an awareness of the broader Christian world to Westerners. It remains the most readable and authoritative source on the churches to the east of Rome. This volume is on the Non-Chalcedonian Orthodox Churches (Syriac, Coptic, Armenian and Ethiopean).
Ancient Monasteries of the East, Or The Monasteries of the Levant Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 452
ISBN: 9780971309746
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2001
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Description:
Between 1834 and 1837, Curzon visited Egypt, Syria, Albania, and Mt. Athos in order to collect ancient manuscripts. Twelve years later, he wrote accounts of the most curious of them, producing this charming flow of reminiscence in an engaging personality.
The Churches and Monasteries of Egypt and Some Neighbouring Countries Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 564
ISBN: 9780971598676
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2001
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Description:
A descriptive account of monasteries and churches of Egypt primarily, but also of Nubia, Abyssinia, India, North Africa, Spain, the shores of the Atlantic, and southwestern Arabia (including Coptic, Armenian, Ethiopian, Syrian, and Nestorian churches).
Short History of Syriac Literature Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 308
ISBN: 9780971309753
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2001
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Description:
The 1887 edition of Encyclopedia Britannica contained an extensive article on Syriac Literature by the late Professor W. Wright. The article was later reprinted in this book, with additional notes.
My Nestorian Adventure in China: Account of the Holm-Nestorian Expedition Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 380
ISBN: 9780971309760
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2001
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Description:
The narrative of this book relates the quest to bring a "Nestorian" monument--China's earliest record of Christianity--to the West. Holm vividly describes temples, synagogues and mosques, common natives and Buddhist priests, prisoners, soldiers, and guards.