Byzantinist art historian. Galavaris studied at the University of Athens. He received his Ph.D. from the department of art and archaeology at Princeton University in 1958, writing a thesis on Byzantine liturgical illustration under Kurt Weitzmann. He joined the faculty of McGill University, Montreal. In 1990 in collaboration with Weitzmann, he co-published the reseach collected on the Monastery of St. Catherine's at Mount Sinai, Egypt, The Illuminated Manuscripts. He retired in 1994. Galavaris' area was Byzantine manuscript illuminations. A scholar of broad interests, his research areas ranged from philosophy to poetry and liturgy. He painted professionally, played piano avocationally, and published short stories.
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[dissertation:] The Illustration of the Liturgical Homilies of Gregory of Nazianzenus. Ph.D., Princeton University, 1958, "Symbolism of the Imperial Costume as Displayed on Byzantine Coins." Museum Notes (American Numismatic Society) 8 (1958): 99-117; "Seals of the Byzantine Empire." Archaeology 12 (December 1959): 264-70; Bread and the Liturgy; the Symbolism of Early Christian and Byzantine Bread Stamps. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1970; The Illustrations of the Prefaces in Byzantine Gospels. Vienna: Verl. d. Österr. Akad. d. Wiss., 1979; "Alexander the Great Conquerer and Captive of Death: his Various Images in Byzantine Art." RACAR, Revue d'Art Canadienne/Canadian Art Review 16 no. 1 (1989): 12-18; and Weitzmann, Kurt. The Monastery of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai: the Illuminated Greek Manuscripts. vol. 1, From the Ninth to the Twelfth Century. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1990, Holy Monastery of Iveron: the illuminated Manuscripts. Mount Athos: The Monastery, 2002.
"George Galavaris *58." Princeton Alumni Weekly December 17, 2003. http://paw.princeton.edu/memorials/23/61/index.xml