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5AACAR40 Constantinople: Imperial Capital - Medieval Metropolis

Credit value: 15
Module convenor/tutor 2017/18 and 2019/20Dr Tassos Papacostas
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour seminar (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment 2019/20: 750-word commentary (30%); 1 x 2,000 word essay (70%)

Assessment pre-2019/20:

1 x essay of 2,500 words (60%); 2 x commentary of 750 words (40%, with each commentary worth 20%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the history, changing fortunes, monuments and artistic output of Constantinople, successor to Rome and the largest city of the medieval world.

This will be achieved through the examination of the city’s fabric, of individual monuments with their decoration, and of primary texts which shed light on important questions, with particular emphasis on the transformation of the city from Late Antiquity through the so-called dark ages and into the medieval period (4th - 15th century).

Suggested introductory reading

This is suggested reading and purchase of these books is not mandatory.

  • Dumbarton Oaks Papers 54 (2000) (acts of the 1998 Dumbarton Oaks symposium ‘Constantinople: the fabric of the city’, available online)
  • P. Magdalino, Studies on the history and topography of Byzantine Constantinople, Variorum / Ashgate (Aldershot 2007).
  • C. Mango, Studies on Constantinople, Variorum / Ashgate (Aldershot 1993).
  • C. Mango and G. Dagron (eds.), Constantinople and its hinterland, Ashgate (Aldershot 1995).
  • N. Necipoğlu (ed.), Byzantine Constantinople: Monuments, topography and everyday life, Brill (Leiden 2001).

For a useful interactive map by Linda Safran (University of Toronto) click here.

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