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6AACAR50 Medieval Cyprus: Art & Architecture

Credit value: 15
Module convenor/tutor: Dr Tassos Papacostas
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour lecture (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 2-hour exam (100%)
Assessment pattern for Graduate Diploma students

Assessment: TBC

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.

Cyprus is approached as a case study of a province of the late Roman and then Byzantine empire, looking at its fate in the so-called dark age and middle Byzantine period, and its evolution following the waves of western expansion into the eastern Mediterranean in the wake of the Crusades and later in the context of Venice’s commercial empire.

The island’s history illustrates several important themes in the evolution of the Mediterranean and consequently its artistic and monumental heritage encapsulate and exemplify the principal wider trends (the centrality of Byzantine culture, the introduction of Gothic architecture, the genesis of Crusader art, the impact of the Renaissance).

Suggested introductory reading

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

  • P.W. Edbury, The Kingdom of Cyprus and the Crusades, 1191-1374, CUP (Cambridge 1991).
  • C. Galatariotou, The Making of a Saint. The Life, Times and Sanctification of Neophytos the Recluse, CUP (Cambridge, 1991).
  • G. Hill, A History of Cyprus , 4 vols., CUP (Cambridge 1940-52, repr.2010).
  • A.H.S. Megaw, ‘Byzantine Architecture and Decoration in Cyprus: Metropolitan or Provincial?’, Dumbarton Oaks Papers 28 (1974) 58-88.
  • D.M. Metcalf, Byzantine Cyprus 491-1191, Cyprus Research Centre (Nicosia 2009).
  • A. Nicolaou-Konnari and C. Schabel (eds.), Cyprus. Society and Culture 1191-1374, Brill (Leiden 2005)
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