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Level 5

5AAH2018: The Byzantine Empire, 600-1453

Credit value: 30
Module convenor/tutor: Dr Dionysios Stathakopoulos
Teaching pattern: 20 x 2-hour seminars (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant years
Assessment: 1 x 3 hour examination (60%), 2 x 2,000 word essays (15% each) & 1 x oral presentation (10%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment by the following methods: 1 x 3 hour examination (60%); 2 x 2,000 word essays (15% each); 1 x 1500 word essay (10%)

N.B. This module cannot be taken in conjunction with 5AAH1070 due to overlap of content.

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.

This module offers an overview of Byzantine history, covering the period from the end of its late antique heyday under Justinian I until its fall to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. It will cover political and diplomatic history, but will also explore the social, economic and cultural settings of this little known, but very important state. Central to this undertaking will be the exploration of Byzantium’s position within European and Middle Eastern history. Byzantine influence will be traced beyond the imperial borders through analysis of diplomacy, military strategy, imperial ideology and the production of deluxe art objects. In this way the Byzantine empire will be studied as a lynchpin between East and West, and between the Mediterranean and Northern worlds, as well as a historic period linking Antiquity with the Middle Ages and the early modern period.

Suggested introductory reading

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

Dionysios Stathakopoulos, A Short History of the Byzantine Empire (London 2014).

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