History Department - Courses


Teaching Staff: Vassileiou Fotis
Course Code: ΙΒΥ307
Course Type: Compulsory Elective
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Delivery method: In the classroom
Semester: 4

Short Description:

This lesson concentrates on the two great empires of the early middle ages. After a short introduction on their inner politics and social organization, we will explore their deep-rooted rivalry and collision, while highlighting their common interests and interactions.

Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

The students will:

  • acquire a perspective on the common history of Byzantine and Sasanian empires
  • understand the transition from antiquity to middle ages
  • Think critically about the complex relations of two super-powers
  • Read critically the primary sources



Week #1: Introduction

Week #2: Byzantium 4th – 7th c.

Week #3: Sasanian Persia

Week #4: Constantine and Shapor II

Week #5: the peaceful 5th century

Week #6: Justinian and the Persian aggression

Week #7: Rise and fall of the Sasanian power

Week #8: The Arabian Peninsula and the two empires

Week #9: The emperor and the king

Week #10: Common interests

Week #11: Cultural and economic interactions

Week #12: The Christian and the Zoroastrian Churches

Week #13: Final Remarks

Suggested Bibliography:

P. Brown, Ο Κόσμος της Ύστερης Αρχαιότητας, μτφρ. Ελ. Σταμπόγλη, Αθήνα 1999

P. Canepa, The Two Eyes of the Earth: Art and Ritual of Kingship between Rome and Sasanian Iran. Berkeley 2009

Daryaee, Sasanian Persia: The Rise and Fall of an Empire. By Touraj Daryaee, Νέα Υόρκη 2013

Dignas, E. Winter, Rome and Persia in Late Antiquity: Neighbours and Rivals. Cambridge 2007

Morrisson, Ο Βυζαντινός κόσμος. Η Ανατολική Ρωμαϊκή Αυτοκρατορία (330-641), μτφρ. Αν. Καραστάθη, Αθήνα 2007

Pourshariati, Decline and Fall of the Sasanian Empire: The Sasanian-Parthian Confederacy and the Arab Conquest of Iran. Λονδίνο 2009

Teaching Methods:

Open Lectures

Evaluation Methods:

Written examination

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