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SEMINAR: THE BYZANTINE SEVENTH CENTURY


Teaching Staff: Vasileiou Fotis
Course Code: ΙΒΥ611
Course Type: Seminar
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Semester: 7th
ECTS: 5

Short Description:

This seminar focuses on a critical period of the Byzantine history. The violent reign of Phocas, the dogmatic disputes between the Church of Constantinople and the Eastern Churches, as well as climate changes, natural disasters, and pandemic outbreaks, weakened the Byzantine Empire, while powerful opponents appeared in the East and the West. Students are expected to produce an essay and defend it in an oral presentation.


Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

The students will:

  • Understand a critical period of the early medieval history
  • Study the rise of Islam
  • acquire a rich perspective on byzantine social history
  • become familiar with the primary sources of the 7th-century Byzantium
  • develop an ability to write with clarity about historical events and defend it in an oral presentation

 


Syllabus:

Week #1: Introduction – sources

Week #2: Historical outline

Week #3: Constantinople in the 7th C.

Week #4: The 7th century Byzantine society

Week #5: Byzantium and Persia

Week #6: The emergence of Islam – Byzantium and Arabs

Week #7: Balkans in the 7th century

Week #8: Urban life

Week #9: Countryside life

Week #10: Presentation of the assignments 

Week #11: Presentation of the assignments 

Week #12: Presentation of the assignments 

Week #13: Presentation of the assignments 

 


Suggested Bibliography:

J.-C. Cheynet (ed.), Ο βυζαντινός κόσμος – Η Βυζαντινή Αυτοκρατορία (641-1204) τόμ. Β’, Αθήνα 2012.

Haldon, Byzantium in the Seventh Century: The Transformation of a Culture. Cambridge 1990

Kaegi, Ηράκλειος. Αυτοκράτορας του Βυζαντίου, Αθήνα 2007

Ι. Καραγιαννόπουλος, Ιστορία του βυζαντινού κράτους, Θεσσαλονίκη 1995


Teaching Methods:

Open lectures.

Critical reading and analysis of source material


Evaluation Methods:

Written assignment.


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