Course Content (Syllabus)
The 7th century is the end of Late Antiquity and the beginning of the so-called Dark Ages. The Byzantine Empire has fallen into dire crisis due to external threats and loss of important territories. Therefore, a series of Reforms must make the state able to survive the crisis. The lessons examines the key events of the era, but also the individual frames within which stood the momentous changes of the Period.
1. The historical Background.
2. The Roman State.
3. The Successors of Justinian Ι.
4. The last Persian War.
5. The Arab Attack.
6. Church and State.
7. Orthodoxy and Heresy.
8. The Conflict.
9. Human and Divine Providence in the Perceptions of the Time.
10. Emperor and State
11. The History on the Way to the Eschata.
12. The cultural Composition of the 7th Century.
Additional bibliography for study
1. Α. Στράτος, Το Βυζάντιον στον Ζ’ αιώνα, τ. 1-6, Αθήνα 1965-1977.
2. Ε. Koυντούρα-Γαλάκη, Ο βυζαντινός κλήρος και η κοινωνία των «Σκοτεινών αιώνων», Αθήνα 1996.