Topics of Special Interest in Byzantine Archaeology ΙI

Course Information
TitleΕιδικά θέματα Βυζαντινής Αρχαιολογίας ΙΙ / Topics of Special Interest in Byzantine Archaeology ΙI
CodeΑΒΥ 702
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600015944

Programme of Study: PMS stīn Archaiología, Téchnī kai Politismó

Registered students: 6
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Vyzantinī ArchaiologíaCompulsory CourseWinter/Spring-15

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Students who attend the course are expected to • get acquainted with issues regarding the study of material culture in Western Europe during the Middle Ages • learn the basic aspects of church architecture in the Western Medieval World and its relation to the relevant production in the East • learn the main trends in religious painting in the Western Medieval World and their relation to the relevant artistic production in the East • get to know the bonds and contacts formed between the two realms and the influences acting both-ways during this historic period • get acquainted with issues and problems of method found in the relevant bibliography for the study of the material of this period • practice their skills to present orally and in written their ideas and arguments.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The seminar is a short introduction to the study and the methodologies applied in examining material culture, with an emphasis on art and architecture, of the Western World during the Middle Ages. The course explores the material as part of a parallel phenomenon to the artistic production and the material culture of Byzantium and the East with a focus mainly on religious art and architecture. The course examines the factors that shaped the trends of artistic production which are usually common or project a similar course of development both in the East and West, while on other occasions we can detect influences and the dissemination of formal characteristics both ways. Besides presenting the material itself, the course examines issues of the methodologies applied and problems that are surfacing in the research concerning it. Moreover, it explores established notions that appear frequently in the bibliography. These notions have also influenced the development in the study of Byzantium's Art and Archaeology which was mainly shaped with methodologies borrowed from the study of the culture of Western Middle Ages.
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Selected bibliography
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment1505
Written assigments1505
Student Assessment
Students will have to study weekly specific book chapters and articles (in Greek or English) and present, orally or in written, brief reports of their critical reading. They will also have to study and comment on specific sources regarding artistic appreciation at the time of its production. Students' evaluation will depend on one hand on their weekly presentations, their ability to argue and to answer complicated questions based on bibliography and the relevant sources. Their final assessment will include the paper they must deliver and its oral presentation in the classroom.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Παρατίθεται επιπρόσθετη Βιβλιογραφία ΜΟΝΟ για την Αρχαιολογία και Τέχνη στη Δύση κατά τους Μέσους Χρόνους (για λόγους συντομίας) • J. Beckwith, Early Medieval Art: Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, New York 2001 (ανατ.) • J. R. Benton, Art of the Middle Ages, London 2002 • J. R. Benton, Materials, Methods, and Masterpieces of Medieval Art, Westport 2009 • R. E. Bjork (επιμ.), The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (4 τόμοι), Oxford 2010 • J. Bony, French Gothic Architecture of the 12th and 13th Centuries, Berkeley 1983 • G. Boto Varela, J. E. A. Kroesen (επιμ.), Romanesque Cathedrals in Mediterranean Europe: Architecture, Ritual and Urban Context, Turnhout 2016 • P. Brown, The Cult of the Saints: Its Rise and Function in Latin Christianity, Chicago 2015 • M. Bull, Thinking Medieval: An Introduction to the Study of the Middle Ages, New York 2005 • M. Camille, Gothic Art: Glorious Visions, New York 2003 • M. Camille, The Gothic Idol: Ideology and Image-Making in Medieval Art, Cambridge 1991 • N. F. Cantor, The Civilization of the Middle Ages, New York 1993 • N. Coldstream, Medieval Architecture (Oxford History of Art), Oxford 2002 • K. J. Conant, Carolingian and Romanesque Architecture, 800–1200, New Haven 1978 • P. Crabtree (επιμ.), Medieval Archaeology: An Encyclopedia, New York 2001 • C. Davis-Weyer, Early Medieval Art 300-1150: Sources and Documents, Toronto 1986 • H. W. Dey, The afterlife of the Roman city: architecture and ceremony in late antiquity and the early middle ages, Cambridge 2014 • M. Dvorák, Idealism and Naturalism in Gothic Art, Notre Dame IN 1967 • B. Effros, Merovingian Mortuary Archaeology and the Making of the Early Middle Ages, Berkeley 2003 • E. Fernie, Romanesque Architecture: The First Style of the European Age, New Haven 2014 • T. G. Frisch, Gothic Art, 1140-c. 1450: Sources and Documents, Toronto 1987 • C. Gerrard, Medieval Archaeology: Understanding Traditions and Contemporary Approaches, London 2002 • R. Gilchrist, A. Reynolds (επιμ.), Reflections: 50 years of medieval archaeology, 1957-2007, Leeds 2009 • R. Gilchrist, Medieval Life: Archaeology and the Life Course, Woodbridge 2012 • E. R. Hoffman, Late Antique and Medieval Art of the Mediterranean World, Hoboken 2009 • Jotischky,‎ C. Hull, The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Medieval World, London 2005 • W. Kibler, G. A. Zinn (επιμ.), Medieval France. An Encyclopedia, London 1995 • H. E. Kubach, Romanesque Architecture, New York 1975 • E. Mâle, The Gothic Image: Religious Art in France of the Thirteenth Century, New York 1958 • Martindale, Gothic Art, London 1994 • V. Minne- Sève, H. Kergall, Romanesque & Gothic France: Art and Architecture, New York 2000 • L. Nees, Early Medieval Art (Oxford History of Art), Oxford 2002 • T. F. X. Noble, Images, Iconoclasm, and the Carolingians, Philadelphia 2009 • E. Panofsky, Gothic Architecture and Scholasticism. An Inquiry into the analogy of the arts, philosophy and religion in the Middle Ages, London 1957 • Rudolph (επιμ.), A Companion to Medieval Art: Romanesque and Gothic in Northern Europe, Malden MA 2006 • W. Sauerländer, Gothic sculpture in France, 1140-1270, New York 1972 • H. Schutz, The Carolingians in Central Europe, Their History, Arts, and Architecture: A Cultural History of Central Europe, 750-900, Boston 2004 • R. A. Scott, The Gothic Enterprise: A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral, Berkeley 2003 • V. Sekules, Medieval Art (Oxford History of Art), Oxford 2001 • O. G. von Simson, The Gothic cathedral: origins of Gothic architecture and the medieval concept of order, Princeton 1974 • J. Snyder, Medieval Art: Painting Sculpture, Architecture 4th - 14th Century, Prentice Hall 1988 • R. W. Southern, The Making of the Middle Ages, New Haven 1953 • R. Stalley, Early Medieval Architecture (Oxford History of Art), Oxford 1999 • M. Stokstad, M. Watt Cothren, D. Fairchild Ruggles, Medieval art, Upper Saddle River 20114 • J. R. Strayer (επιμ.), Dictionary of the Middle Ages (13 τόμοι), New York 1983 • R. Toman (επιμ.), The Gothic: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Köln 2007
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