Orgánōsī kai chrīsī tou chṓrou sto Vyzántio II: Mnīmeiakī Topografía Kōnstantinoýpolīs

Course Information
TitleΟργάνωση και χρήση του χώρου στο Βυζάντιο ΙΙ: Μνημειακή Τοπογραφία Κωνσταντινούπολης / Orgánōsī kai chrīsī tou chṓrou sto Vyzántio II: Mnīmeiakī Topografía Kōnstantinoýpolīs
CodeΑΒΥ 706
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600015949

Programme of Study: PMS stīn Archaiología, Téchnī kai Politismó

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Vyzantinī ArchaiologíaCompulsory CourseWinter/Spring-15

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
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 • acquire a sound knowledge of issues relating to the monuments and the development of Byzantine Constantinople • get acquainted with the relevant bibliography (Domestic and International) and moreover with the historical sources on Constantinople and the methodological problems pertaining to their use for the study of the subject • comprehend the meaning of the material remains of Byzantine Constantinople for the study of Byzantine Culture where they hold central stage and usually act as prototypes • to get accustomed with the historic interpretation of material remains in Constantinople where the information from the sources is abundant in comparison to other areas of the Byzantine realm • 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
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course is an in-depth examination of issues concerning spatial organization and monumental topography of Byzantine Constantinople. The founding and development of the New Rome by Constantine the Great and the consequent shift in the political administration from Rome to the City of Bosporus signaled the beginning of Byzantine History in the sense of the Roman Empire's Christian Era. The intentions behind the New Capital's founding were grand from the start and they helped in creating the most important city of medieval world in Europe and one of the most important centers of artistic production ever. The material culture of the Byzantine World is best expressed through the production in Constantinople whose prominence became a point of reference and source of imitation for artistic production in the periphery and beyond the borders of Byzantium. Thus, knowledge of the material remains of the Byzantine Capital is fundamental for understanding Byzantine culture as a whole. despite its fragmentary state of preservation, it retains its centrality in the study of Byzantine civilization since there is an abundance of information from historic sources. The course consists of a study of the time that Constantinople was founded and transformed as the New Metropolis of the Roman State as well as its consolidation as a religious and cultural center. There will be an in-depth analysis of the historic circumstances that contributed to its emergence as the greatest city of the Medieval period together with the changes and the shifts that shaped its urban image during the Middle Byzantine period. Finally, the courses centers on the changes incurred by the Latin occupation and the period of its restoration and final glory under the Palaiologoi. The focus in all the period remains on the study of the material remains that record the historic context.
Byzantine, Constantinople, Archaeology, Art, Architecture, Topography, Sacred, Space, Patronage
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Sellected Bibliography
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment1254.2
Written assigments1254.2
Student Assessment
Students will have to prepare a paper concerning the study of one or several issues concerning the urban development or the monuments of Constantinople. Preparation of the papers is based both on the study of archaeological remains as well as the study of historical sources that is inseparable from the study. The study of the sources relating to Constantinople is done all over the semester during classes where issues of interpretation and their relation to material remains are being discussed and explained. Students will have to present their papers in the classroom and their presentations are graded for the clarity of their organization.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
• Constantinople: the Fabric of the City: Dumbarton Oaks Symposium 1998, Dumbarton Oaks Papers 54 (2000) • J. Bardill, Brickstamps of Constantinople, Oxford 2004 • S. Bassett, The Urban Image of Late Antique Constantinople, Cambridge 2005 • H.-G. Beck, Studien zur Frühgeschichte Konstantinopels, Munich 1973 • Berger, Das Bad in der Byzantinische Zeit, Munich 1982 • Berger, Untersuchungen zu den Patria Konstantinopoleos, Poikila Byzantina 8, Bonn 1988 • M. Cameron και J. Herrin (επιμ.), Constantinople in the Early Eighth Century: The Parastaseis Syntomoi Chronikai, Leiden 1984 • G. Dagron, Constantinople imaginaire, Études sur le recueil des Patria, Paris 1984 • G. Dagron, Η γέννηση μιας πρωτεύουσας. Η Κωνσταντινούπολη και οι θεσμοί της από το 330 έως το 451 (μετάφ.: Μ. Λουκάκη), Αθήνα 2000 • R. Demangel και E. Mamboury, Le quartier des Manganes et la première région de Constantinople, Paris 1939 • J. Ebersolt, Constantinople byzantine et les voyageurs du Levant, Paris 1918 • J. Ebersolt, Le Grand Palais de Constantinople et le Livre des Cérémonies, Paris 1910 • E. Fenster, Laudes Constantinopolitanae, Munich 1968 • J. Freely, A. S. Çakmak, Byzantine Monuments of Istanbul, New York 2009 • R. Guilland, Études de topographie de Constantinople byzantine, Amsterdam 1969 • R. M. Harrison, Excavations at Saraçhane in Istanbul, Princeton 1986 • R. Janin, Constantinople byzantine: développement urbain et répertoire topographique, Paris 1964 • R. Janin, La géographie ecclésiastique de l’Empire byzantin, I: Le siège de Constantinople et le patriarcat œcuménique, 3: Les églises et les monastères, Paris 1969 • W. Jobst, R. Kastler και V. Scheibelreiter, Neue Forschungen und Restaurierungen im byzantinischen Kaiserplast von Istanbul, Vienna 1999 • R. Krautheimer, Three Christian Capitals, Berkeley 1983 • P. Magdalino, Constantinople Médiévale: études sur l’évolution des structures urbaines, Paris 1996 • G. Majeska, Russian Travelers to Constantinople in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries, Washington 1984 • C. Mango, Studies on Constantinople, Aldershot 1993 • C. Mango, The Brazen House: A Study of the Vestibule of the Imperial Palace of Constantinople, Copenhagen 1959 • C. Mango, Βυζάντιο. Η αυτοκρατορία της Νέας Ρώμης (μετάφ.: Δ. Τσουγκαράκης), Αθήνα 1988 • V. Marinis, Architecture and ritual in the churches of Constantinople: ninth to fifteenth centuries, New York 2014 • T. F. Mathews, The Byzantine Churches of Constantinople: A Photographic Survey, University Park 1976 • T. F. Mathews, The Early Churches of Constantinople: Architecture and Liturgy, University Park 1971 • Van Millingen, Byzantine Churches in Constantinople: Their History and Architecture, London 1912 • W. Müller-Wiener, Bildlexikon zur Topographie Istanbuls, Tubingen 1977 • N. Necipoglu, (επιμ.), Byzantine Constantinople: Monuments, Topography and Everyday Life, Leiden 2001 • R. Ousterhout, Master Builders of Byzantium, Philadelphia 2008 • Α. Πασαδαίος, Η Πόλη του Βοσπόρου: Σύντομος συστηματικός οδηγός, Αθήνα 1981 • Πηγή στο διαδίκτυο: T. F. Mathews, The Byzantine Churches of Istanbul,
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