Dioíkīsī kai THesmoí tou Vyzantíou

Course Information
TitleΔιοίκηση και Θεσμοί του Βυζαντίου / Dioíkīsī kai THesmoí tou Vyzantíou
CodeΙΒΥ 701
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600015986

Programme of Study: Historical Research

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Vyzantinīs kai Mesaiōnikīs IstoríasElective CoursesWinter/Spring-15

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Οι φοιτητές αναμένεται ότι στο πλαίσιο του μαθήματος θα • γνωρίσουν τις βυζαντινές διοικητικές δομές •να εξοικειωθούν με τη λειτουργία και την εξέλιξη της διοίκησης και των θεσμών του Βυζαντίου •ευαισθητοποιηθούν σε μεθοδολογικά και πρακτικά ζητήματα που μπορεί να προκύψουν από την εμπλοκή του ερευνητή στο πεδίο που μελετά • εξασκηθούν στην ανάλυση και ερμηνεία των πρωτογενών πηγών σε σχέση με τη διοίκηση και τους θεσμούς του Βυζαντίου
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course will examine the Byzantine administration and institutions from the 4th to the 15th century. The main features of the administrative structures will be analysed and their evolution during the Early, Middle and Late Byzantine period will be studied. The institutional changes introduced by the emperors will be presented and the function and effectiveness of the administrative system will be examined. The main features of the military and ecclesiastical organization will be also presented.The relevant primary sources will be studied and interpreted and the students will write papers on the administration and institutions of the Byzantine State. Week #1 Presentation of primary sources and current trends in the field of research regarding the Byzantine institutions Week # 2 State institutions Week # 3 Imperial council (sacrum consistorium, paradynasteyon, mystikos, basileiopator) Week # 4 Palace administration Week # 5 Administration of Constantinople Week # 6 Imperial secretariat Week # 7 Central financial services Week # 8 Courts and judicial officers Week # 9 Provincial administrative structures Week # 10 Army and navy Week # 11 Honorary titles and court hierarchy Week # 11 Church organization Week #13. Recapitulation - General conclusions
Educational Material Types
  • Selected bibliography
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment1655.5
Written assigments1655.5
Student Assessment
Students will have to study weekly specific book chapters and articles (in Greek and in other languages) and present, orally or in written, brief reports of their critical reading. They will also have to study and comment on specific sources regarding the provincial administration of the Early Byzantine period. Students' evaluation will depend on their weekly presentations, their ability to argue and to answer complicated questions based on bibliography and the relevant sources, as well as on the final paper they will deliver at the end of the semester.
Student Assessment methods
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
• Hélène Ahrweiler, Études sur le structures administratives et sociales de Byzance, VR, London 1971. • Αικ. Χριστοφιλοπούλου, Το πολίτευμα και οι θεσμοί της βυζαντινής αυτοκρατορίας 324-1204. Κράτος-διοίκηση-οικονομία-κοινωνία, Αθήνα 2004. • R. Guilland, Recherches sur les institutions byzantines, Ι-ΙΙ, [Berliner Byzantinische Arbeiten, 35], Berlin - Amsterdam 1967. • R. Guilland, Titres et fonctions de l’empire byzantin, VR, London 1976. • A. H. M. Jones, The Later Roman Empire 284-602. A Social Economic and Administrative Survey, τ. Ι-ΙΙΙ, Oxford 1964. • Ι. Καραγιαννόπουλος, Το βυζαντινό κράτος4, Θεσσαλονίκη 2001. • N. Oikonomides, Byzantium from the Ninth Century to the Fourth Crusade. Studies,Texts, Monuments, [Variorum Collected Studies Series CS 369], Aldershot 1992. • N. Oikonomidès, Les listes de préséance byzantines des IXe et Xe siècles, [Le Monde Byzantin], Paris 1972. • Οικονομική ιστορία του Βυζαντίου από τον 7ο έως τον 15ο αιώνα, γενική εποπτεία Αγγελική Λαΐου, επιστημονική επιτροπή C. Morrisson, Χ. Μπούρας, Ν. Οικονομίδης, Κ. Πιτσάκης, τ. Α΄-Γ΄, Αθήνα 2006. • Κ. Ε. Πλακογιαννάκης, Τιμητικοί τίτλοι και ενεργά αξιώματα στο Βυζάντιο, Θεσσαλονίκη 2001.
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