Eidiká THémata Politikīs kai Ekklīsiastikī Istorías tou Vyzantíou

Course Information
TitleΕιδικά Θέματα Πολιτικής και Εκκλησιαστική Ιστορίας του Βυζαντίου / Eidiká THémata Politikīs kai Ekklīsiastikī Istorías tou Vyzantíou
CodeΙΒΥ 706
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600015991

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)
Required Courses
  • ΙΒΜ 701 Written sources of Byzantine and Medieval History
  • ΙΒΜ 702 Methodología Éreunas kai Askīseis
Learning Outcomes
Students who attend the course are expected to • understand the theoretical background of State and Church relations in Byzantium • realise the interaction between political and religious/ecclesiastical events and situations • comprehend the parameters that determined the Byzantines’ thought and affected their relationship with other peoples and population groups • familiarize with the mechanisms and function of the imperial propaganda • understand the importance of religious unity and conformity as a consolidative factor in Byzantium • become aware of methodological and practical issues related to their field of study • practice their skills to form and present (orally and in written) ideas and arguments.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • 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)
Special themes on the political and ecclesiastical history of Byzantium The course presents aspects of the political and ecclesiastical history of Byzantium. We will describe the parameters that determine the particular relation between the State and the Church in Byzantium (the role and position of the Emperor in the Church, the role of ecclesiastical authority in political and social life, etc.) and will discuss the influence of religious beliefs of individuals and groups in their political, social, economic attitude and behaviour as well as in institutional evolutions. We will address specific religious and ecclesiastical issues that had political dimensions and consequences, provoked or were caused by imperial intervention in the affairs of the Church, and occupied the Byzantine society in an intense, profound and long-lasting way (e.g., the prevalence of Christianity, Christological conflicts, iconoclasm, Christianization of the Slavs, schism of Eastern and Western Churches [1054], unionist policy, Arseniatic schism, Hesychasm, etc.). The students will also familiarise with the approaches and reflections of the modern historiography and will develop a critical attitude towards various interpretations and opposing proposals. 1st week: Presentation of the general topic of State–Church relations in Byzantium. Discussion on the technics for the writing and presentation of scientific essays. Explanation of the prescriptions and guidelines 2nd week: Modern Historiography for the study of the State–Church relations in Byzantium – Presentation of historiographic attitudes and different approaches 3rd week: Historical sources for the study of the general topic 4th - 8th weeks: Presentation of specific topics – Discussion on secondary bibliography and analysis of primary sources 9th - 13th weeks: Oral presentation of the students' essays
State-Church relations, ecclesiastical history, cesaropapism, Christianity, Christianizatin, heresies, ecclesiastical conficts, schism, unionist policy
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
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 Assigment1505
Written assigments1505
Student Assessment
Students are to study specific book chapters and articles (in Greek or in a foreign language) and present (orally or in written) brief reports of their critical reading every week. They will also have to study and comment on relevant Byzantine sources. Students' evaluation will depend on their weekly presentations, their ability to argue and to answer complicated questions based on bibliography and the relevant sources.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
• Αναστασίου I. E., Εκκλησιαστική ιστορία, Θεσσαλονίκη 1983. • Angold M., Church and society in Byzantium under the Comneni, 1081-1261, Cambridge - New York 1995. • Barnes T. D., Early Christianity and the Roman Empire, (Variorum Reprints) London 1984. • Beck H.-G., Η βυζαντινή χιλιετία, Μünchen 1977, ελλ. μτφρ. Δ. Κούρτοβικ, Αιήνα 2000. • Brubaker L., Byzantium in the iconoclast era (c. 680-850): a history, Cambridge - New York 2011. • Bryer A. – Herrin J., Iconoclasm. Papers given at the Ninth Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies (University of Birmingham, March 1965), Brimingham 1977. • Χατζηαντωνίου Ε., Η θρησκευτική πολιτική του Αναστασίου Α΄απέναντι στη μονοφυσιτική έριδα και το ακακιανό σχίσμα, Θεσσαλονίκη 2010. • Χριστοφορίδης Β.Χ., Οι ησυχαστικές έριδες κατά τον ΙΔ' αιώνα, Θεσσαλονίκη 1993. • Dagron G., Empereur et prêtre : étude sur le "césaropapisme" byzantin, Paris 1996. • Dvornik F., Early Christian and Byzantine Political Philosophy, Washington 1966. • Dvornik, F., The Photian Schism. History and Legend, Cambridge 1948. • Ennslin W., Gottkaiser und Kaiser von Gottes Gnaden, München 1943. • Gill J., The Council of Florence, Oxford 1959. • Gill J., Church Union. Rome and Byzantium (1204-1453), (Variorum Reprints) London 1979. • Goullard J., L'hérésie dans l'empire byzantin des origines au XII siècles, Travaux et Mémoires 1 (1965) 299-324. • Γουναρίδης Π., Το κίνημα των Αρσενιατών, 1261-1310. Ιδεολογικές συγκρούσεις την εποχή των πρώτων Παλαιολόγων, Αθήνα 1999. • Laurent V., Les droits de l’empereur en matière ecclésiastique. L’accord de 1380–82, Revue des études byzantines (1954–1955) 5–20. • Michel A., Die Kaisermacht in der Ostkirche (843-1204), Darmstadt 1959. • Nicol D., Church and society in the last centuries of Byzantium, Cambridge 1979. • Φειδάς Β. Ι., Εκκλησιαστική Ιστορία, 3η έκδ., Αθήνα 2002. • Runciman St., The Byzantine theocracy, Cambridge - New York 1977 • Sansterre J.-M., Eusèbe de Césarée et la naissance de la théorie de «césaropapiste», Byzantion 42 (1972) 131-195, 532-593. • Schwartz E., Kaiser Constantin und die christliche Kirche, 2η εκδ. Leipzig 1936.
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