Course Information
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280006880

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
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 (Examination)
  • French (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
With regard to numismatics, after the completion of the course, students will be acquainted with the basic methods of numismatics, questions relevant to monetary production and circulation, as well as with the double - economic and ideological - role of coinage. Moreover, they will be able to identify and date Byzantine coins, and they will have acquired knowledge regarding the diverse possibilities offered by coinage as a source of history and archaeology. With regard to sigillography, after the completion of the course, students will know the basic principles of sigillography, they will be to some extent able to read and date Byzantine lead seals, as well as to recognize the diversity of information regarding the prosopography, the administrative and social structure, religious beliefs, and art of the Byzantine society, that can be deduced from the study of seals.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course is general introduction to the fields of numismatics and sigillography. Regarding numismatics, after a general introduction to the methods of the field and an overview of Byzantine coin production, the course will focus on special issues, such as coins as archaeological evidence, numismatic iconography as an expression of imperial ideology etc. In the field of sigillography (i.e. the study of Byzantine seals) students will practise in reading and dating Byzantine seals, and learn about their contribution to the study of Byzantine administration, economy and prosopography.
Coins, coinage, seals, lead seals, gold seals, coinage, monetary circulation, ideology, iconography
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Course Organization
Laboratory Work60.2
Reading Assigment612.0
Written assigments802.7
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
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