Course Information
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280004458

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
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)
Learning Outcomes
Students who attended the course are expected to: •learn the administrative structures during the early Byzantine period •understand the reasons for the separation or the unification of civil and military power. •comprehend the function of the three levels of administration (prefectures, dioceses, provinces) • to become sensitive to methodological and practical issues related to their field of study • practice their skills in analysing and interpreting the primary sources concerning the regional administration.
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 focus on the regional administrative organization of the empire from the 4th to the 8th century. After presenting the reforms of Diocletian and Constantine the Great in the provincial organization as well as the choice of the separation of political and military power, the course will proceed with the description of the triple gradation of the administration (provinces, administrations, provinces) and its function. The reforms of Justinian I, who introduced new prefectures, abolished the dioeceses and gave to the civil governors also military power, and the reasons for such changes will be studied. Finally, the survival of the provincial administrative structures of the Early Byzantine state during the 7th and 8th centuries will be traced. Week # 1 Presentation of primary sources and current trends in research concerning the provincial organization of the Early Byzantine state Week # 2 The transition from the Roman to the Byzantine administrative system. -The division of provinces, the introduction of dioceses and the formation of prefectures Week # 3 The prefecture of the East (seat, economic and judicial function) Week # 4 General goals and guidelines for Justinian's changes in the provincial administration (Novels 8 and 17) Week # 5 Quaestura Justiniana Exercitus (name, sources, backstage competitions, function) Week # 6 The prefecture of Illyricum (Sirmium-Thessaloniki-Justiniana Prima) Week # 7 The reorganization of the recaptured lands by Justinian: The prefectures of Africa and Italy Week # 8 Changes in the dioecesis of Egypt -The annona civica Week # 9 The abolition of the administration of Thrace -The vicar of Thrace and the Thracian treasurer Week # 10 The abolition of the dioeceses of Asia, Pontus and East and the new spectabiles provincial governors Week # 11 Revisions of Justinian's changes and new reforms-The re-establishment of certain dioeceses Week # 12 Survival of the provincial structures of the Early Byzantine state during the 7th and 8th centuries -The case of the prefect of Illyricum and the prefect of Thessaloniki Week # 13 Summary-Conclusions
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment1003.3
Student Assessment
Written Exams
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Α. Γκουτζιουκώστας – Ξ. Μονίαρος, Η περιφερειακή διοικητική αναδιοργάνωση της Βυζαντινής Αυτοκρατορίας από τον Ιουστινιανό Α΄: Η περίπτωση της Quaestura Iustiniana Exercitus [Εταιρεία Βυζαντινών Ερευνών 22], Θεσσαλονίκη 2009.
Additional bibliography for study
Antiquité Tardive 6 (1998): Les gouverneurs de province dans l’Antiquité Tardive. • Egypt in the Byzantine World, 300-700, έκδ. R. S. Bagnall, Cambridge 2007. • -T. D. Barnes, The New Empire of Diocletian and Constantine, Cambridge 1982. • W. Brandes, Finanzverwaltung in Krisenzeiten. Untersuchungen zur byzantinischen Administration im 6.-9. Jahrhundert [Forschungen zur Byzantinischen Rechtsgeschichte 25], Frankfurt a.M. 2002. • Chr. Kelly, Ruling the Later Roman Empire [Revealing Antiquity 15], Cambridge Mass. 2004. • Anna Maria, Demicheli, L’Editto XIII di Giustiniano. In tema di amministrazione e fiscalità dell’Egitto Bizantino, Torino 2000. • J. Migl, Die Ordnung der Ämter. Prätorianerpräfektur und Vicariat in der Regionalverwaltung des Römischen Reiches von Konstantin bis zur Valentinianischen Dynastie, Frankfurt a.M. 1994. • Δ. Δρακούλης, Η περιφερειακή οργάνωση των οικισμών της Ανατολικής Ρωμαϊκής Αυτοκρατορίας κατά την πρώιμη βυζαντινή περίοδο (4ος-6ος αιώνας), τ. Α΄, Θρακική, Ιλλυρικόν-Ασιανή, [Βυζαντινά Κείμενα και Μελέται 53Α]Θεσσαλονίκη 2009. • R. Haase, Untersuchungen zur Verwaltung des spätrömischen Reiches unter Kaiser Justinian I. (527 bis 565), Stuttgart 1993. • A. H. M. Jones, The Later Roman Empire 284-602. A Social Economic and Administrative Survey, τ. Ι-ΙΙΙ, Oxford 1964. • Ι. Καραγιαννόπουλος, Ιστορία βυζαντινού κράτους, τ. Α΄: Ιστορία πρωΐμου βυζαντινής περιόδου (324-565), Θεσσαλονίκη 1993 (5η ανατύπωση). • Ο Βυζαντινός κόσμος, τ. 1: Η ανατολική Ρωμαϊκή Αυτοκρατορία (330-641), υπό τη διεύθυνση της Cécile Morrisson με τη συνεργασία των B. Bavant, D. Feissel, B. Flusin, J. Gascou, J.-P. Sodini, J.-M. Spieser, G. Tate, C. Zuckerman, (ελλην. μετάφρ. Αναστασία Καραστάθη), Αθήνα 2007. • S. Puliatti, Ricerche sulla legislazione «regionale» di Giustiniano. Lo statuto civile e l’ordinamento militare della prefettura africana [Seminario giuridico della Università di Bologna 84], Milano 1980. • -E. Stein, Histoire du Bas-Empire, τ. II, Paris -Bruxelles - Amsterdam 1949 (ανατύπωση Amsterdam 1968). • J. Wiewiorowski, The Judiciary of Diocesan Vicars in the Later Roman Empire, translated by Szymon Nowak, Poznań 2015. • C. Zuckerman, Sur la liste de Vérone et la province de Grande Arménie, la division de l’empire et la date de création des diocèses, TM 14 (2002) 619-637.
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