History of Byzantine Civilization and Modern Hellenism

Course Information
TitleΙστορία του Βυζαντινού Πολιτισμού και του Νέου Ελληνισμού / History of Byzantine Civilization and Modern Hellenism
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorKonstantinos Christou
Course ID600018246

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
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 (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
General Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of Byzantine and Modern Greek History
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course students will: -learn the history of the Byzantine state and culture -learn the history of Hellenism during the Turkish occupation - are capable of describing and analyzing historical phenomena, explaining them and, in addition, linking these historical developments with the geographical environment and the preceding and following eras.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The Christianization of the Empire by Constantine the Great and so on. The Great Migration of the Peoples and the collapse of the Western Roman State. Establishment of barbarian kingdoms in the West. The creation, formation, and development of the byzantine cultural composition. The survival of the Eastern Empire during the crisis of the Late Antiquity. The age of Justinian I. The crisis of the 7th century and the survival of the State. The configuration and the internal development of the Byzantine State in the Middle Byzantine period and the peak of its glory of Byzantium. The collapse of the 11th century and the reorganization under the Komnenoi. The 13th and 14th century. The Greeks during the Turkish Rule. The organization of the Hellenism and the Church. 1. The prevalence Christianity of the empire. Constantine the Great and his successors. 2. The collapse of the Empire in the West. Survival in the East. 3. The founding of the Germanic Kingdoms in the West. 4. The formation of the Early Byzantine State and Byzantine Society. Justinian. 5. The crisis of the 7th century. 6. The Isaurian period. Iconoclasm. Survival and change. 7. The state of Charles the Great and the formation of the medieval West. 8. The zenith of byzantine power (10th-11th c.). Nicephorus Phocas, Johannes Tsimiskes, Basil II. 9. The dissolution of the army and administration and the collapse of the state (1025-1081). The restoration of byzantine power under the Komnenoi. 10. The Latin Conquest (1204). The Restoration of the Empire (1204-1282). Decline and Fall. 11. The organization of the «Γένος» and their survival during the Ottoman period. 12. The social and educational work of the Church. 13. Overview of Hellenism by region.
Hellenism, Byzantium, Turkish Domination
Educational Material Types
  • 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 Assigment502
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities60.2
Student Assessment
One 2-hour written examinations. Counted positive participation in class.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Κ. Γιαννακόπουλος, Μεσαιωνικός Δυτικός Πολιτισμός. Και οι κόσμοι του Βυζαντίου και του Ισλάμ, Θεσσαλονίκη, Κυρομάνος, 1993.
Additional bibliography for study
1.Α.Γ.Κ. Σαββίδης, Ben. Hendrickx, Εισαγωγή στη Βυζαντινή Ιστορία, Θεσσαλονίκη 2003. 2.Ι. Καραγιαννόπουλος, Ιστορία του Βυζαντινού Κράτους, τ. 1-3, Θεσσαλονίκη 3.Δ. Ευγενίδου – Δ. Τριανταφυλλόπουλος – Ε. Γλύκατζη-Αρβελέρ – J. Koder – Κ. Πιτσάκης – G. Dagron – Αθ. Μαρκόπουλος – C. Mango – Τ. Παπαμαστοράκης – P. Magdalino – C. Morrisson – Chr. Hannick – Ε. Παπασταύρου, Το Βυζάντιο ως οικουμένη, Αθήνα 2005.
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