Material culture in Byzantium II

Course Information
TitleΥλικά αντικείμενα του Βυζαντινού Πολιτισμού II / Material culture in Byzantium II
CodeΑΒΥ 704
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600015946

Programme of Study: PMS stīn Archaiología, Téchnī kai Politismó

Registered students: 7
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Vyzantinī ArchaiologíaCompulsory CourseWinter/Spring-15

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
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)
General Prerequisites
Prior knowledge on Byzantine numismatics is desirable, but not necessary.
Learning Outcomes
Students who attend the course are expected to • familiarise themselves with numismatics and its methodology • comprehend the double - economic and ideological- use of Byzantine coins • develop the necessary skills that will enable them to identify Byzantine coins • become acquainted with the possibilities that lie in the study of coins as a source of his-tory and archaeology, with particular emphasis on coins as finds in different archaeologi-cal contexts • familiarise themselves with monetary production, monetary circulation and the mentions of coins in the written sources, in order to be able to fully profit from the information of-fered by coin finds • train themselves on the interpretation of numismatic iconography as conveyor of imperial ideology • to become sensitive to methodological and practical issues related to their field of study • practice their skills to present orally and in written their ideas and arguments
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course focuses on the study of monetary production, numismatic circulation and the use of Byzantine coins (498-1453), but expands also on the study of late Roman coinage (498-1453), as well as on the Medieval coinages that were produced and circulated in the Greek territory during the Latin rule (13th-15th centuries). It aims at a multi-faceted consideration of coins as a source for history and archaeology, with particular emphasis on coins as archaeological finds. It investigates the specificities of coin finds in different archaeological contexts (burial places, urban and rural sites, commercial and military routes etc), the use of numismatic finds as indicators of economic growth in a given area, the potential lying in the study of coin finds along with other finds from the same contexts, in an effort to bring forth the diverse possibilities offered by coin finds, possibilities that go well beyond the traditional and restricted use of numismatic finds for precise dating only. Despite the fact that the main focus is coinage as an archaeological find, the course does not ignore the mentions of coins in the written sources, since they offer invaluable information on the use of coins in the Byzantine world. Finally, besides the economic dimension of coinage, that is coins as a medium of transactions, the course also considers the ideological dimension, i.e. coins as conveyors of imperial ideology within the empire and beyond its boundaries. The choices made for the nu-mismatic iconography are seen through the prism of contemporary historical circumstances, while the iconography of coinage is compared to other media conveying messages of imperial ideology to a broader public, such as imperial art and rhetorics.
Numismatics, Byzantine coinage, Coin finds, Monetary circulation, Economy, Numismatic iconography, Imperial ideology      
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
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
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities250.8
Written assigments1505
Student Assessment
Each week students are expected to study a select bibliography (in Greek and/or in foreign languages), on which they will present either orally or in written; alternatively they will be asked to prepare a small written essay or short oral presentation on a given subject. Their evaluation will depend on these weekly presentations, their overall ability to present their arguments and to answer questions regarding their readings, as well as on their participa-tion in the discussion that will take place in the seminar. Of particular importance to the final grade is the oral presentation and the written essay they will prepare on a topic relevant to the course’s thematic.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
  • Report (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
ΕΝΔΕΙΚΤΙΚΗ ΒΙΒΛΙΟΓΡΑΦΙΑ • BENDALL S., An Introduction to the Coinage of the Empire of Trebizond, Λονδίνο 2015 (ελληνική μετάφραση S. Bendall, Εισαγωγή στη νομισματική της αυτοκρατορίας της Τραπεζούντας, μτφρ. Ε. Λιάντα, Θεσσαλονίκη 2018). • BENDALL S. και DONALD P.J., The Later Palaeologan Coinage, Λονδίνο 1979. • BRECKENRIDGE J.D., The numismatic iconography of Justinian II (685–695, 705–711 A.D.) (American Numismatic Society Numismatic Notes and Monographs 144), Νέα Υόρκη 1959. • ΓΑΛΑΝΗ – KΡΙΚΟΥ M. κ.ά., Σύνταγμα Βυζαντινών “Θησαυρών” του Νομισματικού Μουσείου), Αθήνα 2002. • FOSS C., Arab-Byzantine Coins. An Introduction with a Catalogue of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Wash-ington D.C. 2009. • GRIERSON Ph., Byzantine Coins, Λονδίνο-Berkeley 1982. • GRIERSON Ph., Byzantine Coinage, Washington DC 1999 (ελληνική μετάφραση GRIERSON Ph., Βυζαντινή Νομισματοκοπία, μτφρ. Β. Μαλαδάκης, εκδ. Μ.Ι.Ε.Τ., Αθήνα 2007). • GRIERSON Ph., Catalogue of the Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, Vol. 1-5, Washington D.C., 1966 – 1999. • HAHN W., Moneta Imperii Byzantini, I, Von Anastasius I. bis Justinianus I. (491-565) einschliesslich der Ostgothischen und Vandalischen Prägungen, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften 109, Βιέννη 1973.; II, Von Justinus II. bis Phocas (565-610), Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften 119, Βιέννη 1975; III, Von Heraclius bis Leo III. /Alleinregierung (610-720), Österreichische Akademie der Wissen-schaften 148, Βιέννη1981. • HAHN W. και METLICH M.A., Money of the Incipient Byzantine Empire I. Anastasius I to Justinian I, Vienna, 20132 • HAHN W. και METLICH M.A., Money of the Incipient Byzantine Empire Continued (Justin II – Revolt of the Heraclii, 565-610), Βιέννη 2009. • HENDY M.F., Coinage and Money in the Byzantine Empire, 1081-1261, [Dumbarton Oaks Studies 12], Washington D.C. 1969. • HENDY M.F., The Economy, Fiscal Administration and Coinage of Byzantium, Variorum Reprints, Northamp-ton 1989. • METCALF D.M., Coinage in South-Eastern Europe, 820-1396, Λονδίνο 1979. Πρόσφατα κυκλοφόρησε νέα, επαυξημένη έκδοση: Coinage in South-Eastern Europe 820-1396, Αθήνα, 2016. • MORRISSON C., Monnaie et finances à Byzance: analyses, techniques, Variorum, Λονδίνο 1994. • MORRISSON C., "Byzantine Money. Its Production and Circulation" στο A. E. Laiou (επιμ.), The Economic History of Byzantium. From the Seventh Through the Fifteenth Century, [Dumbarton Oaks Studies 39], Washington D.C. 2002, vol. 3, 909-966 (ελληνική μετάφραση MORRISSON C., «Το βυζαντινό νόμισμα: Παραγωγή και Κυκλοφορία», Α.Ε. Λαΐου (επιμ.), Οικονομική Ιστορία του Βυζαντίου, τομ. Γ΄, μτφρ. Δ. Κυρίτσης, Μ.Ι.Ε.Τ., Αθήνα 2006, 41-131). • • MORRISSON C., POPOVIĆ V., IVANIŠEVIĆ V. κ.ά.., Les trésors monétaires des Balkans et d'Asie Mineure (491-717), [Réalités Byzantines 13], Paris 2006. • MORRISSON C., και SCHAAF D., Byzance et sa monnaie (IVe – XVe siècle) (Réalités byzantines15), Παρίσι 2015. • PAPADOPOULOU P. και MORRISSON C., Symbols of Power, Symbols of Piety: Dynastic and Religious Iconography on Post-iconoclastic Byzantine Coinage, στο M. Grünbart, L. Rickelt και M.M. Vučetić (επιμ.), Zwei-Sonnen am Goldenen Horn? Kaiserliche und Patriarchale Macht im byzantinischen Mittelalter. Akten der in-ternationalen Tagung vom 3. bis 5. November 2010, τομ. II, Βερολίνο 2013, 75-98. • ΠΕΝΝΑ Β., Το Βυζαντινό νόμισμα. Μέσο συναλλαγής και έκφραση αυτοκρατορικής προπαγάνδας (Byzantine Coinage. Medium of transaction and manifestation of imperial propaganda), Πολιτιστικό Ίδρυμα Τραπέζης Κύπρου, Λευκωσία 2002. • MORRISSON C., POPOVIĆ V., IVANIŠEVIĆ V. κ.ά.., Les trésors monétaires des Balkans et d'Asie Mineure (491-717), [Réalités Byzantines 13], Paris 2006. • POTTIER H., Byzantine Coinage under Persian Rule /Le monnayage byzantin en Syrie sous l’occupation perse (610-630), Cahiers Ernest-Babelon 9, Paris 2004. • ΤΟΥΡΑΤΣΟΓΛΟΥ Ι., και ΧΑΛΚΙΑ Ε., Ο θησαυρός της Κρατήγου Μυτιλήνης. Νομίσματα και τιμαλφή αντικείμενα του 7ου αι. μ.Χ., Βυζαντινό και Χριστιανικό Μουσείο Αθηνών, Αθήνα 2008.
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