Course Content (Syllabus)
The focus of this course will be on Jerusalem, real and imaginary, earthly and heavenly, during the Byzantine and the Crusader periods. Topics that will be studied include the archaeology and topography of Jerusalem; the monuments of the city, their transformation and their connection to biblical episodes, with a particular emphasis on the changes that can be observed between the two periods and the reasons behind them; the imitation of the monuments and/or the topography of Jerusalem in other cities and the new symbolism they acquire there; the depiction of the city as a whole or of its monuments in other artistic media (e.g. monumental painting, miniatures, maps, coins, seals etc.) and their symbolism; the rendering of the heavenly Jerusalem in art and its connection to the earthly Jerusalem. Moreover, the role of the city and its monuments in Islam, especially under the Ummayads, will also be discussed, as well as the holy relics of Jerusalem and their fate in the Byzantine and Crusader period, and the role of Constantinople as New Jerusalem.
Jerusalem, Holy Land, Byzantium, Crusades, Ummayads