Vyzántio kai Dýsī(9os-15os ai.)

Course Information
TitleΒυζάντιο και Δύση(9ος-15ος αι.) / Vyzántio kai Dýsī(9os-15os ai.)
CodeΙΜΕ 704
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600020114

Programme of Study: Historical Research

Registered students: 2
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course1115
Vyzantinīs kai Mesaiōnikīs Istorías Compulsory Course1115

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
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)
  • English (Examination)
  • French (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
Required Courses
  • ΙΒΜ 701 Written sources of Byzantine and Medieval History
  • ΙΒΜ 702 Methodología Éreunas kai Askīseis
Learning Outcomes
Students who attend the course are expected to a. become familiar with the analytical categories of perception and identity as tools of historical research b. comprehend the cultural encounters between the byzantine empire and the West, as well as similarities and diferrences in their historical evolution, c. acquire in-depth knowledge in the research of medieval history, discussing critically the existing historiographical production and understanding the relation between historiography, present and past. d. develop further their critical and synthetic abilities to produce a written essay with the use of sources and bibliography e. become familiar with planning a research project
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • 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)
1st week: Introduction to the analytical categories of discourse, perception and identity 2nd week: Introduction to the analytical categories of discourse, perception and identity 3rd week: Crusades and crusading discourse (11th-13th c.) 4th week: Crusades and the construction of the byzantine and ottoman othernesses 5th week: Trade and Crusade: Latin dominions in the eastern Mediterranean 6th week: The crusading idea and the Union of the Churches. The role of humanism in the byzantine-western encounters 7th week: The crusade of Nicopolis (1396) 8th week: The travel of Manuel II Palaiologos to the West and the role of Manuel Chrysoloras 9th week: Ciriaco d'Ancona in Greece and Asia Minor and the crusade of Varna (1444) 10th week: The crusading idea and the image of the Byzantines and the Ottomans in the West (15th c.) 11th week: Byzantine scholars in the West: identities and othernesses 12th week: Discussion on the students' essays 13th week: Oral presentation of the essays
Medieval Europe, byzantine empire, crusades, crusading discourse, humanism, identities
Educational Material Types
  • selected bibliography and sources
Course Organization
Reading Assigment1505
Written assigments1505
Student Assessment
Studens will have to study weekly specific bibliography (in Greek or in English) and present, orally or in written, brief reports of their critical reading. they will also have to study and comment on specific sources. At the end of semester they have to present orally and then submit a written essay of ca. 4000-5000 words. Students' evaluation will depend on their weekly presentation and their final written essay.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
  • weekly study of bibliography and sources
Additional bibliography for study
Indicatively: Bisaha, Nancy. Creating East and West. Renaissance Humanists and the Ottoman Turks. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004. Carr, Mike. Merchant crusaders in the Aegean 1291-1352. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2015 Jefferson, John. The Holy Wars of King Wladislas and Sultan Murad. The Ottoman-Christian Conflict from 1438-1444. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2012. Lammers, Han. Greece Reinvented. Transformations of Byzantine Hellenism in Renaissance Italy. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2016. Maier, Christoph T. Crusade propaganda and ideology. Model sermons for the preaching of the cross. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. Ryder, Judith R. The Career and Writings of Demetrius Kydones. A study of fourteenth-century byzantine politics, religion and society. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2010.
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