Course Information
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280004485

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • French (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Students are expected a. to possess specialized knowledge on the political thought of medieval kingdoms; b. to possess specialized knowledge on the political ideas of the Roman Church; c. to possess specialized knowledge on the political thought and the political culture of the civic communities; d. to be able to analyse and assess comparatively the political culture in different medieval political entities; e. to be able to correlate the emergence of humanism with the development of a new political thought; f. to be able to answer specialized questions within the specific topic, which involve both critical thinking and empirical knowledge.
General Competences
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Week #1 Introduction. Political power and political thought (in Middle Ages): concepts and analytical categories (discourse, symbolic communication, performance). Week #2 Imperial Roman ideology and Christian ideas on the political power. The relations between regnum and sacerdotium. Week #3 The political ideas of the German tribes. The medieval rex. Week #4 The shaping of the Roman Church’s political thought (until the 9th c.). Week #5 Theocratic kingship and the western imperial idea. Week #6 The emergence of the medieval city and the renaissance of the political thought (12th-13th c.). Week #7 The emergence of the medieval city and the renaissance of the political thought (12th-13th c.). Week #8 The influence of civic government on kingship. Week #9 Marsilius of Padua and the rebirth of democratic theory. William of Ockham’s absolutism Week #10 The gradual rise of the early modern state: parliamentary representation and absolute monarchy. Week #11 Civic humanism in Florence of the 15th century Week #12 Civic humanism in Florence of the 15th century Week #13 General overview of the subject
Medieval History, history of political thought, kingdom, civic communities, civic humanism, Marsilius of Padua, Thomas Aquinas, Leonrdo Bruni
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • 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
working with sources903
Student Assessment
written exams. oral exams or essay-writing for the Erasmus-student
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
• Ύστερη Μεσαιωνική Πολιτική Θεωρία. Ανθολογία Κειμένων. Θωμάς Ακινάτης, Μαρσίλιος της Πάδοβα, Μπάρτολος του Σαξοφερράτο. Εισαγωγικά κείμενα και επιμέλεια: Ελένη Τούντα και Φιλήμων Παιονίδης. Μετάφραση και Σχολιασμός: Ελένη Τούντα. Θεσσαλονίκη: Εκδοτικός Οίκος Κ. & Μ. Σταμούλη, 2016. • Coleman, Janet. Ιστορία της πολιτικής σκέψης. Τόμος Β΄: Από τον Μεσαίωνα μέχρι την Αναγέννηση. Μετάφραση Γ.Ε. Χρηστίδης. Αθήνα: Κριτική, 2006.
Additional bibliography for study
• Black, Antony. Η πολιτική σκέψη στην Ευρώπη του Μεσαίωνα (1250-1450). Mετάφρ. Δ. Γιαννακόπουλος. Θεσσαλονίκη: Επίκεντρο, 2018. • Bloch, Marc. Η φεουδαλική κοινωνία. Η διαμόρφωση των σχέσεων εξάρτησης. Οι τάξεις και η διακυβέρνηση των ανθρώπων. Μετάφραση Μ. Λυκούδης. Αθήνα: Κάλβος, 1987. • Burns J.H., επιμ. The Cambridge History of Medieval Political Thought c.350-c.1450. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988. • Canning, Joseph. A History of Medieval Political Thought 300-1450. London: Routledge, 1996. • Kantorowicz, Ernst H. The King’s Two Bodies. A Study in the Medieval Political Theology. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 19973 (1957). • Hankins, James, επιμ. Renaissance Civic Humanism: Reappraisals and Reflections. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. • Mann Michael Οι πηγές της κοινωνικής εξουσίας. Τόμος Α΄: Μια ιστορία της εξουσίας από τις αρχές ως το 1760 μ.Χ. Μετάφραση Γ. Καράμπελας. Αθήνα: Πόλις, 2008. • Skinner Quentin, Τα θεμέλια της νεότερης πολιτικής σκέψης. Η Αναγέννηση – Η εποχή της Μεταρρύθμισης. Μετάφρ. Μ. Σαρηγιάννης. Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια, 2005.
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