Course Content (Syllabus)
From the 4th century AD until 1430, the year of the definitive conquest of the city of Thessaloniki by the Ottomans, Thessaloniki the “contiguous” and second in significance city in Byzantium, supported the imperial politics in the European section of the Empire. At the palaeologian period Thessaloniki was a forerunner in the intellect and theological thinking of the time.
At the Ottoman period the city continue played a leading role in Balkan space, at the level of intellectual and artistic production. The monuments (Rotonda, Aghios Dimitrios, Acheropoeitos, Monastery of Latomou, Aghia Sophia, Aghios Nikolaos Orfanos, Hypapanti, Nea Panaghia, Aghios Athanasios etc.) represent the civilization and art of Byzantium over time.
The aim of the course is to make students aware of the exceptional quality and variety of artistic trends that indicate our medieval tradition. However, the most notorious witnesses of artistic performance are the city’s monuments, which with the ornate mosaic and mural decoration are included in the most important works of our world cultural heritage in the Balkan region.
Christian art, architecture, Painting, Monuments Thessaloniki (4th - 14th century)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ευτ. Κουρκουτίδου-Νικολαΐδου, Χρ. Μαυροπούλου-Τσιούμη, Χ. Μπακιρτζής, Ψηφιδωτά της Θεσσαλονίκης, (4ος -14ος αι.), Αθήνα 2012.
Additional bibliography for study
Eft. Kourkoutidou – Nikolaidou, Ch. Mavropoulou-Tsioumi, Ch. Bakirtzis, Mosaics of Thessaloniki, (4th-14th century), Athens 2012.