Course Information
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280004457

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
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)
Learning Outcomes
The understanding of the political, military, administrative, social and financial identity of Byzantium.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
Course Content (Syllabus)
The understanding of the birth and configuration ot the Byzantine Empire. The critical approach of the major events and the reasons that lead to the decline and the fall of the Byzantine Empire. Week #1 General introduction, subject, terminology, geographical borders, peoples, chronological periods of the Byzantine History, use of Blackboard Week #2 History of the Byzantine studies – Sources of Byzantine History (a) Week #3 Sources of Byzantine History (b) – Auxiliary sciences Week #4 From Rome to Constantinople. Great Constantine and the establishment of the new capital. The factors of the Byzantine History. Political theory and ideology. Week #5 Special features and synopsis of the period (324-565): External enemies, internal history, heresies, Ecumenical Synods Week #6 Special features and synopsis of the period (565-867): The situation and enemies in the Balkans, the West and the East. The appearance of Arabs and the threat of Constantinople, the Isaurian dynasty, Iconoclasm Week #7 The Macedonian dynasty (867-1025): The victorious campaigns against the Arabs and the Bulgars. Legislation, the problem of the growth of private land estate. Special features and survey of the period (1025-1081) Week #8 The Comnenian and the Angelos dynastyi (1081-1204): New enemies, Crusades and the capture of Constantinople (1204) Week #9 Special features and survey of the period (1204-1453): The peripheral Byzantine States, the recapture of Constantinople and the Ottoman expansion Week #10 The capture of 1453. The heritage and the glory of Byzantium. Week #11 Central and provincial administration, defence- diplomacy Week #12 Society – Taxation- Administration of justice Week #13 Recapitulation and preparation for the exams
Byzantium, Constantinople, Capture
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Power-Point presentations,screening of documentaries, Blackboard
Course Organization
Reading Assigment52.51.8
Student Assessment
Theme: 100%. Three questions that allow to evaluate the comprehension of the subjects analyzed during the courses. Attending the courses is necessary, although not obligatory.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ι. Ε. Καραγιαννόπουλος, Το Βυζαντινό Κράτος. Θεσσαλονίκη 42001 (εκδ. ΒΑΝΙΑΣ) ή C. Mango, Η αυτοκρατορία της Νέας Ρώμης, ΜΙΕΤ, Αθήνα 1990.
Additional bibliography for study
H. Ahrweiler, Γιατί το Βυζάντιο, Αθήνα 2009. -A. Cameron, Οι Βυζαντινοί, Αθήνα 2009. -Αικ. Xριστοφιλοπούλου, Βυζαντινή Ιστορία. Α΄ 324-610, Θεσσαλονίκη 1993. -Αικ. Χριστοφιλοπούλου, Το πολίτευμα και οι θεσμοί της Βυζαντινής Αυτοκρατορίας 324-1204. Κράτος-Διοίκηση-Οικονομία-Κοινωνία, Αθήνα 2004. -J. Herrin, Τι είναι το Βυζάντιο, Αθήνα 2008. -Ι. Ε. Καραγιαννόπουλος, Η βυζαντινή ιστορία από τις πηγές, Θεσσαλονίκη 21996. -Ι. Koder, Το Βυζάντιο ως χώρος. Εισαγωγή στην ιστορική γεωγραφία της Ανατολικής Μεσογείου στη βυζαντινή εποχή, Θεσσαλονίκη 2005. -Ο Βυζαντινός Κόσμος, τ. Α΄: Η Ανατολική Ρωμαϊκή Αυτοκρατορία (330-641), επιμέλεια C. Morrisson, (ελλην. μετάφρ. Αναστασία Καραστάθη), Αθήνα 2007. -Στ. Ράνσιμαν, Βυζαντινός Πολιτισμός, 1969. -Α. Σαββίδης, Ιστορία του Βυζαντίου με αποσπάσματα από τις πηγές, εκδ. Πατάκη, 32006.
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