Course Information
TitleΠηγές Εκκλησιαστικής και Βυζαντινής Ιστορίας. / Sources of Church and Byzantine History.
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorVasileios Koukousas
Course ID600015737

Programme of Study: Orthodox Theology and Christian Culture

Registered students: 8
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Vivlikṓn, Paterikṓn, Agiologikṓn kai THrīskeiologikṓn SpoudṓnElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization2110
Istorías, Dógmatos, Filosofías kai ArchaiologíasCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)2110
Efarmosménīs THeologíasElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization2110

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
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)
  • Italian (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Students will have the opportunity, through the sources, to get to know important periods of byzantine history and the Church. They will be able to exploit and integrate them into the appropriate historical and ecclesiastical context.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
Course Content (Syllabus)
1. What are the sources of Byzantine and Ecclesiastical History? 2. The policy of the Roman Empire towards Christians 3. Decrees of Freedom. Sources 4. Ecumenical Councils. Sources 5. The policy of the Byzantine Empire against the monophysites. Sources 6. The period of iconoclasm. Sources 7. Schisms between the East and West Churches. Sources 8. The position of the Byzantine emperors in the Church. Sources 9. The reign of Justinian. Sources 10. The Crusades, with emphasis on the fourth. Sources 11. Latin domination in Greece. Sources 12. The empire of Nicaea and the dominions of Epirus and Mystras. Sources 13. The conquest of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks. Sources
Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, Patriarchate, East, West, Schisms, Crusades
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Courses take place by using PowerPoint.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment100
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities13
Written assigments80
Student Assessment
Planning of work (60%) and οραλ examination (40%). Participation in class is counted positively.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
1. Χριστοφιλοπούλου Αικ., Βυζαντινής Ιστορία, τομ. Α, Β1, β2, εκδ, Βάνιας, Θεσσαλονίκη 1996-1998. 2. G. Dagron, Η γέννηση μιας πρωτεύουσας: Η Κωνσταντινούπολη και οι θεσμοί της από το 330 ως το 451, εκδ. Μορφωτικό Ίδρυμα Εθνικής Τραπέζης, Αθήνα 2000. 3.Γεννάδιος μητροπολίτης Ηλιουπόλεως και Θείρων, Ιστορία του Οικουμενικού Πατριαρχείου, τ. 1, εκδ. Κυριακίδης, Θεσσαλονίκη 2001. 4. Καραγιαννόπουλος Ιω., Ιστορία Βυζαντινού Κράτους, τομ. Α-Γ, εκδ. Βάνιας, Θεσσαλονίκη 1993-1999 5. Καραγιαννόπουλος Ιω., Πηγαί της Βυζαντινής Ιστορίας, εκδ. Πουρναράς, Θεσσαλονίκη 1987. 6. MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, London 2010. 7. Mango C., Βυζάντιο: Η αυτοκρατορία της νέας Ρώμης, εκδ. Μορφωτικό Ίδρυμα Εθνικής Τραπέζης, Αθήνα 1988. 8. Μάξιμος μητρ. Σάρδεων, Το Οικουμενικόν Πατριαρχείον εν τη Ορθοδόξω Εκκλησία, εκδ. Πατριαρχικού Ιδρύματος Πατερικών Μελετών, Θεσσαλονίκη 1972. 9. Norwich J.J., Σύντομη Ιστορία του Βυζαντίου, εκδ. Γκοβόστη, Αθήνα 1999. 10. Ostrogorsky G., Ιστορία του βυζαντινού κράτους, εκδ. Σ. Δ. Βασιλόπουλος Σ. Δ., τ. 1-3, Αθήνα 2001. 11. Πατούρα-Σπανού, Σοφία Χριστιανισμός και Παγκοσμιότητα στο πρώιμο Βυζάντιο. Από τη θεωρία στην Πράξη, εκδ. Εθνικού Ιδρύματος Ερευνών, Αθήνα 2008. 12. Φειδάς Βλάσιος, Εκκλησιαστική Ιστορία, τ. Α-Γ, Αθήνα 2002-2104. 12. Σταυρίδης Βασίλειος, Ιστορία του Οικουμενικού Πατριαρχείου (1453-σήμερον), τ. 1 και 2, εκδ. Κυριακίδης, Θεσσαλονίκη 1999 και 2004.
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