Introduction to Byzantine Studies

History 280A

Spring 2016
Section: 
1
Instructor: 
Location: 
3205 DWINELLE
Day & Time: 
Tu 200-500
CCN: 
39768
Units: 
4

This seminar offers a general introduction to Byzantine studies and an investigation of special topics within the discipline. Weeks 1-9 cover the period from the 7th until the 15th centuries in chronological sequence. The remaining weeks are dedicated to particular aspects of Byzantine studies: the survival of Byzantine culture after the political end of the empire in 1453; Byzantium and the Slavs; Byzantine economy; Byzantine literary culture; recent approaches Byzantine art, archeology, and material culture. Students are expected to become familiar with a narrative of events in Byzantine history as well as think about particular problems that modern historians face in their attempt to study and interpret these events.