Advanced Studies - Byzantine

History 280B.002/285B.003

Fall 2017
2231 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Tu 3-6
Class Number: 
14967 and 67462
For 280B, please use 14967. For 285B, please use 67462.
This seminar offers a general introduction to Byzantine studies and an investigation of special topics within the discipline. Weeks1-9 cover the period from the 7th until the 15th centuries in chronological sequence.  Students will be expected to become familiar with the sequence of events in Byzantine history and think about particular problems that modern historians face in their attempt to study and interpret these events. Weeks 10-15 will be 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 learned and vernacular literature; Byzantine epic poetry and the expression of collective identity, in the Middle Ages and now; the study of Byzantine art; Byzantine studies as a modern discipline. Students taking this seminar as 285 will be required to identify a research topic early in the semester, on which they will present a research report and produce a final paper.