Structure – Course Description

Fields and Thematic Modules

The postgraduate programme combines two teaching systems: (a) a vertical system defined by the three main fields of humanist studies (Philology, History, Art and Archaeology), and (b) a horizontal system covering five thematic modules. The vertical system ensures the in-depth study of more specialised research problems, while the horizontal system supports the broader interdisciplinary approach. The vertical system is revealed by the three letters of a seminar's code number (BNE: Byzantine Philology, ΙΣΤ: Byzantine and Medieval History, ΑΡΧ: Byzantine Art and Archaeology). The horizontal system is reflected in the relevant grouping of the three digits of the code number. More specifically, the postgraduate seminars are allotted to the five thematic modules as follows:

1. Methodological and Technical Tools (code nos. 500-514)
2. Theory and Aesthetics (code nos. 515-529)
3. State and Society (code nos. 530-549)
4. Culture and Ideology (code nos. 550-569)
5. Byzantine and Frankish Cyprus (code nos. 570-585)

 

Postgraduate seminars and Thematic modules

1. Methodological and Technical Tools (code nos. 500-514)
The seminars of this module focus on editorial theory and practice for medieval texts in the broadest sense of the term (Greek, Latin, French, Italian, Arabic, Ottoman), the study of palaeography, codicology and diplomatics, as well as other auxiliary disciplines, such as epigraphy, sigillography and numismatics. Through a theoretical approach various practical issues are examined, such as the following: the nature of medieval texts and their relation to their respective "carriers"; the nature of the "carriers" as archaeological objects; the editorial problems of texts preserved in only one or in multiple manuscripts; questions of medieval orthography, punctuation and metre; the place of manuscripts, coins and seals in Byzantine society; the specific interpretative problems of these textual and visual objects.
BNE 500 Editorial Theory and Practice
BNE 501 Greek Palaeography and Codicology
ΙΣΤ 502 Latin Palaeography and Diplomatics
ΙΣΤ 503 Byzantine Diplomatics
ΑΡΧ 504 Epigraphy
ΑΡΧ 505 Sigillography and Numismatics
APX 506 Survey of Research and Interpretative Approaches to Byzantine Archaeology
APX 507 The Study of Ceramics in Byzantine Archaeology
BNE 509 Editorial Problems of Ecclesiastical Poetry
BNE 510 Michaelis Pselli Orationes Funebres
BNE 511 Patriarchal Documents of Constantinople

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2. Theory and Aesthetics (code nos. 515-529)
Seminars belonging to this thematic unit deal with issues concerning theory and aesthetics in the Byzantine world. The term "theory" has in this case a twofold meaning: it refers both to the literary and artistic theories formed by the Byzantines themselves and to the application of modern critical theories to the interpretation of the artistic and literary products of Byzantine civilisation. Thus, in the framework of this unit seminars examine, for instance, ancient rhetorical theories and their use in literary criticism by Byzantine authors, and philosophical and theological theories about icons. The seminars also investigate other more general issues, such as taxonomical problems and narrative approaches, as well as more specific topics concerning the various literary genres or modes of artistic expression.
BNE 515 Theory and Criticism of Literature in Byzantium
ΑΡΧ 516 Byzantine Icon Theory
BNE 517 Byzantine Literature: Problems of Categorisation
BNE 518 Genre Issues
BNE 519 Byzantine Narratives
BNE 520 Language and Literature
BNE 521 Performance and Literature
ΙΣΤ 522 Historiography and Historical Thought in Byzantium
BNE 523 Hagiographical Genres
BNE 524 Religious Poetry and Hymnography
BNE 525 Byzantine Autobiographical Discourse
ΑΡΧ 526 Facets of Reality in Byzantine Art
ΑΡΧ 527 Byzantine Architecture: Principles for the Formation and Use of Space
BNE 528 Theory and Aesthetics of Byzantine Music
APX 529 Byzantine 'Secular' Art

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3. State and Society (code nos. 530-549)
This unit focuses on issues of political, social, and economic history, such as continuity and change in the transition from Late Antiquity to Early Byzantium, the clash between Christianity and paganism, the relationship between Church and State, contacts with other cultural and political environments, and the passage from Byzantium to Modern Greece. The unit also includes the internal history of institutions (State bureaucracy, law courts, dependent peasantry, Church, monasticism), social history (gender roles, dress, patronage), economic history (agriculture and commerce), as well as topics concerning the influence of external factors on Byzantium (the rise of Islam, the Crusades and the Italian trading cities).
ΙΣΤ 530 State and Society
BNE 531 Byzantine Law
ΙΣΤ 532 The Economy in the Medieval World
ΙΣΤ 533 The Crusades
ΙΣΤ 534 Latin Rule in Greek Lands
BNE 535 Byzantine Masculinities and Femininities
BNE 536 Private and Public Space in Daily Life
ΑΡΧ 537 'The Social Life of Things' in Byzantium
BNE 539 Monastic Organisation
ΙΣΤ 540 Latins and Greeks in the First Crusade (1073-1111)
ΙΣΤ 541 The Latin Empire of Constantinople
BNE 542 The Image of the 'Other' in Byzantine Literature
ΑΡΧ 543 Dress: The Mirror of Byzantine Society
BNE 544 Byzantine Outsiders
APX 545 Byzantine Diet
APX 546 The Archaeology of Byzantine Economy
APX 547 Byzantine Fortifications
ΙΣΤ 548 Social History of the Latin East (11th - 13th c.)
APX 549 Art and Identity at the Time of the Crusades

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4. Culture and Ideology (code nos. 550-569)
In the framework of the seminars of this unit some of the most important aspects of Byzantine culture and ideology are investigated. Through the examination of both culture and ideology the unit aims at a better understanding of cultural attitudes and mentalities, of the Byzantines' relations to both themselves and their world, and also of the ideas that determined the intercultural relations between Byzantium and its geographical neighbours in both East and West.
ΙΣΤ 550 Byzantium and Islam: Conflicts and Exchanges
ΙΣΤ 551 Oriens et Occidens
ΙΣΤ 552 Imperial Ideology
BNE 553 The Rhetor and His Audience
BNE 554 Emotions and Mentalities
ΑΡΧ 555 Personal Piety
BNE 556 Representations of the Body
BNE 557 Representations of Death
APX 558 From Paganism to Christianity
APX 559 The Archaeology of Death in Byzantium
APX 560 Byzantine Material Culture and Identity
BNE 561 The Image of Women in Byzantine Literature
ΑΡΧ 562 Portraits of Women in Byzantine Art
BNE 563 The Ruler in Byzantine Literature
ΑΡΧ 564 The Art of Propaganda and Diplomacy
BNE 565 Education in Byzantium
ΙΣΤ 566 Contra errores Graecorum
BNE 567 Conquests of Cities
ΙΣΤ 568 Historiography in the Latin-Ruled Greek World: Historicity and Ideology

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5. Byzantine and Frankish Cyprus (code nos. 570-585)
In this unit Cyprus is examined within the wider social, historical, and cultural context of the Mediterranean. Combining the hermeneutical approaches of the three scholarly fields of the postgraduate programme, special methodological emphasis is devoted to the investigation of the connection between the centre and the periphery, as well as the understanding of the unique nature of a place at the crossroads whose history and culture were shaped by a variety of influences.
ΙΣΤ 570 Byzantine Cyprus
ΙΣΤ 571 Frankish Cyprus
ΙΣΤ 572 The Ecclesiastical History of Cyprus
ΑΡΧ 573 Relations between Centre and Periphery: Byzantine Art in Cyprus
APX 574 Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean: Byzantine Landscape Archaeology
APX 575 Early Byzantine Cyprus: Art and Archaeology
BNE 575 Epiphanios of Salamis
ΙΣΤ 576 Byzantine Cyprus in the Dark Ages (600-965)
BNE 577 Cypriot Hagiographical Texts
BNE 578 Neophytos the Recluse
ΙΣΤ 579 Greeks and the Byzantine Tradition in Frankish Cyprus
ΙΣΤ 580 The Ecclesiastical History of Cyprus 1191-1374
ΙΣΤ 581 Historiography of Cyprus
BNE 582 Cypriot Scholars of the 13th and 14th Centuries
ΙΣΤ 583 Women in Latin-Ruled Cyprus (13th-16th c.)
APX 584 Art in Medieval Cyprus during the Period of Latin Rule

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