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

BNE 500 Editorial Theory and Practice
This seminar examines the problems involved in editing Byzantine texts from a broad theoretical perspective in contrast to the traditional methods of reconstructing 'textual archetypes'. Following an in-depth study of various editorial theories, the students are expected to edit passages from prose and poetry in the learned and the vernacular idioms.

BNE 501 Greek Palaeography and Codicology
By focusing on specific areas of manuscript production, this seminar examines specialised issues of the history of scripts and books in the Byzantine world. For example, the students have to study in detail such issues as the minuscule of the 9th century, the role of intellectuals in the production of books during the Palaeologan era, scribes and manuscripts in Cyprus (11th-15th centuries), and the manuscript as an archaeological object.

ΙΣΤ 502 Latin Palaeography and Diplomatics
After a historical survey of the Latin scripts from Late Antiquity to the invention of movable print in the 15th century, this seminar investigates various genres of Latin documents, and texts from the Middle Ages in manuscript form. Special emphasis is placed on transcription, with a goal to edit the texts, and create the pertinent scientific apparatus.

ΙΣΤ 503 Byzantine Diplomatics
This seminar provides the students with the necessary skills for the scholarly investigation of official acts of the Byzantine State. In particular, we discuss the different forms of transmission of archival sources and the external and internal characteristics of official acts according to the usages of each issuing authority (for example, imperial and ecclesiastical acts, acts of public officials, and private acts). In addition, we treat research problems relating to the terminology and content of the documents. Finally, we present the modern techniques employed in the scholarly edition of documents.

ΑΡΧ 504 Epigraphy
The Byzantines left us texts inscribed on stone, metal and ivory or painted on wood and mortar. The objective of this seminar is to familiarise students with Byzantine epigraphic material, and to cultivate their skills in reading and dating Byzantine inscriptions based on their formal characteristics.

ΑΡΧ 505 Sigillography and Numismatics
This seminar examines Byzantine seals (sigillography) and coins (numismatics). Through their inscriptions and iconography, the surviving gold and lead seals are witnesses to the bureaucratic structure and functions of the imperial and ecclesiastical establishments, and provide invaluable information on the prosopography of the Byzantine Empire. The seminar also investigates the typology of Byzantine coins, the financial and other factors that governed their issue and circulation, and the role of coinage as a vehicle of the official imperial political and religious ideology.

APX 506 Survey of Research and Interpretative Approaches to Byzantine Archaeology
Beyond the materiality of archaeological remains and their positivist documentation, byzantine culture, very much like any other culture, encompasses symbolic meanings and ideas. Despite the fact that byzantine archaeology was located for long in the periphery of modern archaeological research, it has recently begun to acquire a new dimension in the international academic scene by applying methodological approaches and interpretative models "borrowed" by other fields of research, such as history, anthropology, sociology and psychology. The aim of this seminar is to (a) examine the interpretative approaches and advances of byzantine archaeology in the international sphere of archaeological research, and (b) to evaluate the methodological approaches that are currently followed for understanding the byzantine material remains through the exploration of specific case-studies.

APX 507 The Study of Ceramics in Byzantine Archaeology
Pottery comprises the most common find in an archaeological excavation. The study of byzantine and post-byzantine ceramics, however, had for long been overlooked and its precise chronology is being continually refined. The aim of this seminar is the examination of the typo-chronology of byzantine and post-byzantine common- and table-wares, as well as the evaluation of the information they provide for understanding byzantine society.

BNE 509 Editorial Problems of Ecclesiastical Poetry
In comparison to other Byzantine literary genres, ecclesiastical (liturgical) poetry was used more extensively and hence it was copied more frequently. Therefore, the determination of the archetype of a liturgical hymn is a difficult and sometimes unreachable goal. This seminar familiarises students with the process of the textual criticism of ecclesiastical hymns, and with the pertinent editorial techniques. Multiple problems are studied, such as the detection of the manuscript tradition of poetic texts, the determination of the stemmatic relation of their known manuscripts and, where possible, the establishment of the archetype. At the same time, the seminar examines the morphology of hymns, their metric structure and their relation to biblical and patristic texts in prose or in verse.

BNE 510 Michaelis Pselli Orationes Funebres
This seminar focuses on editorial issues relating to the nineteen preserved funeral orations of Michael Psellos (1018-1079). In a first stage, the palaeographical and codicological problems of the manuscripts preserving these works are examined, and the problems inherent in the available editions, but also the linguistic and literary characteristics of this highly artful funerary corpus, are discussed. In a second stage, the students are expected to prepare a full critical edition of one of the lengthier orations.

BNE 511 Patriarchal Documents of Constantinople
This seminar comprises the perusal (from the original), edition and interpretation of the only preserved part of the "hieron kodikion" (covering the period 1315-1402) in which the decisions of the Synodos endemousa of Constantinople were written down. Special emphasis is given to the social, historical and intellectual context of the documents.