ΙΣΤ 570 Byzantine Cyprus
Using the example of Byzantine Cyprus, this seminar examines the various difficulties that the investigation and interpretation of the periphery, and the border areas of Byzantium present, since the centralisation tendencies of the capital clashed with local traditions and particularities, as well as with the spheres of influence of neighbouring political powers.
 
ΙΣΤ 571 Frankish Cyprus
This seminar studies topics in Cypriot history during Frankish and Venetian rule, 1191-1571, such as the conquest, feudalism, the civil wars of 1228-1233 and 1456-1460, the coup d'etats of 1306-1310 and 1369, the Genoese invasion, the war with the Mamlukes, the transfer of authority to the Venetians, language and nationality, law, administration, foreign relations, education, agriculture, slavery, and trade.
 
ΙΣΤ 572 The Ecclesiastical History of Cyprus
This seminar examines various topics of the Church history of Cyprus from the First Ecumenical Synod of Nicaea in 325 until the Turkish Conquest of 1571. These include the period of Epiphanios, the Autocephaly, Iconoclasm, and the subjugation of the Greek clergy to the Roman pope in the Frankish period.
 
ΑΡΧ 573 Relations between Centre and Periphery: Byzantine Art in Cyprus
Within the broader context of the dynamics between the centre and the periphery, various manifestations of artistic expression in Cyprus are discussed with the purpose of highlighting its distinguishing features. Special emphasis is given to tracing the mechanisms of transmission and assimilation of the general trends emanating from the major artistic centres of the Empire by the Cypriot artistic idiom.
 
APX 574 Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean: Byzantine Landscape Archaeology
This seminar examines the evolution of the built space and the long-term history of the rural landscape during the Byzantine period and the era of Latin/Frankish domination in the Eastern Mediterranean (4th-16th c.). Emphasis is given to the exploration of the diachronic relationship between geography and settlement, the relations between city and the rural countryside, the role of the 'village' (as an autonomous settlement and economic unit), and the interpretation of settlement patterns and location.
 
APX 575 Early Byzantine Cyprus: Art and Archaeology
The Early Byzantine period (4th-7th c.), also known as the period of Late Antiquity, was an era of growth and prosperity for Cyprus as attested by a wealth of archaeological remains. Through the examination of these remains, the students will have the opportunity to explore issues relating, among others, to life in Cypriot cities and the countryside, commerce and economy, artisanal production, such as pottery and metalwork, and, not least, the expansion of Christianity and its impact on various aspects of daily life and artistic production on the island.
 
BNE 575 Epiphanios of Salamis
This seminar focuses on Epiphanios of Judaea, founder and abbot of a monastery for thirty years and bishop of Salamis (Constantia) from 367. On the basis of his writings, we examine his theological opinions and his activities as bishop, as well as the ecclesiastical history of his period. He represents a combination of an uncompromising zealot, a devoted defender of Christian doctrine, an intolerant opponent of paganism and the veneration of idols, and a rigid adversary of the teachings of Origen.
 
ΙΣΤ 576 Byzantine Cyprus in the Dark Ages (600-965)
The first Arab raids in Cyprus (649, 653), together with the ensuing developments, created a particular regime on the island that is usually characterised as the "Byzantine-Arab Condominium". This period, which lasted approximately 300 years until the reconquest of Cyprus by Nicephoros II Phocas (965), gives us the opportunity to examine a section of the Byzantine-Arabic border region from two different vantage points, the Byzantine and the Arabic, in the light of wider political and social developments in the Eastern Mediterranean basin.
 
BNE 577 Cypriot Hagiographical Texts
We possess a relatively large number of hagiographical texts composed in Cyprus, many of which are devoted to Cypriot saints. In the context of this seminar, we discuss Cypriot hagiographical texts from a literary perspective, as well as the social conditions of their production.
 
BNE 578 Neophytos the Recluse
The goal of this seminar is a comprehensive examination of the personality and the œuvre of Neophytos the Recluse in the historical, political, and social environment of Byzantine Cyprus from the mid-12th century until the beginning of the 13th. Special emphasis is placed on education in the periphery, manuscripts, libraries, monastic life and art, and the spiritual and literary contribution of Neophytos.
 
ΙΣΤ 579 Greeks and the Byzantine Tradition in Frankish Cyprus
While the establishment of the Frankish Kingdom of Cyprus certainly did put an end to the political sovereignty of Byzantium, it did not sever the spiritual and cultural bonds of the Greek-speaking population with the Byzantine world. This seminar investigates the institutions, mentalities, and traditions of the Byzantine past that, beneath the surface of the feudal system, continued to exist, and to influence the historical development of the island.
 
ΙΣΤ 580 The Ecclesiastical History of Cyprus 1191-1374
This seminar concentrates on the analysis of the Church history of the island from the Frankish conquest until the Genoese invasion, the consequences of the conquest for the Greek clergy, the establishment, and the internal history of the Latin ecclesiastical hierarchy, monasticism, the relations between the Latin and Greek clergies, and noteworthy events, such as the martyrdom of the thirteen monks of Kantara.
 
ΙΣΤ 581 Historiography of Cyprus
This seminar examines the most significant chronicles relating to the Frankish period in Cyprus and focuses on the first two phases of Cypriot historiography: from 1425 to 1571 (Makhairas, Amadi, Florio Boustron, George Boustronios), and from 1571 to 1788 (Etienne Lusignan, Loredano, Archimandrite Kyprianos). The aim of the seminar is to establish the genealogical "stemma" of the chronicles, as well as the methodology and originality of each chronicler.
 
BNE 582 Cypriot Scholars of the 13th and 14th Centuries
This seminar investigates the œuvre of Cypriot men of letters, such as George of Cyprus and George Lapithes in the broader literary and cultural context of their times. Importance is placed on the question if and how the relationship between the cultural centre and the periphery is reflected in the works of specific authors.

ΙΣΤ 583 Women in Latin-Ruled Cyprus (13th-16th Centuries)
The seminar intends to give a general survey of the role of women in Cypriot society during the Frankish and Venetian domination, thus allowing the emergence of their social contribution from the anonymity of both the sources and modern literature. The investigation of the position of medieval Cypriot women will take into consideration their biological identity and the ensuing religious and social prejudices, the politico-historical context, the institutional and legal (customary, secular, and ecclesiastical) framework, and their contribution to the political life and the economic production (in rural and urban areas). From the scattered information provided by the sources, the illustration of the full range of these women's social presence will be attempted: family life and relations between the sexes, power and politics, economy and monasticism, artistic production and entertainment.
 
APX 584 Art in Medieval Cyprus during the Period of Latin Rule
This seminar explores both the products and the conditions for artistic creativity on Cyprus during the period of Latin rule. Within this framework the students will have the opportunity to study representative works mainly of secular and ecclesiastical painting and architecture within their historical, religious, social, and cultural context. Particular emphasis will be given to the exploration of the dynamic interaction between the deeply rooted Byzantine artistic tradition of Cyprus and imported artistic traditions from the West and the Crusader Levant.