History | Byzantine History
C300 | 2837 | Deliyannis


Above section open to undergraduates only

Although the Roman empire “fell” in western Europe, the eastern half
of the Roman empire survived for over a thousand years, and is known
to us as the Byzantine empire.  Until the thirteenth century, it
remained one of the most powerful and splendid societies in the
world, far overshadowing the emerging countries of western Europe.
This course is designed as an introduction to Byzantine history and
civilization, A.D. 330-1453.  In it we will explore the survival of
the eastern empire, how it developed a distinctive Christian culture
and ideology, how it interacted with, and impacted, its neighbors,
and how it responded to economic, political, and military
challenges.  In addition to textbooks, there will be four or five
book-length primary source readings, which will introduce us to the
ways that the Byzantines thought about their own culture and
society.  Grading will be based on attendance and participation,
short papers (2-3 pages each) on the primary source readings, and a
final exam.