History | Byzantine History
C300 | 16897 | Deliyannis
A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates
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 book-
length primary source readings, which will be critically examined as
sources for specific aspects of Byzantine culture and society.
Grading will be based on a midterm exam, papers (4-5 pages each) on
the primary source readings, and a final exam.