School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: W-S-028 Semester: 7th
Course Title: Family and inheritance in Lesvos (19th century): Between Christian and Ottoman justice
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 6
Course type: Specialized general knowledge Skills development
Prerequisite courses: Kinship, marriage and family in the Ottoman-Greek world in the 18th and 19th centuries
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: No
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    Learning outcomes: 

    The students are expected to:
    • Become familiarized with documents as well as with the problems of reading and understanding archival material in the form of manuscripts
    • Connect the sources with the framework of the organization of kinship in the area studied
    • Connect the course with the approaches and perspectives of the historiography of the family

    General Competences: 

    • Search for, analysis and synthesis of data and information, with the use of the necessary technology
    • Access to archival sources and evaluation

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The seminar focuses on the interfamilial conflicts which are related to the circulation of goods within kinship groups. It is based on a corpus of documents stored in the Archive of the Ecclesiastical Court of Mytilene and the Archive of the Mitropolis of Methymna ((, which include adjudicated cases of family dispute (1880-1912). At first, students are introduced into the aspects of circulation of family goods in Lesvos. Afterwards, they are familiarized with the reading of manuscripts. After a first period in which the access to sources – cases adjudicated before the ecclesiastical courts – is tested, the students examine issues that emerge in the archival material related to the local organization of kinship and the transmission of good. Finally, they investigate alternate uses of Christian and Ottoman judicial framework in kinship disputes.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology :
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Two weekly meetings with the group devoted to lectures 6
    Familiarization with the digitalized archival material and preparation for the approach of the material in the following weekly meetings 50
    Oral presentation of sources 70
    Written essay 30
    Course total: 156
    Student performance evaluation: The course evaluates:
    • Presence and participation in the weekly meetings (30%)
    • Oral presentation and analysis of the sources (40%)
    • Final written essay on the basis of the evaluation of sources and related bibliography (30%)


    Suggested bibliography:

    – Suggested bibliography:
    Ε. Σιφναίου, 2009, Έλληνες έμποροι στην Αζοφική
    Ε. Παπαταξιάρχης, «La valeut du ménage. Classes sociales, strategies matrimoniales et lois ecclesiastiques a Lesvos au XIXe siècle”, σ.100-142, στο St. Wolf (επιμ.), 1993, Espaces et Familles dans L’Europe du Sud a l’ age moderne
    M. Σταματογιαννοπούλου, «Μακράν κοίτης και τραπέζης. Οι συζυγικές συγκρούσεις στη Λέσβο του 1900», σ. 107-138, Μνήμων, 16(1994)
    Δ. Σταματόπουλος, 2017, Ιερός Αρμενόπουλος ή ιεροί κανόνες;