School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: WS-030 Semester: 6st
Course Title: Historiography of Byzantium
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 6
Course type: Specialised general knowledge Skills development
Prerequisite courses:
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: No
Course website (Url):


    Learning outcomes: 
    Students are expected not only to familiarize themselves with the broader conceptual framework within which the Byzantine studies were established as an academic field in the 19th century but also to be able to analyze some of the contemporary historiographical debates about Byzantium. Moreover through studying historical works and discussing them in the seminar they get familiar with the working methods of an historian. The students learn to analyze the context of the historical writing while they also develop their own writing skills.

    General Competences: 

    Search for, analysis and synthesis of data and information, with the use of the necessary technology.
    Working independently.
    Criticism and self-criticism.
    Production of free, creative and inductive thinking.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The seminar offers students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the historiography of Byzantium. The first section of the course is devoted to the establishment of “Byzantine studies” as an independent academic field during the second half of the 19th century mainly under the influence of Romanticism and the rising nationalistic movements. In the second section selected contemporary historiographical debates about Byzantium are analyzed. During the current academic year the following issues will be expored: i) Byzantine Identities, ii) The Byzantine society of the 11th – 12th centuries, iii) Byzantium and the Crusades.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Use of ICT in teaching and communication with students
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Seminars 39
    Study and analysis of bibliography 41
    Essay writing 70
    Course total: 150
    Student performance evaluation: Public presentation
    Essay / report
    Written work


    Suggested bibliography:
    – Suggested bibliography:
    Α.Harvey, Economic Growth in Byzantium 900-1200, Athens: MIET 1997 (translated in Greek).
    A.Kazhdan – A.W.Epstein, Changes in Byzantine Culture in the 11th and 12th centuries, Athens: MIET 1997 (translated in Greek).
    G.G.Iggers, Historiography in the Twentieth century, Athens: Nefeli 1999 (translated in Greek).
    T.Kioussopoulou, Emperor or Manager? Political Power and Ideology before the Fall, Athens: Polis 2007 (in Greek).
    H.G.Beck, The Byzantine Millennium, Athens: MIET 2009 (translated in Greek).

    Related academic journals:

    Βυζαντινά Σύμμεικτα
    Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies
    Byzantinische Zeitschrift
    Dumbarton Oaks Papers
    Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik
    Revue des Études Byzantines