School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: W/S 054 Semester: 5st
Course Title: Travel and Travelers in the Ottoman Realm
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 6
Course type: specialized general knowledge, skills development
Prerequisite courses: History of the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1839
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: yes, after consultation with the professor
Course website (Url):


    Learning outcomes: 
    The seminar has three objectives: a) to introduce students to the questions and methods of social history, using travel as a subject of research, b) to acquaint students with a very important source of information about the Ottoman lands, the accounts of travelers, and to help them develop a critical attitude towards the use of sources, and (c) to train students in bibliographic research and essay writing.

    General Competences: 
    Knowledge, understanding and critical review of the ways in which
    • early modern people organized their everyday lives and of the meanings they attributed to their actions
    • cultural similarity and difference were perceived, and of the perceptions, stereotypes and attitudes towards them.
    Training in the
    • conduct of a small-scale research project based on bibliographic research
    • use of ICT for the recording, processing and presentation of research material and conclusions.
    Production of free, creative and inductive thinking.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    Travel literature
    1. Types and history of the genre
    2. Accounts and illustrations concerning the Ottoman Empire
    3. Stereotypes, prejudices and representations
    Traveling and touring in the Ottoman lands
    4. Practical aspects of traveling
    5. Types of travelers
    6. European travelers
    Images of the Other
    7. The missionary gaze: reports of Catholic missionaries
    8. The scientific gaze: Joseph Pitton de Tournefort
    9. The female gaze: Lady Mary Montague
    10. The critical gaze: Jakob Ludwig Bartholdy


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : use of multimedia in teaching, course support through e-class, electronic communication with students
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    seminars 36
    preparation/exercises 12
    study and analysis of bibliography 65
    educational visit 3
    essay writing 30
    oral presentation 4
    Course total: 150
    Student performance evaluation: evaluation in Greek, taking into account the following:
    a) preparation of exercises (40%)
    b) oral presentation in class (30%)
    b) written essay (30%)


    Suggested bibliography:
    1. Αυγουστίνου, Όλγα, Ιδανικά ταξίδια : η Ελλάδα στη γαλλική ταξιδιωτική λογοτεχνία 1550-1821, Αθήνα, ΜΙΕΤ, 2003.
    2. Βιγγοπούλου, Ιόλη (επιμ.), Το ταξίδι : από τους αρχαίους έως τους νεότερους χρόνους, Αθήνα, ΕΙΕ, 2003.
    3. Δρούλια, Λουκία κ.ά. (επιμ.), Περιηγητικά Θέματα: Υποδομή και προσεγγίσεις, Αθήνα, ΕΙΕ, 1993.
    4. Χατζηπαναγιώτη-Sangmeister, Ίλια (επιμ.), Ταξίδι, γραφή, αναπαράσταση : μελέτες για την ταξιδιωτική γραμματεία του 18ου αιώνα, Ηράκλειο, Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης, 2015.