Level of study Third/Final year
Credit value 10
Semester Scheduled 2012-13, 2
Pre-requisite modules None
Other pre-requisites none
You will be introduced to the pictorial and architectural media of Byzantium which, along with written documents, are the primary contemporary records of the East Roman Empire between ca 300 and ca 1450. Different interpretative strategies apply, however, and we focus on what the visual can tell us about Byzantine responses to the world. We also examine the ways that images interact with people, which is often different from what the usual documents used by historians might lead us to believe; and we consider the significance of art and architecture for modern understandings of Byzantium. In the Spring term, we concentrate on material produced between ca 850 and ca 1450, and assess the artistic legacy of Byzantium in Renaissance Italy and Russia.