Byzantium and the Transformation of the Roman World

Classics and Ancient History, Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity

College of Arts and Law


Code 16935

Level of study First Year

Credit value 10

Semester Every year 1

Pre-requisite modules None

Other pre-requisites None

Module description

You will study the history of the East Mediterranean from ca 300 to ca 850, tracing the transformation of the Roman world after the advent of Christianity through the emergence of the (Christian) Byzantine Empire, the rise of Islam, and Byzantine iconoclasm. We focus on the lands, peoples, cultures (including material and visual cultures), beliefs and socio-political history of the Late Antique, Byzantine and, to a lesser extent, Islamic worlds. Critical reading of the secondary literature is encouraged in class discussion.

Teaching and learning methods

Lecture and discussion groups