Constantinople was the political and cultural capital of the Byzantine Empire for over a thousand years, but there were other wealthy cities and towns as well, alongside monastic communities, which produced exquisite cultural and artistic products and artefacts. Using texts and visual material from the period, this short course traces the development of Constantinople and other Byzantine towns and centres - including Thessalonica, Meteora, Mt Athos, Mystras, the Holy Land and Mt Sinai, Ravenna, Venice and Sicily - and examines culture, art and everyday life in those centres from the fourth to the 15th centuries CE.
By the end of this short course, you will be able to: evaluate aspects of the cultural life of the Byzantine Empire and identify some of the main characteristics of Byzantine art; display knowledge and understanding of some themes and issues relating to Byzantine culture and art; identify, interpret and evaluate a range of primary source material; and think critically and independently about what you have learnt.
This short course is open to anyone with an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. However, all modules are taught at university level, so you should be able to read, write and speak English fluently.
15 credits at level 4
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.
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You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.
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