The Glory of Byzantium: Diplomacy, Art and Society, 4th-15th c

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For over eleven centuries, the Byzantine Empire played a predominant role in the political and cultural development of southeastern Europe and Asia Minor. This short course uses visual and documentary sources, as well as archaeological findings, to examine the artistic, cultural and social life of Byzantium, including the characteristics and significance of its art, its cultural activities and their importance, and the key elements of its social structure. We will investigate the various diplomatic methods used in Byzantium to achieve its aims and we will evaluate their results, as well as their echo in the modern world.

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. You will also gain knowledge and understanding of the key themes and issues surrounding Byzantine diplomacy and you will be able to identify, interpret and evaluate a range of primary visual and written source material. You will also be able to evaluate the contribution of the Byzantine Empire to European and world civilisation. 

This short course is open to anyone with an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. Classes are taught at university level, so you should be able to read, write and speak English fluently. 


15 credits at level 4

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First class: Tue 24-Apr-18 6pm-8pm

Class location Central London
Class code SSHC443H4AAA

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