|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||20 x 1 Hour Lectures|
|Seminar||5 x 1 Hour Seminars|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||1 x 2,500 word essay||30%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours 1 x 2 hour exam||70%|
|Supplementary Assessment||1 x 2,500 word essay||30%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours 1 x 2 hour exam||70%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate a strong understanding of relevant themes and approaches in the history and historiography of the early medieval Byzantine empire.
Demonstrate an understanding of both the internal features and external relations of the Byzantine empire and how these interacted.
Show the ability to use and reflect critically on a range of relevant primary sources and secondary works in written work and seminar contributions.
Show the ability to work independently.
1. The decline and fall of the East Roman empire and a modern historiography of Byzantium.
2. Islam rises and Byzantium survives, A.D. 641-718.
3. The Isaurian dynasty, iconoclasm and the empress Irene, A.D. 717-802.
4. Khan Krum, the second iconoclastic age and Michael III ‘the Drunkard’, A.D. 802-67.
5. The Rise of the Macedonian emperors, A.D. 867-913.
6. Emperor Constantine VII ‘the Purple-born’ and the soldier-emperors A.D. 913-76.
7. Byzantine renovatio: the conquests of Basil ‘the Bulgar Slayer’, A.D. 976-1025.
8. Emperors, empresses and imperial ideology.
9. Administering the empire.
10. The Byzantine army: fortifications, themes and Greek fire.
11. Settlement patterns and the economy.
12. Christianity (i) Church and State.
13. Christianity (ii) Byzantine monasticism.
14. Social life and cultural legacies.
15. The Byzantine commonwealth.
16. Byzantium and Islam.
17. Byzantium and the West.
1. Christian chronicles and iconoclasm.
2. The Macedonian dynasty through the eyes of Leo the Deacon and Michael Psellus.
3. The works of Constantine VII and Byzantine political ideology.
4. Orthodox Christianity: texts, art and archaeology.
5. Society and economy: texts, inscriptions, seals and coins.
To introduce students to topics which they may want to explore in more detail in future modules.
To provide students with a good understanding of Byzantine history from the 7th to 11th c.
To make students aware of the political and cultural relationship between the Byzantine empire and the rest of medieval Europe.
To develop students’ familiarity with the relevant primary evidence and historiographical debates.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||NA|
|Communication||Seminar discussions and essay writing will enable students to develop oral and written skills. Only essay writing will be assessed.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Through essay feedback sessions and discussion of ideas presented during seminars.|
|Information Technology||Through the retrieval of primary and secondary works from online resources and AberLearn Blackboard and through the writing, formatting and printing of essays.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||By developing source analysis and inter-disciplinary, oral and written skills, the course will prepare students for further postgraduate research and potential careers in academia or history-related fields.|
|Problem solving||By using primary and secondary works to reach conclusions regarding the relationships between political, social and economic developments in different parts of the Byzantine Empire and beyond its frontiers.|
|Research skills||Through acquiring the ability to identity and combine appropriate primary textual and material and visual evidence to back up arguments in written work.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Inter-disciplinary analysis of written, material and textual evidence.|
|Team work||Through seminar activities|
This module is at CQFW Level 4