Byzantine Art and Architecture

The unit Byzantine Art and Architecture explores the historical and cultural development of Christian art and architecture both within the Byzantine context and beyond it, highlighting the relevance of iconography and church buildings for the Byzantines and for the contemporary ecclesial experience. It is an Elective unit and forms part of a Specialisation in Church History within the postgraduate awards.

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline

Church History

Credit Points



H9232 Byzantine Studies



Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. review the emergence and development of a distinctly Christian form of art and architecture in the Byzantine and post-Byzantine contexts
  2. analyse the impact of socio-political and cultural contexts of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and architecture in its various manifestations
  3. critically apply the findings of a study of primary and secondary sources to Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and architecture
  4. evaluate the key theological themes and symbolic motifs in Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and architecture
  5. appraise contemporary expressions of Byzantine art and architecture in terms of their relation to the historical tradition of Byzantine art forms.
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