Byzantine Studies

The unit Byzantine Studies builds on the platform of H8110 by means of a critical examination of the imperial, ecclesial, and cultural factors of the Eastern Roman Empire, or Byzantium, generally from the age of Constantine the Great until the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, as well as the empire’s relations with its neighbouring cultures. 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



H8110 Early Church History



Learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyse the complexity of the various social, cultural, literary, and religious factors in the history of Byzantium;
  2. evaluate the impact of the contribution of key people and events in the Byzantine Church;
  3. review critically the literary representation of imperial and ecclesial figures and events within the history of Byzantium;
  4. reconstruct and assess the symbolic mentality of the Byzantines;
  5. apply the findings of a study of primary sources and secondary studies on Byzantium to the Orthodox Church’s current experience and mission.
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