Byzantium: Resplendence and Twilight

Building upon Byzantium: Empire of New Rome, the unit Byzantium: Resplendence and Twilight examines the historical, cultural and theological factors of the Eastern Roman Empire, or Byzantium, generally from the 9th to the 15th centuries, as well as the empire’s relations with its neighbours. 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



H8132 Byzantium: Empire of New Rome



Learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyse the impact of various social, cultural and religious factors within both the Byzantine empire and its immediate cultural context from the 9th to the 15th centuries;
  2. assess the significance of the contribution of key people and events in the later Byzantine Church;
  3. interpret a range of primary historical documents of the later Byzantine church;
  4. utilise appropriate methods of historiography and historical research in the analysis of significant issues in the later Byzantine Church;
  5. apply the key contributions of leading figures and significant events in the later Byzantine period to the Church’s ongoing mission.
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