Early Byzantine History

The unit Early Byzantine History builds on the platform of H7110 by examining the historical, cultural and theological factors of the Eastern Roman Empire, or Byzantium, generally from the age of Constantine the Great until the period of the ‘Triumph of Orthodoxy’ (or, from the 4th to 9th centuries), as well as the empire’s relations with its neighbours. It is an Elective unit and forms part of a Major in Church History within the Bachelor awards.

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline

Church History

Credit Points



H7110 History of the Early Church



Learning Outcomes

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

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 interpret primary historical documents of the Byzantine church;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