Later Byzantine History

This unit examines the historical, cultural and theological factors of the Eastern Roman Empire, or Byzantium, generally from the 9th to 15th centuries, as well as the empire’s relations with its neighbours. It studies the historical method, themes, concepts and sources of the period; the Schism between East and West; the Crusades and attempts at re-union; Christianity as inspiration for the blossoming of culture: art, architecture, music, and literature; natural phenomena and the decline of Byzantium, including their effect on the Byzantine mentality; relations of Byzantium with its neighbours: cultural exchange and antagonism; biographical studies of major personalities: emperors, intellectuals, saints, women; and the fall of Constantinople and the legacy of Byzantium

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline

Church History

Credit Points



H7230 Early Byzantine History

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. distinguish the various social, cultural and religious factors both within the Byzantine empire and its immediate cultural context from the 9th to 15th
  2. demonstrate an understanding of historical and historiographical trends relating to this period.
  3. illustrate the capacity to critically interpret primary sources from this period.
  4. exhibit the capacity to critically interpret the secondary sources relating to this period.
  5. apply the key contributions of leading figures and significant events in this period to the Church’s present mission.
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