Byzantine Centres of Magnificence

Course details

From £820.00
10 CATS points

Sat 13 Jul 2019 - Sat 20 Jul 2019

Byzantine Centres of Magnificence


Apart from Constantinople, the political and cultural capital of the Byzantine empire for over a thousand years, there were other wealthy cities and towns as well as monastic communities in the empire which produced exquisite cultural and artistic products. Using contemporary texts and visual aids, the course will trace the development of Constantinople and certain other Byzantine centres and examine the cultural, artistic and everyday life in those centres from the fourth to the fifteenth century.

Programme details

Session 1

Introduction to the topic

Session 2


Session 3


Session 4


Session 5


Session 6


Session 7

Mystras and mainland Greece

Session 8


Session 9


Session 10

Mount Athos

Session 11

Holy Land and Mount Sinai

Session 12

Italy (Ravenna, Venice, Sicily)

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Programme Fee (No Accommodation - inc. Tuition, Lunch & Dinner): £820.00
Programme Fee (Standard Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1430.00
Programme Fee (Standard Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1200.00
Programme Fee (Superior Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1540.00
Programme Fee (Superior Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1295.00


Dr Aphrodite Papayianni


Aphrodite Papayianni teaches at the University of London and OUDCE. She has a particular interest in the Byzantine-Western relations and has published articles in various topics of Byzantine History.

Course aims

This course aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the cultural and artistic life in certain Byzantine centres from the fourth to the fifteenth century.

Teaching methods

All summer school courses are taught through group seminars and individual tutorials. Students also conduct private study when not in class and there is a well stocked library at OUDCE to support individual research needs.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be expected to:

  • be able to evaluate aspects of the cultural life of the Byzantine empire and identify some of the main characteristics of the Byzantine art
  • to have gained knowledge and understanding of the themes and issues concerning certain aspects of the cultural and artistic life in Byzantium
  • be able to identify, interpret and evaluate a range of primary source materials

Assessment methods

Students are assessed during the summer school by either a 1500 word written assignment or a presentation supported by individual documentation. To successfully gain credit (10 CATS points) students should attend all classes and complete the on-course assignment. There is also a pre-course assignment of 1000 words set. Although this does not count towards credit, it is seen as an important way of developing a student's ideas and therefore its completion is mandatory.


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