Byzantine Constantinople

Course summary

  • Sat 08 Jul 2017 to Sat 15 Jul 2017
  • Held at Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford
  • From £765.00
  • 10 CATS points
  • Course code O16I101CAR
  • oussa@conted.ox.ac.uk
  • +44 (0) 1865 270396
  • Applications being accepted
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Byzantine Constantinople



Overview

Constantinople was the political and cultural capital of the Byzantine empire, the most long-lived empire in the history of the western civilisation, from 330 to 1453, and also the seat of one of the five patriarchates and the site of two ecumenical councils. This course will trace the development of the city, as well as momentous events that took place in it, from the time of Constantine I to its fall to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. Using contemporary texts and visual aids, the course will also examine the cultural, artistic and everyday life in the Byzantine capital from the fourth to the fifteenth century.

Programme details

Session One:
Introduction To The Topic - Course Requirements

Session Two:
Topography - Walls

Session Three:
Water Supply; Public Buildings In Constantinople

Session Four:
Everyday Life In Constantinople

Session Five:
Palaces And Monasteries In Constantinople

Session Six:
Palaces And Monasteries In Constantinople

Session Seven:
Churches In Constantinople

Session Eight:
Churches In Constantinople

Session Nine:
Cultural Activity In Constantinople

Session Ten:
Constantinople Seen Through The Eyes Of Contemporaries

Session Eleven:
Sieges Of Constantinople; The Latin Conquest Of The City In 1204

Session Twelve:
The Fall Of The City In 1453

 

Recommended reading

Mango, C (ed.).  2002.  The Oxford History of Byzantium.  Oxford University Press.

Harris, J.  2011.  Constantinople, Capital of Byzantium.  Continuum.

Runciman, S.  1990.  The Fall of Constantinople.  Canto.

Crowley, R.  2005.  Constantinople: The Last Great Siege, 1453.  Hachette Books.

Herrin, J.  2007.  Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire.  Allen Lane.

Note from Tutor: The above books are for background reading only - it is not necessary to bring them to class.

Fees

Programme Fee (No Accommodation - inc. Tuition, Lunch & Dinner): £765.00
Programme Fee (Standard Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1335.00
Programme Fee (Standard Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1120.00
Programme Fee (Superior Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1435.00
Programme Fee (Superior Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1210.00

Tutors

Dr Aphrodite Papayianni

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

Course aims

The course aims to enable students to develop a clear sense of the political, cultural and artistic importance of Byzantine Constantinople.

Course Objectives

This course will enable students to:

  • to gain an overview of events and developments in Byzantine Constantinople.
  • to get an overview of the cultural life in the Byzantine capital.
  • to acquire an enquiring and analytical approach to various aspects of the history of Constantinople.

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.

Teaching outcomes

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

  • themes and issues within the study of the history of Byzantine Constantinople
  • debates within the study of the history of Byzantine Constantinople
  • critical vocabularies which are used in the study of Byzantine History

And students will be expected to have gained and/or developed the following skills:

  • to have been able to think critically about what they have read
  • to have been able to think independently about what they have read
  • to have been able to approach analytically various aspects of the history of Constantinople

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.

Application

To enrol online, click 'Book Now', above.  To enrol by post, please see details of the application process.