Outposts of Byzantium

Course Dates: 04/05/22 - 20/07/22
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street
This fascinating course explores both the distinctive and common elements of Byzantine culture at the most evocative of its outposts beyond Constantinople, including Ravenna, Mistra, Monemvasia and others.
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Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £105.00

Course Code: HEH51

Wed, day, 04 May - 20 Jul '22

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Each week a vital centre of Byzantine civilisation is introduced with slides and discussion of primary sources relating to it. Each foundation contributed or preserved important elements of Byzantine culture: these are identified, reviewed, and debated.

What will we cover?

1. What is so special about Sinai?
2. Why was Ravenna chosen as the seat of Byzantine rule in Italy?
3. How important are the mosaics of Ravenna?
4. To what extent was Trebizond an ideal empire?
5. How distinctive are the Byzantine monuments of Trebizond?
6. Assess the importance of Meteora in Byzantine religious life.
7. How far is it possible to reconstruct Byzantine Mistra?
8. What part did Mistra play in late Byzantine history?
9. What made Monemvasia so attractive?
10. To what extent does the spirit of Byzantium still pervade Athos?
11. How much of Byzantium has survived in the Mani?
12. How did the Byzantines in Sicily deal with the Arabs and other Invaders?

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Identify and discuss distinctive and common elements of Byzantine culture.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No. The course is open to all with an interest in history.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Illustrated lecture and discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No. Writing materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other courses in European history. Please see the City Lit website.

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