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The course offers an overview of some crucial aspects in the Byzantine world (330-1453 AD), as regards history, literature and art. Students start by choosing one aspect from these three available starting-points and progress to an in-depth study by following significant links between their initial choice and the other two perspectives. For example, a possible trajectory could start from the history of the Hagia Sophia church (today Haya Sophia grand mosque, Istanbul) and progress to its mosaics and their interpretations, and end in their literary descriptions. This is why every BA student can take the course, even with no prerequisites in ancient Greek.
The educational objectives aim at the acquisition of the following knowledges, skills and abilities: - to explain the main turning points in Byzantine history - to discuss relevant Byzantine texts in English translation - to classify the main Byzantine literary genres - to describe the role of artistic production in the frame of Byzantine culture.
For the aims, see the previous item.
Learning outcomes (detail)
It is expected that, at the end of teaching attendance and the study of the related program, students will be able:
to debate the relevant texts (in English translation), as regards both their literal and figurative meanings, appraising Byzantine polysemy.
Depending on the guidelines of the University of Genoa, classes will be in person and lessons will be broadcasted via streaming as well. Please use the code 71jwl4r to access the Microsoft Teams channel, namely "Byzantine Studies 2022".
Classes will be complemented with Power Point/pdf presentations, various interactive platforms and a laboratory about the selected texts.
Attending the lessons is strongly recommended.
It is requested to subscribe on Aulaweb <www.aulaweb.unige.it> as well, in order to get information, didactic material, notices, bibliography and so on.
Beautiful & Dangerous: History, Literature and Art in Byzantium.
Sections: (1) history (2) literature (3) visual arts.
Students may ask for a tailor-made bibliography, depending on their career path/field of study.
E. Jeffreys, J. Haldon, R. Cormack (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies, Oxford 2008 (selected pages).
J. Shepard (ed.), The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire c. 500-1492, Cambridge 2008 (selected pages).
P. Magdalino, Basileia: the Idea of Monarchy in Byzantium, 600-1200, in A. Kaldellis-N. Siniossoglou (eds.), The Cambridge Intellectual History of Byzantium, Cambridge 2017, pp. 575-598.
A.P. Každan, Chr. Angelidi, L.Fr. Sherry, A History of Byzantine Literature (650-850), Athens 1999 (selected pages).
A.Kaldellis, Procopius of Caesarea. Tyranny, History, and Philosophy at the End of Antiquity, Philadelphia 2004 (selected pages).
Av. Cameron, Procopius and the Sixth Century, London 1985 (selected pages).
(3) Byzantine Art and Architecture
L. Brubaker & J. Haldon, Byzantium in the Iconoclast Era c. 680-850: A History, Cambridge, University Press, 2011 (selected pages).
N. Necipoğlu (ed.), Byzantine Constantinople: Monuments, Topography and Every Day Life, Leiden, Boston, Cologne 2001 (selected pages).
PIA CAROLLA (President)
CLARA FOSSATI (President Substitute)
LIA RAFFAELLA CRESCI (Substitute)
AGNESE FONTANA (Substitute)
ARIANNA MAGNOLO (Substitute)
LUCA VILLANI (Substitute)
14th February 2022
In order to assess their knowledge of Byzantine history, literature and visual arts/architecture, students will be asked
Minimum 'pass' requirements for the oral exam are: (i) being able to contextualise the main turning points in Byzantine history, (ii) being able to understand the most important texts/artifacts and (iii) to comment on the texts/artifacts by outlining their major features (for the texts: genre, rhetoric; for the artifacts: age, background).
'Excellence' requirements are: (i) being able to confidently connect most of the relevant events with the timeline, (ii) ability to understand and to accurately comment on texts/artifacts by making connections with Byzantine literary/artistic context (for the texts: genre, rhetoric, classical sources; for the artifacts: age, background, meanings); (iii) being able to detect textual polysemy and to debate Byzantine ideas of culture.
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Please contact the professor for any further information in English.