The course aims at providing a basic framework on the history and culture of the "Byzantine millennium". Attending lessons is recommended: students may be invited to prepare papers on topics agreed with the teacher. At the end of the course, students will have acquired basic knowledge on Byzantine civilization that will enable them to correctly interpret texts, monuments, artistic works and events concerning the Byzantine world.
In the classroom, after some lessons devoted to an exposition of the historical periodization of the Byzantine millennium, aspects relating to state organization, religion, literature, art, culture and popular beliefs will be addressed. Students are expected to study on their own two essays on historical and cultural background indicated in the bibliography.
G. Ravegnani, Introduzione alla storia bizantina, Bologna, Il mulino 2006.
C. Mango, La civiltà bizantina, Roma-Bari, Laterza 2009.
Other works will be indicated by the teacher in class.
Conventional lessons with audiovisual aids and with constant recourse to the resources available on the web (TLG, Dumbarton Oaks Hagiography Database ...).
Learning assessment methods
The final exam will take the form of an interview. During the final exam, students are expected to be able to demonstrate that they have assimilated and are able to present in a convincing way the topics dealt with, and that they have carefully studied the essays indicated in the bibliography.
Non-attending and working students are requested to study two additional essays (please contact the teacher in order to select them).