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090103 VO Byzantium’s Second Capital: History and Histories of Thessaloniki (2021S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 9 - Altertumswissenschaften


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Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 10.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 17.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 24.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 14.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 21.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 28.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 12.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 19.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 26.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 09.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 23.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 30.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Mobility and migration are constant features in the history of the Byzantine Empire. Individuals moved from the provinces to the capital in search of better work; religious and ethnic groups moved in and out of the empire, either of their own volition or under pressure; emperors pursued a policy of forced migration to foster their political interests.
It is only in recent years that these issues are attracting the attention of scholars.
This lecture will explore mobility and migration as a historical phenomenon, while at the same time offering an in-depth analysis of its literary representation in various types of the Byzantine written record.

Assessment and permitted materials

Schriftliche Prüfung (100%).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Grundkenntnisse des Kursinhalts.

Examination topics

Inhalt der Lehrveranstaltungen und empfohlene Lektüre.

Reading list

Empfohlene Lektüre
Angar, Mabi, Claudia Sode, Byzanz. Ein Schnellkurs (Köln, 2010)
Külzer, Andreas, Byzanz (Stuttgart, 2012)
Lilie, Ralph-Johannes, Byzanz. Das zweite Rom (Berlin, 2003)
Mazal, Otto, Handbuch der Byzantinistik (Graz, 1989)
Ostrogorsky, Georg, Byzantinische Geschichte, 324-1453 (Nachdruck München, 1996)
Schreiner, Peter, Byzanz (Oldenburg, 2011)
Weitere Lektüre wird im Laufe des Semesters bekannt gegeben.

Talbot, Alice-Mary (ed.), Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium, 3 Bde. (Oxford, 1991)
Daim, Falko (ed.), Byzanz. Historisch-kulturwissenschaftliches Handbuch, Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 11 (Stuttgart, 2016)

Auswahl an fachspezifischen Links
Information der Studienvertretung des Instituts für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik
mittelalterliche und byzantinische Geschichte, einschl. Quellentexten (Englisch)
De imperatoribus romanis: römische und byzantinische Kaiser, Stammbäume, Karten (Englisch)
Catholic Encyclopedia online, insbes. zur Kirchengeschichte (Englisch)
https://research.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/search.aspx?searchText=byzantine ?
ausgewählte byzantinische Objekte im British Museum, London
ausgewählte byzantinische Objekte im Metropolitan Museum, New York
Rekonstruktionen wichtiger byzantinischer Gebäude in Konstantinopel (Englisch)
Konstantinopel und andere Städte; Karten und Abbildungen von byz. Gebäuden
Modern language translations of Byzantine sources
Digitized Greek manuscripts
Stratis Papaioannou’s website on Byzantine Greek language, palaeography, book culture, text transmission and textual criticism
The Economic History of Byzantium, 3 Bde., free download
Byzantine Monastic Foundation Documents, free download
resources for Byzantine hagiography (some free downloads)
Irfan Shahid, Byzantium and the Arabs, free download

Association in the course directory

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