640133 Cultural Contacts: Cultural Contacts in Byzantium

summer semester 2014 | Last update: 13.03.2014 Place course on memo list
Cultural Contacts: Cultural Contacts in Byzantium
VU 2

Acquirement of basic knowledge about cultural contacts in Asia Minor and the Near East in Medieval Times (4th-15th century)

The Byzantine Empire, successor and heir of the multicultural Roman Empire, was in permanent exchange with its neighbours: beginning with the Iranian Sasanides, followed by the Arabs starting from the mid 7th century, and finally with the Seljuk and Osman Empires in the East, and the forming European states. Constantinople can be regarded as one of the most outstanding cultural metropoles.

The lecture gives an overview of the multifaceted cultural contacts of Constantinople with its neighbours.

The basic knowledge is deepened by discussions on specific topics resulting from the presentations prepared by the students.


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Byzantium. Faith and Power (1261-1557). Perspectives on Late Byzantine art and culture. Exhibiton held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from march 23 to July 5, 2004. New York 2004.

Byzanz. Pracht und Alltag. Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, 26.2.-13.6.2010. Mainz 2010.

F. Daim – J. Drauschke (Hrsg.): Byzanz. Das Römerreich im Mittelalter. 3 Bde. Mainz 2010.

Das Goldene Byzanz und der Orient. Ausstellungskatalog Schallaburg 2012.

The glory of Byzantium. Art and culture of the Middle Byzantine era, A.D. 843-1261. Exhibiton catalogue Metropolitan museum New York, march 11 – July 6, 1997. New York 1997.

C. Stiegemann (Hrsg.): Byzanz. Das Licht aus dem Osten. Kult und Alltag im Byzantinischen reich. Ausstellungskatalog Paderborn 2001/2002. Mainz 2001.

L. Wamser (Hrsg.): Die Welt von Byzanz – Europas östliches Erbe. Glanz, Kriesen und Fortleben einer tasendjährigen Kultur. Ausstellungskatalog München 2004-2005. München 2004.

complementary attendance of the course 640132 is recommended