HISTORY 230 - Humanities Topics in History
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Byzantine Empire, 4th to 9th Centuries
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
See additional student enrollment and course instructor information to guide you in your decision making.

Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Cost:
50-100
Repeatability:
May be elected five times for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

What has come to be called the “Byzantine” empire was, for its emperors and the peoples within its frontiers, the Roman empire in its second life. If old Rome was an empire centered round the Mediterranean, the new Rome of Constantinople was the lynchpin between the divine and the human. With Christianity now the imperial faith, the emperor was God’s vice-regent on earth. This was a universality that the first Roman emperor, Augustus, never dreamed of. And yet … and yet the Byzantine empire arose from the fracturing of old Rome between East and West; this unifying imperial faith proved to be a major thorn in the side of religious and imperial unity, with one emperor even attempting a return to a philosophical polytheism; where the empire in the sixth century came nearest to recovering a command of both the eastern and western Mediterranean, its frontiers began to give way; and from the seventh century, to be God’s vice-regent on earth meant sharing porous boundaries with another universalist faith, Islam.

The Byzantine empire survived down to 1453, with the fall of Constantinople to the Turks. This course will be focused on the first half of that imperial history, from the conversion of Constantine at the beginning of the fourth century to the end of the Amorian dynasty in 867. During these centuries, the Byzantine empire produced codifications of law that are major landmarks in legal history for both Latin West and Greek East. It also was plunged into and came out the other side of the polemical divide between iconoclasts and iconodules. Unity and division, continuity and reform, ambition and saintliness co-exist. We will be trying to understand how these seeming contraries allowed for an empire and its peoples to see themselves as the bejeweled center of the world.

Course Requirements:

Reading and discussion of readings and material covered in lecture, short critical essays, quizzes, and a final project and paper

Intended Audience:

All students are welcome

Class Format:

Lecture and discussion

Schedule

HISTORY 230 - Humanities Topics in History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
30859
Closed
0
 
-
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
31120
Closed
0
 
5
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (LEC)
 In Person
33367
Closed
0
 
2
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM

Textbooks/Other Materials

The partner U-M / Barnes & Noble Education textbook website is the official way for U-M students to view their upcoming textbook or course material needs, whether they choose to buy from Barnes & Noble Education or not. Students also can view a customized list of their specific textbook needs by clicking a "View/Buy Textbooks" link in their course schedule in Wolverine Access.

Click the button below to view and buy textbooks for HISTORY 230.001

View/Buy Textbooks

Syllabi

Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for HISTORY 230 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi

CourseProfile (Atlas)

The Atlas system, developed by the Center for Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (Atlas)