HISTORY 230 - Humanities Topics in History
Winter 2021, Section 006 - The Byzantine Empire: Triumph and Twilight, 9th to 15th Centuries
Instruction Mode: Section 006 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Details

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

Description

Over the centuries the Byzantine empire has received its fair share of bad press. European visitors to the imperial court felt themselves treated with unmannerly arrogance, as if the emperor were semi-divine (the emperor would not have disagreed). For the Roman papacy, the Byzantine empire was reckoned a heretical spin-off of the true Church. For the 18th century English historian Edward Gibbon, no sooner was the Christian Roman empire launched than it entered upon its lamentable decline. But the “decline” lasted over a millennium, a longevity which left its predecessor, the pagan Roman empire, in the shadows. It was an empire of paradoxes. At its greatest extent, it would include or neighbor Slavs, Arabs, Turks, Bulgars, Latins, Pechnegs, Armenians, yet itself remain preeminently Greek. The emperor was the vice-regent of God, yet there were few qualms about blinding him or shortening his life. And perhaps most disconcerting to its enemies, when defeated, the empire simply relocated or, finally, moved on to a third Rome. Today, one of Byzantium’s living legacies is a mountain top in Greece, Mount Athos. In this course we will not resolve the paradoxes, but we will discover the dramas, the artistic achievements, the colorful personalities, and the regional diversity of this empire that straddled Europe and Asia and that held history at bay while continually adapting to historical events. The arrogance was not entirely misplaced.

Course Requirements:

Careful reading of primary and secondary sources, short papers based on assigned texts and on material covered in lecture, quizzes, and participation in discussion.

Intended Audience:

All students are welcome.

Class Format:

Careful reading of primary and secondary sources, short papers based on assigned texts and on material covered in lecture, quizzes, and participation in discussion.

Schedule

HISTORY 230 - Humanities Topics in History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 Online
30508
Open
2
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Remote with a blend of synchronous and asynchronous instruction.
002 (LEC)
 Online
30509
Open
14
 
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TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
Note: Remote with synchronous instruction.
003 (LEC)
 Online
27961
Open
5
 
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TBA
Note: Lecture is remote and asynchronous; sections (004 and 005) are remote and synchronous.
004 (DIS)
 Online
28285
Open
5
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
005 (DIS)
 Online
28286
Open
0
 
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
006 (LEC)
 Online
33295
Open
2
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Remote with synchronous instruction.
007 (LEC)
 Online
33296
Open
10
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
008 (DIS)
 Online
36246
Closed
0
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
010 (LEC)
 Online
30684
Open
6
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: This course will be remote with synchronous instruction. Students are expected to be available during scheduled class times.
011 (DIS)
 Online
30819
Open
2
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
012 (DIS)
 Online
30820
Open
2
 
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W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
013 (DIS)
 Online
30821
Open
2
 
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W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
020 (LEC)
 Online
33770
Open
18
 
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TBA
Note: Remote with asynchronous instruction.
021 (LEC)
 Online
33787
Open
12
 
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W 2:30PM - 4:00PM
TBA
022 (LEC)
 Online
37972
Open
11
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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