The course consists of three core course units, one elective unit and a dissertation.
Core course units:
You will take one of the compulsory Greek language course units depending on your level of Greek at entry:
- Beginners’ ancient Greek for research
- Intermediate ancient Greek for research
- Byzantine Greek II
Introduction to Byzantium Seminar
This is a two-hour topics seminar in the first seven weeks of the first semester, where a variety of experts provide an introduction to their own subject. In early June, the Seminar is reconvened, and students are expected to make their own presentations of their MA dissertation topics. There is no assessed work.
You will also take one of the following two core units:
Elementary Greek Palaeography
This is an introductory course in Greek Palaeography addressed to students with either little or no knowledge of Greek.
This is suitable for students with good knowledge of classical Greek and aims to introduce the study of the Greek book and script from the Hellenistic period to the fifteenth century AD.
This is a major piece of writing of 10,500-12,000 words on an approved subject, under the supervision of a member of the staff.
Elective course units:
You will take one of the following units:
- Identity and Power in the Middle Ages, AD 500-1300
- Greeks & Jews
- Living in Byzantium: Material culture and built environment (ca. AD 300-1500)
- The Reign of Constantine I
- Byzantium and the West, AD 800-1054
- Byzantium and the First Crusade (0.5 unit)
- Byzantium and the Fourth Crusade (0.5 unit)
- The Medieval Papacy
- Greek Papyrology
- Medieval Manuscripts and Documents
- Places of Learning in the Medieval West
On completion of the course graduates will have:
- a detailed knowledge and understanding of the methodologies of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, and their limitations
- an understanding of advanced, current research issues relevant to the discipline
- an awareness of the multiplicity of material available and the strengths and weaknesses of the various forms of historical information
- a general appreciation of the varied and interlinked methodologies for understanding antiquity and the medieval age
- the reading and understanding of ancient and medieval texts, both in print and in manuscript
- a grasp of literary criticism necessary for understanding and appreciating the style of ancient and medieval authors
- an awareness of the main forms of material available to those studying classical antiquity and the Byzantine world.