Course Code: MED 104 • Study year: I • Academic Year: 2024-2025
Domain: Theology - Masters • Field of study: Intercultural and interreligious mediation
Type of course: Compulsory
Language of instruction: Romanian
Erasmus Language of instruction: English
Name of lecturer: Marius - Liviu Telea
Seminar tutor: Marius - Liviu Telea
Form of education Full-time
Form of instruction: Class
Number of teaching hours per semester: 28
Number of teaching hours per week: 2
Semester: Summer
Form of receiving a credit for a course: Grade
Number of ECTS credits allocated 7

Course aims:

being familiar with the significant contribution of the Church to the development of the social and charitable side of the Byzantine life
acquiring a minimum set of knowledge and basic notions about the history of the Church-State relations in Byzantium

Course Entry Requirements:

The Spirituality of Byzantium

Course contents:

  1. Church and State during the persecutions.
  2. Constantine the Great and the increasing role and importance of the Church.
  3. Theodosius the Great - Christianity becomes the State religion.
  4. The Byzantine symphony.
  5. Disturbance actions of the Byzantine symphony –the Monophysitism.
  6. Disturbance actions of the Byzantine symphony – the Iconoclasm.
  7. Disturbance actions of the Byzantine symphony – the Monothelism.
  8. The role of monks in establishing the Church-State relations in Byzantium
  9. The Papacy and Byzantium.
  10. Controversies between Constantinopolitan patriarchs and Byzantine emperors.
  11. The emperors involvement in religious controversies.
  12. The Church - a institution of the State in Byzantium.
  13. The Church - the State successor after the Ottoman conquest.
  14. Discussions and debates. The course evaluation.

Teaching methods:

lecture, conversation, exemplification.

Learning outcomes:

The lecture tries to analyze the specific problems of the Church-State relationship during the Byzantine history.


Learning outcomes verification and assessment criteria:

Written paper - 70%; continuous assessment - 30%.

Recommended reading:

Tătaru-CAZABAN, Teologie şi politică. De la Sfinţii Părinţi la Europa unită, Anastasia, Bucuresti, 1994, 105-109.
PREDA, Radu, Biseria în Stat. O invitaţie la dezbatere, Editura Scripta, Bucuresti, 1999, ---.
SNAGOV, Relaţiile Stat-Biserică, Editura Gnosis, Bucureşti, 1996, ---.