Course Code: TP112 • Study year: I • Academic Year: 2024-2025
Domain: Theology • Field of study: Pastoral Orthodox Theology
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 3

Course aims:

- identifying the relation of the History of Byzantium with other theological disciplines and its complementarity with the other disciplines of the historical Theology;
- general study of the major milestones in the History of Byzantium;
- analyzing the principles and methods of the discipline.

Course Entry Requirements:

The Medieval History of the World.

Course contents:

  1. The Isaurian Emperors and the iconoclastic crisis. The first phase of iconoclasm.
  2. The Isaurian Emperors and the iconoclastic crisis. The second phase of iconoclasm.
  3. The Macedonian Dynasty - a new period of progress in the history of Byzantium.
  4. The decline of the XI-th century. The Great Schism (1054).
  5. The Byzantine Empire during the Comnenes (1081-1204).
  6. Byzantium and the first Crusades.
  7. Byzantium at the end of the XII-th century and the beginning of the XIII-th century.
  8. The Latin Empire from Constantinople and the Greek states successors of the Byzantine Empire.
  9. Byzantium in the second half of the XIII-th century and the first half of the XIV-th century.
  10. The appearance of the Ottoman Turks. The Byzantine civil wars.
  11. Byzantium and the Balkan states confronted with the Ottoman offensive.
  12. The anti-Ottoman crusades and their failure. Attempts to religious union with Rome.
  13. The fall of Constantinopleand its consequences.
  14. Final discussions. Course evaluation.

Teaching methods:

lecture, conversation, exemplification.

Learning outcomes:

- knowledge and appropriate use of specific notions Byzantine history;

- understanding and interpretation of the essential phenomena that customizes the Byzantine Empire among his contemporary political creations;

- the interpretation of the Byzantium phenomenon as a source of understanding of our national history.  

Learning outcomes verification and assessment criteria:

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

Recommended reading:

OSTROGORSKY Georges, Histoire de l’Etat Byzantin, -, Paris, 1969, -.
RUNCIMAN, Steven, Căderea Constantinopolului, -, Bucureşti, 1991, -.
VASILEV, A.A, Istoria Imperiului Bizantin, -, Iasi, 2010, ---.