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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is: to furnish a basic knowledge of history and institutions of the Eastern-Roman, or Byzantine, Empire (IV-XV Century), useful for a better comprehension of the process of formation of the political realities of the modern and contemporary Eastern Europe and of his actual reality.

Course contents

1) A General View.

Lines of study and materials useful for the comprehension of the Eastern Roman Empire and Byzantine Civilisation ( IV-XV Century ).

Periodization, territorial changements, sources, political ideology, with particular attention to the heredity for the study of modern Eastern Europe ( XV-XVI Century )

2) A Monographic Part.

After the faul of Constantinople, between Eastern Europe, Balkanes and Western Europe, an example: the villain, the "voivoda" of Valachia Vlad III Draculea (second half of XV Century).

Examples use of sources and their manipulation; the fight against Turks.


Useful materials and bibliography, for the General Part as well as for the Monographic Part, shall comunicate during the Course.

At the end of the Course, shall be fournished to the students a Dossier of sources and commentary useful for the comprehension of the Byzantine civilisation.

its recommanded, in any case, the confidence with use of a good historical Atlas.

Teaching methods

Themes, texts and bibliography are discussed during the Course.


Assessment methods

Assessment method consists in an oral proof, when the student must demonstrate his level of capacity in discuss the themes choosed, and critically assimilated texts and bibliography.

Naturally, the student can proposed to discuss themes, materials and bibliography differents from that of lessions.

Teaching tools

During the course shall be shown images and fournished working material and bibliography

Office hours

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