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CLAS 251 History of Byzantium

Faculty: Classical Studies Faculty
Content: The transformation of the eastern Roman Empire into a Greek Orthodox medieval empire and the creation of a separate identity for the Byzantine state and society. Topics include the organization of the Byzantine state; the development and defining features of Byzantine civilization; relations between Byzantium and the Latin West, the Slavic world, and Islam; the pivotal and unique role of Byzantium; and the factors that led to the decline of the empire and the eventual fall of Constantinople. Taught on the Greek overseas program.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Acceptance into the overseas program in Greece.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall semester.
Semester credits: 4.