[EUP] Based in Constantinople--ancient Byzantium and present-day Istanbul--the Eastern Roman, or Byzantine Empire, survived the collapse of the Western Roman Empire by over a millennium. This long-lived state on the crossroads of Europe and Asia was Roman in law, civil administration, and military tradition, but predominantly Greek in education and language, and Christian in religion. The course explores the changing face of medieval Byzantium as it turned itself into one of the greatest civilizations the world has known. We trace the empire's survival through the dramatic centuries of the Islamic conquests, Iconoclasm, and the Crusades, until its final fall to the Ottoman Turks. Two class meetings per week.
Limited to 30 students. Spring semester. Five College Professor Shawcross.
If Overenrolled: Some additional enrollments possible, with priority being given to History majors who need the course as part of their requirement for the major, then in order of seniority of year, first to seniors, then juniors, etc.
2014-15: Not offered Other years: Offered in Spring 2012