Byzantium - The Power and the Glory

Ref: C2339509

The course will focus on the significant cultural developments within the Byzantine Empire during the 9th to 11th centuries, in particular during the apogee of the Empire’s success under the Macedonian dynasty. We shall examine the spread of Roman diplomatic and religious influence during the Macedonian era, and examine reasons for the failures of other states in Europe and the Middle East during the same period. We will look at how the music, art and political challenges of Byzantine society were transformed during that period, and also go on to consider some of the internal weaknesses within Byzantine society that would ultimately lead to its downfall..

Course aim

Byzantium is often seen in the West as an insignificant period in the Middle Ages; yet it lasted a thousand years. This course will examine that Empire's greatest success.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the key figures of the Macedonian dynasty
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the spread and influence of Byzantine culture in Europe and the Middle East
  • Provide an outline of the key dates and events in Byzantine society 867-1025

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Byzantium - The Power and the Glory

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