Units of Study

MDST2612 - Byzantium between East and West

Semester 2, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Vrasidas Karalis


This unit investigates the role that Byzantium played throughout the Middle Ages as the cultural interface between East and West between 330 and 1453. It examines the various forms of interaction that took place within Byzantium and because of Byzantium between Eastern and Western Europe, Europe and Asia, and Christianity and Islam. It further explores pre-modern perceptions of identity, social class, economy, and gender. Its main focus is to delineate the wide range of exchanges that took place throughout the Middle Ages between societies through cultural diffusion, military campaigns, material culture and political ideologies.


2x2000wd essay (70%), 1x1000wd tutorial presentation (20%) and participation (10%)


1x1-hr lecture/week, 2x1-hr seminars/week


18 junior credit points from Table A of which 12 credit points are from one subject area

Additional Information

this unit of study may be counted towards majors in History and Modern Greek


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1 This class runs from Week 5 to Week 13

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In addition to the core language studies units, the undergraduate program includes other units of study that deal with cultural and literary themes and translation. The following is a list of units that are currently offered on rotation each year.

  • MGRK2603 Style and Expression
  • MGRK2604 Comparison of Greek and English
  • MGRK2605 Theory and Practice of Translation B
  • MGRK2606 Varieties and Registers
  • MGRK2609 Theory and Practice of Translation A
  • MGRK2621 Greek Modernism
  • MGRK2622 The Other Road to Greek Modernity
  • MGRK2631 Cultural Identities
  • MGRK2633 Social Norms/Stereotypes in Greek Cinema
  • MGRK2652 Politics and Politicians in Greece
  • MGRK2653 Sex, Drugs and Music in Modern Greece
  • MGRK2655 Modern Greek Art
  • MGRK2657 Greece and the European Imaginary
  • MGRK2675 New Testament Greek and its World A
  • MGRK2676 New Testament Greek and its World B
  • MGRK2682 Sports and Contemporary Culture
  • MGRK2691 Sociolinguistics in the Greek Diaspora
  • MGRK3692 Theories of Literature