The Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies and the Department of History and Archaeology offer a joint specialised postgraduate programme in Byzantine Studies and the Latin East at the MA and PhD levels. There are two options for the MA degree, with or without a thesis (see Academic Requirements).
The goal of the programme is to promote interdisciplinary approaches in the various fields of Byzantine Studies and the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean. More specifically, the programme aims at a multilevel and multifaceted study of Byzantine culture that combines the various theoretical and practical methodological tools of Philology, History, History of Art and Archaeology. The programme also provides an opportunity to study the Latin East and Greeks under Latin Rule with a combination of methods and themes.
Eleven members of the academic staff of the two Departments participate in the programme, in the following fields of specialisation: Byzantine Language and Literature, Byzantine History, Medieval History, the History of Greeks under Latin Rule, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art and Archaeology, and Medieval Art and Archaeology. Each semester at least three seminars are taught, one in each of the following areas: (A) Byzantine Language and Literature, (B) Byzantine/Medieval History, (C) Byzantine/Medieval Art and Archaeology.
In order to ensure that the students become acquainted with the full range of the fields and the various methodological approaches involved, the seminars offered in the programme are organised on the basis of the three areas and deal with the following themes:
a) Political, social, economic, and ecclesiastical history,
b) Ideology and identity, cultural traditions, and intercultural contacts,
c) Intellectual production and artistic creation,
d) Daily life and material culture, and
e) Cyprus within the wider social, historical, and cultural context of the Eastern Mediterranean.
The seminars are enriched by visits to the archaeological sites, museums, monuments, and monastic libraries of Cyprus.