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Advanced study of the history and culture of the Eastern Mediterranean world, from the foundation of Constantinople in 330 to the fall of the Byzantine empire in 1453. Wide range of modules in research skills (languages, palaeography, epigraphy, papyrology) and history, literature, culture, philosophy and theology. Leads to further research or careers in education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural sectors.
KEY BENEFITS * International expertise in the languages and history of the Late Roman and Byzantine periods.
* World-leading reputation for research and teaching.
* The combined research resources of the University of London.
* Areas of current research in the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's include charity and remembrance in the Palaiologan period, Byzantine architecture, Cyprus from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages, archaeology and epigraphy of Asia Minor, middle Byzantine literary culture, Byzantine theology, Byzantine relationships with East and West.
* King's graduates enjoy one of the best employment rates and starting salaries in the UK. Kings is the Sunday Times Best University for Graduate Employment 2012-3. We were ranked third for graduate-level jobs and fifth for highest starting salaries in the 2012 Sunday Times University Guide.
PURPOSEFor students whose previous training has been in a related subject in the humanities. To give a grounding in the subject, normally with a language-training element in medieval Greek or Latin.
DESCRIPTIONThe MA in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies offers the opportunity to specialize in an exciting and multi-faceted field of study that covers the history and culture of the Eastern Mediterranean world during the long millennium from the foundation of Constantinople (modern Istanbul) in 330 to the fall of the Byzantine empire in 1453. The degree allows students, through the numerous modules on offer, to acquire expertise in the necessary research skills (ancient languages, palaeography, epigraphy, papyrology) and in a variety of disciplines (history, literature, material culture, philosophy, theology).
STRUCTURE OVERVIEW Core programme content All students must take
* Dissertation module 7AABMB01 Research Training & Dissertation
* At least one research skill module (see list below)
* At least two special subject modules (see list below).
Indicative non-core content Please note: it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.Research skills modules
* 7AACM005 Beginners' ancient Greek for research (King's)
* 7AACM015 Intermediate ancient Greek for research (King's)
* 7AACM290 Medieval Latin Literature (King's)
* 7AACM730 Greek Epigraphy (King's)
* 7AACM731 Latin Epigraphy (King's)
* 7AAH1003 Skills for Medievalists: Latin for Graduates (King's)
* 7AAYM109 Latin Palaeography(King's)
* A graduate modern language module (King's)
* A digital humanities module (King's)
* MB23/HS5123A Elementary Greek Palaeography (RHUL)
* MB380/HS5124A Greek Palaeography (RHUL)
* HS5127 Greek Hands of the Palaeologan Period (13th-15th century) (RHUL)
* HS5128 Byzantine Autographs of the Palaeologan Period (13th-15th century) (RHUL)
* CLASGG03 Greek Papyrology (UCL)
* CLASGL01 Latin for Research 1 - beginners (UCL)
* CL5765 Latin for Research 2 - for students who have completed a beginners' module in Latin (UCL).
Special subject modules
* 7AABMA26 The Greek Novel and its Influence (1st to 21st C) (King's)
* 7AABMB10 Living in Byzantium: Material culture and built environment (c.AD 300-1500) (King's)
* 7AABMB11 Cyprus from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance: A Byzantine island through the ages (King's)
* 7AABMB12 One God, One Sea: Byzantium and Islam, 600-800 (King's)
* 7AABMB13 Byzantium and the West, A. D. 800-1000 (King's)
* 7AAH1011 Law and Society from Constantine to Charlemagne (King's)
* 7AAN2055 Philosophy in the Islamic World (King's)
* 7AAN4048 Medieval Philosophy (King's)
* CL5314 The Late Roman and Early Byzantine City (RHUL)
* CLAFG500 Philosophy under the Roman Empire (RHUL)
* HS5219 Byzantium and the First Crusade (20 credits) (RHUL)
* HS5220 Byzantium and the Fourth Crusade (20 credits) (RHUL)
* 91AHG026 Codes and Practice: the World of Roman Law from Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages (UCL)
* CLASGR02 Homer's Legacy (UCL)
* MDVLGH01 Medieval Papacy (UCL)
* MDVLGH03 Identity and Power in Medieval Europe, AD 500-1300 (UCL)
* HICL079P: Language and Power in the later Roman Empire (20 credits) (BBK)
* HICL004P: Ancient Political Thought and its Medieval Legacy (20 credits) (BBK).
FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT All taught modules assessed by coursework and/or examination plus a compulsory dissertation which accounts for 25 per cent of the total mark.