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World History To 1500: Western Europe and Byzantium

World History

Assignments for Western Europe and Byzantium




Questions to Consider for Class Discussion:


Films on Demand


This program covers the founding of Constantinople as a second Rome, its flowering when the Roman Empire in the West was shattered, its gradual decline under the impact of Normans, Turks, Venetians, and the Crusades, and finally, its fall in 1453. The program describes the history, art, and religious significance of Byzantium, its attempts to restore the Roman Empire, its influence in the West, and its heritage

Library Research

Limit your search to materials in Harmony Library only on Byzantium, Crusades,European Renaissance.

Websites of Interest

The Byzantine Empire, 1265. The Historical Atlas, William R. Shepherd, 1911.  Image provided by Wikimedia Commons.

IMS: Saint's Lives
Presents ancient, Byzantine, and medieval hagiographic original texts, in translation and otherwise, along with basic data on the cult of saints.

The MET: Icons & Iconoclasm in Byzantium
Contains background research essays with links to icon art work.

The MET: Byzantium
Contains background research essays with links to art work, icons, artifacts, objects, and more.

Byzantine and Christian Museum
The Byzantine and Christian Museum includes over 30,000 objects dating from the 3rd to the 21st century AD .: icons, frescoes, mosaics, incunabula, manuscripts, objects of paper, sculptures, miniature art, ceramics, textiles, paintings, copies