HAC105 Byzantine and ottoman city
The module offers an in-depth course in Byzantine and Postbyzantine Archaeology. The module examines aspects of urban cultures in the Eastern Mediterranean during the centuries of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires (4th-18th centuries) as well as their interactions with their contemporary cultures located in different geographical settings (Northern europé). It presents transformations in spatial organization, architecture, art and material culture. Special focus is placed on urban transformations reflecting a trajectory of ”transition” from the Middle Ages to Modernity. Through a comparative evaluation of settlement patterns, art and material culture, the city is viewed as vital space of urban societies and, as such, it stands out as a considerable parameter of local economy, politics and culture.