This unit will cover Byzantine history commencing with Constantine's establishment of the city of Constantinople, until the fall of Constantinople in 1453. The unit will consider the evolution of Byzantium from the Roman Empire and the ambition of Justinian to revitalise the empire. It will identify and evaluate internal conflicts within Byzantium and the continuing conflict on its borders with particular focus on the implications of the growth of Islam for Byzantium. It will examine the growing estrangement between East and West including theological misinterpretations and the further mistrust brought about by the western crusades particularly the capture of Constantinople by the Fourth Crusade. It will evaluate later developments at reconciliation and the difficulties in implementing the Council of Florence. The unit will also enable students to evaluate the contribution of Byzantium to the emerging Renaissance and the continuing legacy to Orthodoxy.

Unit Code: CH2101C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify themes of continuity and difference between Byzantium and the Roman Empire.


Identify and evaluate the religious and political factors leading to the various theological disputes and their resolution.


Describe the development of Islam and the threat it posed to the security of Byzantium.

Unit sequence

30 points in Church History Level 1 or equivalent


Lectures and seminar discussion


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper

1000-word Tutorial Papers

0 25.0
Tutorial Paper

1000-word Tutorial Papers

0 25.0

2,500-word Essay

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 6 Aug, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-18 10:28:56 +1100