to the Website for

A-H 322

Byzantine Art and Civilization

Spring Semester, 1999

This site is intended for use by students enrolled in the above course and is still under construction; it features or will feature the following:

Final announcements:


March 27: You will have received (via our listserv) a relatively current news summary of the Archimedes palimpsest soon to be on view at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore; take a look at further information at the Walters' website, under "Exhibitions." This is a tenth-century (thus Middle Byzantine) copy of Archimedes' text -- with schematic diagrams rather than illuminations, but it's a math book, after all! -- that was cleaned off (the ink mostly "erased" from the parchment) during the twelfth century so that the precious parchment (remember how we talked about it being the single most expensive component of medieval manuscripts, even with all their gold and precious colors) could be re-used. You may find it interesting to learn how scholars have retrieved the original text using digital enhancement of images of the folios of the manuscript, a process in part pioneered by our own Professor Kevin Kiernan here at UK on an early manuscript of the Beowulf poem . Professor Kiernan will be speaking on this project at the annual Distinguished Professor lecture on April 12 at 8pm in the Recital Hall of the Singletary Center.

  e-SYLLABUS for the course: almost, but not quite, identical to your hard copy. Content is the same in all important essentials and contains links to the detailed list of goals for the course as distributed and discussed in class. In addition, the e- syllabus contains links to relevant on-line information, texts, images, etc. as we move through various topics.

Copies of handouts coordinated with or supplemental to class topics and linked to where they appear in the syllabus.

Copies of quizzes, sometimes with sketches of answers, sample answers, and so forth so that you can check out for yourself how you fared.

  Works on reserve (in the Art Library, Special Collections and Archives) and additional bibliography to guide your study and research

  Research guidelines, including: suggestions for topics, procedures (method), checklist for completing final paper

  LINKS to important texts, images, resources and sites for study, homework, and research

  Byzantine, Greek, Turkish, and Orthodox e-Sites around the world

  Connections to class listserve and to instructor's e-mail

  Connections to drafts of research by class members

While interest in Byzantium and its art and culture has been intense in the past several years -- note on the reserve list the blockbuster exhibition catalogues for shows at the Metropolitan Museum in New York (1997) and in Thessaloniki (1997-98) -- we are not the first to have found this medieval civilization both exotic and fascinating.
For the poet W.B. Yeats' imaginative reconstruction of the mood and some symbolic artifacts from ancient Constantinople, sample either his Sailing to Byzantium orByzantium.


This site is maintained by
Christine Havice,
Associate Professor of Medieval Art and Architecture in the Department of Art at the University of Kentucky,
for use by participants in A-H 322 for the spring semester, 1999.
Last updated on 24 May, 1999.

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