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ME3163 The Imperial City: Byzantine and Ottoman Constantinople

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:See

This module provides a detailed historical introduction to one of the greatest cities in history: Constantinople or Istanbul, capital first of the Byzantine and then of the Ottoman Empire. We will be studying the city as a continuous geographical space stretching across a millenium and a half; its structure and life at certain key moments; and how it changed over time. Specific themes to be considered include defense and provisioning, the urban economy, imperial and sacred space, and perception by inhabitants and visitors. Sources include chronicles, travel narratives, and other literary texts, as well as archeological and architectual plans and administrative documents.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Ancient History & Archaeology, History, Mediaeval History, Mediaeval History & Archaeology, Mediaeval Studies, Middle East Studies and BA (Intl Hons) History.

UG Pre-requisite(s):60 credits from ME1003, ME1006, ME2003, HI2001, MH2002 OR 60 credits from AN1002, AN2002, AN2003, CL2004
UG Anti-requisite(s):ME3218, ME4854

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 40%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr D Kastritsis
Module teaching staff: