The Balkan Peninsula and the Eastern Mediterranean in Late Antiquity

Discipline: Archaeology

The study of the material culture of the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean in Late Antiquity requires an interdisciplinary approach, encompassing a series of humanities and social sciences. The course aims to present the archaeological evidence on a series of topics related with historical processes in Late Antiquity. We tackle topics such as the sphere of political and cultural influence of the East Roman Empire and the role of overland and maritime transport for economic and cultural interaction. In our focus will come Late Antique cities, starting with Rome and continuing with Antioch, Alexandria, Thessaloniki, Athens, Corinth, Serdica, Philippopolis and others. The evidence on their urban planning will be use to shed light on issue of politics and economics. Types of production, trade, agriculture and stock breeding are among the topics we will be talking about. Economy will lead us to the study of Late Antique vici and villas.

The course continues with the archaeology of military units, tactics, armament, weapons, fortifications (such as the Anastasian Wall and others).

 One of the most important innovations of Late Antiquity is Christianity and of course the archaeology of churches, episcopal complexes and monasteries are given a special attention together with burial rites. The course will end with a survey of religious and secular art in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean.  


– Course dates: 19. 04. – 05.05.2023

On-site – 19.04-24.04.2023

On-line – 02.05-05.05.2023

Format: On-site and Online

Language: English

Student Level: Bachelor and Masters

Number of ECTS: 3

Number of Students: No Limits

Prerequisites and registration procedures (i.e. language, fee, registration dates)



Duration, Application Deadline and How to apply

Duration: 18 days

Application Deadline: 31/03/2023

Ready to Get Involved? Apply below.

E-mail to Ms Slavena Nikolova

Marcia Tiburi – TERRADORADA (paintings exhibition) – Auditorium MR002

Deavan Michelle La Tray – Chroma Depth (paintings exhibition) – Hall Auditorium MR002

Eva Dimitrova – Beauty without filters (photgraphy exhibition) – Hall Auditorium MR002

Michail Bakas – Equality in Life, Society and Education Human stories. Another road to the European Dream (photography exhibition) – University Entrance Hall

Indira Sofia Molina Caliz – Au sud du sud (dance performance) – Hall Auditorium MR002 – Closing session, cocktail time.

All performances will be available on November 8 except for the dance performance which will be held just before the cocktail.