What is Byzantium Series

What is Byzantium? A guide through questions about the Greek Empire

The SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies is proud to host a free online workshop series for local Greek Schools in collaboration with the Hellenic Canadian Congress of BC.

This online workshop series is a journey for young learners aged 6-12 about what it meant to live in the Greek Empire we now call Byzantium. It is designed to ask, and inspire asking, a myriad of questions: what is Byzantium? What stories can we tell about its past? Who were the emperors? And who are their soldiers? What did the Byzantines learn in their schools? And what in their churches? How did they entertain themselves? Every chapter of the story we are about to explore starts with a question and, every week, the students will encounter interactive, task-based workshops that will guide them towards building the answers. In a hands-on approach to original sources such as histories, coins, images or letters, the tale of Byzantium is endowed with the opportunity to migrate from pages of school books to a very vivid, tangible element of our own past and present. Join us as we draw medieval cities, design imperial coinage, solve Byzantine riddles, visit a Constantinopolitan classroom, read ancient jokes, learn how to write histories and embrace this millennia-old civilization. 

Each week, registered participants will receive a link to the Zoom meeting on the morning of the day of the workshop.


Lecture Series

Chapter 1 – What is Byzantium (an introduction) - Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Chapter 2 – What is history? - Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Chapter 3 – What is an emperor? - Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Chapter 4 – What is a soldier? - Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Chapter 5 – What is a monastery? - Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Chapter 6 – What is a city? - Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Chapter 7 – What is a rhetorician? - Friday, December 4, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Chapter 8 – What is a (medieval) voyage? - Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Chapter 9 – What’s so funny? - Monday, December 14, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Chapter 10 – Where did Byzantium go? - Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 4:30 PM


Jovana Anđelković is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University affiliated with the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies. She completed her MA thesis at the University of Belgrade with a particular focus on 11th century Byzantine epistolography and the works of John Mauropous (Friends Share Their Possessions – John Mauropous Between Constantinople and Euchaita). Inspired by close-reading methodological practices apparent in her MA dissertation, she is interested in integrating and applying them to questions of history education and common memory creation. She is also actively engaged as an associate in Petnica Science Centre where she works on youth education within the Social Sciences and Humanities Department.


Have questions?

Send an email to hellenic@sfu.ca to learn more.