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Byzantine Archaeology and Art History


Degree Bachelor of Arts
Application not required
Course commences                               winter semester / summer semester
Standard course duration 6 semesters
Focus options 50%; 25%

Language requirements

first main subject (50%): certified proficiency in Latin or Greek (Latinum or Graecum) and knowledge of English and another modern foreign language required prior to commencement of the B.A. thesis

Language of instruction German, occasionally English

Faculty of Philosophy


Course outline

Byzantine Archaeology and Art History (formerly a Magister course in Christian Archaeology) is a B.A. course devoted to the scholarly investigation of the material relics of the Byzantine millennium from late antiquity and the Early Byzantine civilisation up to the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 AD. It examines the diverse relations both with classical antiquity (Greek and Roman) and with cultures of the western and eastern Mediterranean. The course acquaints students with the fundamental features and methods of the subject and points up interdisciplinary points of contact both with other archaeological subjects and with European Art History, Church History and Medieval History.

The course focuses mainly on the following kinds of relic:

  • architecture, urban construction and topography
  • visual arts (mosaic, painting, sculpture)
  • objets d’art, handicrafts, utensils
  • inscriptions
  • coins

Course structure

Byzantine Architecture and Art History at B.A. level can be selected as a first main subject (74 CP), a second main subject (74 CP) or as a subsidiary subject (35 CP) in conjunction with a different main subject (113 CP).


Main research interests

The main research interests of the Institute are determined by the scholars teaching there. With the staff situation as it is at the moment, research focuses mainly on architecture and settlement history in the Near East, Greece and Asia Minor.


Formal requirements


There are no restrictions on admission to the course. Click here for information on enrolment.
Special regulations apply for international study applicants.

International study applicants

There are special regulations for international applicants. For more information, apply to the International Relations Office of Heidelberg University (Seminarstraße 2).

Subject combinations

Possible subject combinations are listed in the Catalogue of Subjects.

Study and examination regulations

Examination regulations B.A. (25 June 2015)

Module Handbook

Please click here to find the latest Module Handbook.

Examinations board

Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.


Tuition fees at Heidelberg University are payable at the beginning of each semester.

M.A. course

Heidelberg University offers a consecutive M.A. course on Byzantine Archaeology and Art History

Academic advisor

Katinka Sewing, M.A.
Marstallhof 4, Südostturm (1st floor)
office hours Wednesdays, 2.00-4.00 pm
phone: +49 (0)6221-54-2228


Institute of Byzantine Archaeology and Art History
Marstallhof 4
D-69117 Heidelberg



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