Courses

The students will get familiar with the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the Jewish people in Eastern and Central Europe from the Partitions of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1772-1793) to the 20th century interwar period.  They will acquire a deeper knowledge of the various issues related to...
Instructor: Israel Bartal
Credits: 4.0
Instructors: Floris Bernard, Agnes Drosztmer, David Falvay, Tamas Kiss, Zsuzsanna Reed, Orsolya Rethelyi, Levente SelafCourse level: MA, PhD; 1 creditOffice hours: by appointmentThis is the first part of a two-term literary course (1+2 credits), which is designed to provide a survey of theoretical approaches to...
Credits: 1.0
The aim of the course is to provide familiarity with the medieval manuscript book, the object that transmitted classical and medieval texts and images and now enables us to arrive at a knowledge concerning the environment, interests and scholarship of those who produced and used each codex. The course discusses the...
Instructor: Anna Somfai
Credits: 2.0
Looking back from the 21st century the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy can be interpreted like an early form of the European Union (common economic system and politics, etc.) This four-credit course will focus on the major structural elements, the social and economic contradictions of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, and the...
Instructor: András Gerő
Credits: 4.0
The Consultation course is mandatory for the one-year MA students and for the two-year MA first year students and optional for first year PhD students.The Academic Field Trip’s credits apply to the preparation for the annual academic field trip to important archaeological and cultural monuments in the region of...
Credits: 2.0
This course is meant to equip all students enrolled at the Medieval Studies Department with a basic knowledge of Latin as a “technical language” still used today in academic environments. To this purpose, the course will provide an overview of several types of source publications and secondary literature from various...
Credits: 0.0
This course is meant to equip all students enrolled at the Medieval Studies Department with a basic knowledge of Latin as a “technical language” still used today in academic environments. To this purpose, the course will provide an overview of several types of source publications and secondary literature from various...
Instructor: Radu Mustata
Credits: 0.0
The aim of this course is to help you develop as a writer within the English speaking academic community by raising awareness of, practicing, and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. In addition to addressing issues related to academic writing, the course will also focus on the other skills you will need...
Instructor: Eszter Timár
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this course is to help you develop as a writer within the English speaking academic community by raising awareness of, practicing, and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. In addition to addressing issues related to academic writing, the course will also focus on the other skills you will need...
Instructor: Thomas Rooney
Credits: 2.0
The historian of Central and Eastern Europe frequently meets with secondary literature in the German language. Understanding of these texts needs more than practical conversation skills, as historical expression is a compound discourse created from elements derived from the literary, philosophical, legal, civic,...
Instructor: Carsten L. Wilke
Credits: 2.0
This course aims at developing the skills of advanced and intermediate students of Greek for reading philosophical texts . The text to be read is II.9 (33), to which Plotinus’ pupil Porphyry gave the title “Against the Gnostics”. In fact, it is only the final part of Plotinus’ (204/5-269/70) big anti-Gnostic treatise...
Instructor: István Perczel, Csaba Ötvös
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this course is to introduce students to a variety of sources and styles of Hungarian historiography that they can encounter in their own research. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to study primary sources as well as become more familiar with digital and online databases and source editions...
Instructor: Gabor Szegedi
Credits: 2.0
Careful reading of a Latin text, paying particular attention to syntax and vocabulary, with the aim of increasing reading fluency. A possible text is Augustine, De Civitate Dei, depending on need and interest. Interested students are encouraged to get in touch with Gina (gwhite@princeton.edu) with any requests or...
Instructor: Gina White
Credits: 2.0
This is a required course for probationary doctoral candidates intended to foster academic research methods and writing skills that will enable incoming PhD students to participate fully in scholarly life and discourse as professionals. It is designed as a venue for each student to develop a strong dissertation...
Instructor: Zsuzsanna Reed
Credits: 1.0
The goal of the course is to develop the students' ability to read Russian-language secondary sources. It will introduce the students to the key Russian historiographical concepts, debates, writing styles and the language usage in historical sources. The classes will be organized around reading and discussing specific...
Instructor: Anna Mazanik
Credits: 2.0
This course aims to offer perspectives on some key and debatable problems in historiography of medieval and imperial Russia, attacking our subjects from a non-ideological, comparative and preferably multidisciplinary angle.More specifically, this course aims:- to analyze comparatively and from the longue durée...
Instructor: Mikhail V. Dmitriev
Credits: 2.0
Historical thought in non-European traditions is not only of relevance to scholars of non-European history. However, without the relevant language competence, major works of non-European traditions remain inaccessible. This class engages with the rich tradition of Arab historiography and with primary sources and...
Instructor: Nadia Al-Bagdadi
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this course is to provide students familiarity with a select set of textual and archival sources related to early modern Ottoman history. More specifically, the course has a focus on the period of ca. 1580-1650, which many scholars today consider the beginning of a long era of “crisis and transformation” in...
Instructor: Günhan Börekci
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this course is to provide students familiarity with a select set of textual and archival sources related to early modern Ottoman history. More specifically, the course has a focus on the period of 1580-1700, which many scholars today consider the beginning of a long era of “crisis and transformation” in the...
Instructor: Gunhan Borekci
Credits: 2.0
The course offers close reading of parts of John Climacus’ (Johannes Scholasticus, Sinaiticus – acme in the early or mid seventh century, nothing is known with precision) great and tremendously influential spiritual treatise, the Ladder of divine ascent. The Ladder is the high peak and summary of earlier developments...
Instructor: György Geréby
Credits: 2.0
Level: the course is open to MA and PhD-level studentsThis course aims at developing the skills of advanced and intermediate students of Syriac for reading narrative sources. This term’s subject is a selection from Syriac chronicles, namely the Ecclesiastic History of John of Ephesus, the Chronicle of Zuqnin by Joshua...
Instructor: István Perczel
Credits: 2.0
The Book of the Holy Hierotheus is one of the oddest spiritual texts of Christianity. It is attributed to the legendary teacher of (Pseudo-)Dionysius the Areopagite, the holy Hierotheus and contains the boldest ever speculation on the spiritual journey of the human mind, finally becoming one with God in a confused...
Instructor: István Perczel
Credits: 2.0
The aim of the course is to offer practical help for second year Cultural Heritage students to work out the structure and content of their thesis. They will present their research material, approaches and written drafts of their study. In this way, it is intended that students will finalize the better part of their...
Credits: 2.0
This course will consider the origins and development of the theory that the universe was composed of indivisible bodies known as “atoms”. Atomism would, of course, go on to have a long and illustrious afterlife, but in the ancient world it faced strong opposition by the continuum theories of Aristotle and Galen, and...
Instructor: Georgina White
Credits: 2.0
The seminar explores the rise of Anjou power in the Mediterranean and in Central-Europe in the context of crusader politics to liberate the Holy Land. The fourteenth century brought a sharp sense of innovation and modernization throughout Europe, a change of political structures, a new vision of the past and a whole...
Instructor: Marianne Sághy
Credits: 2.0
Animals are woven almost unnoticed into the complex web of human exis­tence. They permeate every part of our social lives, from mundane subsistence ques­tions to attitudes about the world around us.Animals could be regarded as sources of wealth but were also seen as being de­structive. They were por­trayed as both...
Credits: 2.0
The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (www.osaarchivum.org), one of the most significant Cold War and human rights archives in the world, offers a three-credit interdisciplinary course to the students of the Human Rights Program of the Legal Studies Department. The course includes an introduction to the...
Credits: 3.0
This course offers a problem-oriented approach to the arts in a national context. Alternating between deep analysis of selected representative examples and a critical approach to national self-representation in comparative perspective, it aims to introduce students to the creation and display of objects ranging from...
Instructor: Robyn Radway
Credits: 2.0
The title of this course is borrowed from Moshe Idel's book published by CEU Press (2005) which treats magical ideas and practices in Jewish mysticism aiming at the deification of man, similar to Elijah's ascension or Enoch's translation in the Bible. The ambition to follow their example or to achieve something...
Instructor: Gyorgy E. Szonyi
Credits: 2.0
The title of this course is borrowed from Moshe Idel's book published by CEU Press which treats magical ideas and practices in Jewish mysticism aiming at the deification of man, similar to Elijah's ascension or Enoch's translation in the Bible. The ambition to follow their example or to achieve something similar has...
Instructor: Gyorgy E. Szonyi
Credits: 2.0
The course is intended to be a supplement to the one on the Age of Justinian for those who are able to read the Greek sources in the original. Yet, it is also open to students who want to practice their Greek reading skills and are not taking the thematic course. During the term excerpts from some key sources from and...
Instructor: István Perczel
Credits: 2.0
In this seminar, we will read some of the early medieval (6th to 8th century) poems that formed (and form) the core of Christian religious chant in the Eastern Mediterranean. We will read some of the famous kontakia ascribed to Romanos Melodos; but also the Great Kanon of Andrew of Crete, poems of Sophronios of...
Instructor: Floris Bernard
Credits: 2.0
The course is intended to be a supplement to the one on the reception history of the Dionysian Corpus for those who are able to read the Greek sources in the original. Yet, it is also open to students who only want to practice their Greek reading skills and are not taking the thematic course. During the term, excerpts...
Instructor: István Perczel
Credits: 2.0
The present reading seminar will explore the formal conventions and contents of a specific genre, i.e., inscriptions produced in Classical and Postclassical Latin, ranging from Pompeian graffiti to early medieval inscriptions. In addition to reading and interpreting a selection of classical, late antique, and medieval...
Credits: 2.0
The overall goal of this course is to introduce students to the basic debates and methodologies of the digital humanities (DH), and to think through how these approaches and methods might best be applied in their respective projects and disciplines. We will first consider some of the best critical overviews and...
Credits: 2.0
The Bible played a fundamental role in varied ways in the formation of the intellectual (and also material) culture of the Middle Ages. The “language and the logic of the Bible” shaped (to different degrees) the form of the church as an institution, her legal system, the liturgy, the sermons, iconography, theology,...
Instructor: György Geréby
Credits: 2.0
The Bible played a fundamental role in many and varied ways in the formation of the intellectual (and also material) culture of the Middle Ages. The “language and the logic of the Bible” shaped (in different degrees) the form of the church as an institution, her legal system, the liturgy, the sermons, iconography,...
Instructor: György Geréby
Credits: 2.0
This class combines a basic survey in Islamic history based on lectures in the first half with seminar discussions on assigned readings in the second half of the each class that examine scholarship and approaches to Islamic borderlands and frontiers from early Islamic conquests in the 7th century to the rising threat...
Instructor: Tolga U. Esmer
Credits: 2.0
Narrative is a basic human strategy for coming to terms with fundamental elements of our experience, such as time, process, and change, and thus this a study of the distinctive nature of narrative and its various structures, elements, uses, and effects would help us in understanding the nature of identities. This...
Instructor: Sanjay Kumar
Credits: 2.0
Byzantium, as the legitimate heir of the Roman Empire, was regarded in the western (Latin) territories of Europe as the most important cultural and artistic center. Hated and envied, its brilliant fruits were among the most desirable products and the ambivalent feelings never stopped towards it. Politicians, diplomats...
Instructor: Béla Zsolt Szakács
Credits: 2.0
Evagrius of Pontus (345-399) was a leading theologian of the early monastic movement. He moved in the circles of Basil the Great, Gregory Nazianzen and the great ascetic teachers of the Egyptian desert. He was a highly trained and polished thinker and his deep and complex theories survived his condemnation in the...
Instructor: György Geréby
Credits: 2.0
The Devil (Satan, Lucifer) , the supernatural personification of evil is a central figure in the history of Christianity. We will begin with examining the formation of this figure from New Testament times through Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. We will deal with the most spectacular public manifestation of...
Instructor: Gábor Klaniczay
Credits: 4.0
The world of medieval art, albeit very appealing for present-day spectators, is a special microcosm. Most medieval works of art have lost their original context and even those which are in continuous use are subjects of changes from time to time. In order to understand the real significance of medieval art we have to...
Instructor: Béla Zsolt Szakács
Credits: 4.0
The course addresses the main issues in the development of Christianity in the first five centuries, starting as a small movement within Judaism in Palestine and developing over centuries and through various inner and outer conflicts into the dominant religion of the Mediterranean, identifying with the cause of her...
Credits: 2.0
The course intends to give a more or less systematic introduction to some of the main problems and their treatment in the late antique and medieval philosophy schools. The historical starting point is 176 AD, when Emperor Marcus Aurelius founded four chairs of philosophy in Athens, and the end of the period is set (...
Credits: 4.0
The class is an introduction into the analysis of daily life in the past. It concentrates on the Middle |Ages and the early modern period, but offers also comparative approaches to earlier and later eras. Special attention is paid to theoretical and methodological aspects of analysis, the usage of various types of...
Instructor: Gerhard Jaritz
Credits: 4.0
Late Antiquity is the growth industry of recent historiography. But what is Late Antiquity and what made it so important for our generation? This multidisciplinary course introduces students not only into the concept of Late Antiquity as a historical era, but also into contemporary (structuralist and deconstructionist...
Instructor: Marianne Sághy
Credits: 4.0
In historiography of the Ottoman Empire, the sixteenth century has traditionally been depicted as a “magnificent” apogee of a “classical age” (which is said to have lasted from c. 1300 to c. 1600). However, as recent research suggests, rather than featuring “classical” forms of imperial institutions, in the sense of “...
Instructor: Tijana Krstić
Credits: 4.0
4 credits = Core class + tutorial2 credits = Core class onlyThis course offers a topical survey of the so-called "General Crisis of the Seventeenth Century" as experienced concurrently in Europe and the Ottoman Empire from the late sixteenth century to the turn of the eighteenth century. Using both a lecture and...
Instructor: Gunhan Borekci
Credits: 4.0

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