Faculty of Arts


ANCHIST 255

The Later Roman Empire


Description

This course is designed as an introduction to the history of the later Roman Empire, both East and West, between the third and the sixth centuries. It explores the themes of change and continuity, examining the impact of new forces on the institutions and culture of the Roman world, but also surveying those elements which survived into the Middle Ages, and even to our present day. 

Lectures and readings will raise a series of broad questions: What happened to the Roman Empire and why did it happen? Is this a story of "decline and fall"? How were old social and cultural forms adapted and changed? How and why does the ideal of Rome survive?

Topics covered include the social, economic and political crises of the period and how they were (or were not) resolved, contacts and conflicts between Romans and barbarians, the impact of Christianity and other religious movements, the persistence of pagan cultural and intellectual traditions, and the reinterpretation of the Roman past by those forging a new future in both the East and the West.

Availability 2019

Not taught in 2019

Lecturer(s)

Coordinator(s) Dr Lisa Bailey

Assessment

Coursework + exam

Points

ANCHIST 255: 15.0 points

Prerequisites

15 points at Stage I in Ancient History or Classical Studies, and 30 points passed

Restrictions

ANCHIST 355


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