The Late Antique World

Module code: AH2040

Module co-ordinator: Mary Harlow

The late antique world is associated with transformations: from the classical to the medieval, from the pagan to the Christian. In this module we will examine the changes and continuities in a world that was losing its Mediterranean focus and gaining its regional identities. We will analyse the political, economic, military, religious and social history of the period using texts, visual material and archaeology.

Topics covered

  • The late antique city
  • The rise of asceticism
  • 'Barbarian' kingdoms
  • Eunuchs and pilgrimage
  • Leadership and law
  • The roles of Church and state

Learning

  • 10 one-hour lectures
  • 9 one-hour seminars
  • 1 one-hour tutorial

Assessment

  • Source criticism, 1,000 words (30%)
  • Essay, 2,500 words (70%