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HIST 4220 Romans and Barbarians (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

One of the chief objectives of this course is to understand Rome's metamorphosis in the West, after the empire's fall, and to come to grips with changing notions of Romanitas--"Romaness"--from the second through the eighth centuries. The other objective is to understand the construction of power during this period: who had it, who lost it, how it was flaunted and used. We will discuss new sources of power invented in the period: relics, asceticism, military brotherhoods, elaborate burial, and ethnogenesis. The course will emphasize archaeological evidence as much as traditional textual evidence.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Robin Fleming

Prerequisites: History Core

Cross listed with:

Comments: Not open to students who have taken HS 261


Last Updated: 22-Feb-14