HIST 4220 Romans and Barbarians (Spring: 3 )
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.
Instructor(s): Robin Fleming
Last Updated: 11-Feb-18