OverviewHow did the Western Roman Empire undergo its transformation into the early medieval world? This course provides an overview of the period between 300 and 600 A.D., in particular, examining the collision between barbarian and Roman in late Antiquity and the development of the post-Roman and early medieval West, focusing on changes in culture and society through a critical evaluation of evidence from history, art, architecture and archaeology. There will be a focus on Italy, France and Britain which is intended to 1) provide a manageable and structured course at an appropriate level of detail, with the potential for some depth of analysis, and 2) concentrate on those geographical areas which mesh closely with the subject matter of other courses in Roman archaeology and late Antique and medieval history offered by colleagues in University.
This module appears in:
Total Contact Hours: 30
Also available under code CL659 (Level 5)
Method of assessment
Source/Artefact-based Exercise (1,500 words) – 30%
Essay (3,000 words) – 70%
Indicative Reading List -
Brown, P. (1971). The World of Late Antiquity, London: Thames and Hudson.
Cameron, A., Ward-Perkins, B. & Whitby, M. (eds.) (2000). The Cambridge Ancient History Vol. 14: Late Antiquity: Empire and Successors, A.D.425-600 (2nd Edition), Cambridge: CUP.
Christie, N. (2011) The Fall of the Western Roman Empire: An Archaeological and Historical Perspective, London: Bloomsbury Academic.
Heather, P. (2005). The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History, London: Macmillan.
Randers-Pehrson, J. (1983). Barbarians and Romans: The Birth Struggle of Europe, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.
Randsborg, K. (1991). The First Millennium A.D. in Europe and the Mediterranean, Cambridge: CUP.
Reece, R. (1999). The Later Roman Empire: An Archaeology AD 150-600, Stroud: Tempus.
On successfully completing the module, Level 6 students will be able to:
8.5 Demonstrate a deep understanding of the importance and implications of the political, social, economic and cultural history of the Late Antique West AD 300-600;
8.6 Critically evaluate a wide range of archaeological and art historical evidence available for the period;
8.7 Engage reflectively with current research related to primary (e.g. ancient texts and archaeological materials) and secondary sources (e.g modern historians and archaeologists);
8.8 Understand the nature and extent of the transformations and interactions among the migrating barbarian societies and the indigenous populations they encountered (e.g. in politics, society, the economy, religion and in cultural life).