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090140 VO The Mediterranean in Late Antiquity (2011S)

2.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 9 - Altertumswissenschaften

Blockveranstaltung: 21.03.-08.04.2011 und 30.05.-17.06.2011
Beginn: Mi. 23.03.2011 16:15 - 17:45
Fr. 25.03.2011 13:15 - 14:45

Details

max. 35 participants
Language: German

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 23.03. 16:15 - 17:45 Hörsaal d. Inst. f. Byzantinistik u. Neogräzistik, Postg. 7/1/3 3.Stock
Friday 25.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal d. Inst. f. Byzantinistik u. Neogräzistik, Postg. 7/1/3 3.Stock
Wednesday 30.03. 16:15 - 17:45 Hörsaal d. Inst. f. Byzantinistik u. Neogräzistik, Postg. 7/1/3 3.Stock
Friday 01.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal d. Inst. f. Byzantinistik u. Neogräzistik, Postg. 7/1/3 3.Stock
Wednesday 06.04. 16:15 - 17:45 Hörsaal d. Inst. f. Byzantinistik u. Neogräzistik, Postg. 7/1/3 3.Stock
Friday 08.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal d. Inst. f. Byzantinistik u. Neogräzistik, Postg. 7/1/3 3.Stock
Wednesday 01.06. 16:15 - 17:45 Hörsaal d. Inst. f. Byzantinistik u. Neogräzistik, Postg. 7/1/3 3.Stock
Friday 03.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal d. Inst. f. Byzantinistik u. Neogräzistik, Postg. 7/1/3 3.Stock
Wednesday 08.06. 16:15 - 17:45 Hörsaal d. Inst. f. Byzantinistik u. Neogräzistik, Postg. 7/1/3 3.Stock
Friday 10.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal d. Inst. f. Byzantinistik u. Neogräzistik, Postg. 7/1/3 3.Stock
Wednesday 15.06. 16:15 - 17:45 Hörsaal d. Inst. f. Byzantinistik u. Neogräzistik, Postg. 7/1/3 3.Stock
Friday 17.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal d. Inst. f. Byzantinistik u. Neogräzistik, Postg. 7/1/3 3.Stock

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Aims, contents and method of the course

The period between the third and the early eighth century was a turning point in the history of Europe, as the political and cultural unity of the Mediterranean was fragmented. The Roman Empire was replaced by smaller kingdoms in the West, while the Byzantine Empire of the East preserved the imperial heritage. Christianity became the dominant religion and a major influence in both private and political life. The presence of Germanic, 'barbarian' tribes created new problems of accommodation. By the end of the period, the Arab invasions brought long-lasting consequences for the political geography of the Mediterranean. This course traces the factors that contributed to the transformation of the Classical world on the threshold to the Middle Ages, with particular emphasis on issues of political, cultural, and religious identity.

Assessment and permitted materials

written test after the first half of the semester, oral exam at the end of the semester

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

introduction into the new field of Mediterranean studies, on the basis of a detailed study of political, social, cultural and religious developments of the Later Roman and early Byzantine Empire

Examination topics

Lecture with the opportunity to discuss selected readings of sources and secondary literature

Reading list

P. Brown, The World of Late Antiquity, AD 150-750 (New York and London, 1989, first published 1971)
M. Maas, Readings in Late Antiquity: A Sourcebook (London and New York, rev. ed., 2010)
S. Mitchell, A History of the Later Roman Empire, AD 284-641 (Malden and Oxford, 2007)
P. Horden, N. Purcell, The Corrupting Sea. A Study of Mediterranean History (Oxford, 2000)
M. McCormick, Origins of the European Economy: Communications and Commerce, AD 300-900 (Cambridge, Mass., 2001)
C. Wickham, Framing the Middle Ages: Europe and the Mediterranean, 400-800 (Oxford and New York, 2005)

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