Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Trace the fall of the Roman Empire across the fourth, fifth and sixth centuries. Explore the dynamics of imperial rule. Question the causes behind the 'barbarian' invasions. Dig deep into sources including political speeches and biographies.
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At the completion of this subject students will have:
- a grasp of the main political, economic, and religious developments of the period
- familiarity with major sources of the period
- an introduction to methodologies and interpretative issues involved in the exploitation of sources of the period
- familiarity with relevant, critical analysis, expression.
- The structure of the Later Roman Empire
- The nature of written sources for the period
- Key genres of written sources for the period
- Roman and 'barbarian' interaction and ideological representation
- The fragmentation of the Roman West and the establishment of the 'barbarian kingdoms'
- The structure of the western kingdoms and their relationship with the east Roman empire
- The issue of identity
- Modern interpretations and uses of the Fall of Rome
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
Students must complete level 1 and 2 studies in Ancient History prior to commencing this subject.
No special requirements