ME3103 Mediaeval Rome  c.590-c.1300
Lecturer Professor Frances Andrews (Room 14, 71 South Street)
Credits 30
Availability Not available 2019-20
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Description This option surveys the history of a city which encapsulates many issues central to the history of the Latin West from the time of Pope Gregory I (590-614) to the Jubilee of 1300 and the departure of the popes for Avignon.  Topics covered will include topography, city government, ritual and public space, insiders and outsiders, conflict and defence, relations with the surrounding territory and the 'papal states', the 'marvels of Rome', and the imperial heritage.  The teaching will use both written sources in translation and archaeological and art historical evidence.
Basic Reading
  • R. Krautheimer,  Rome: Profile of a City. 312-1308 (Princeton, 1980)
  • R. Brentano, Rome Before Avignon (Berkeley, 1990)
    Early Mediaeval Rome and the Christian West.  Essays in Honour of Donald A. Bullough, ed. Julia Smith (Leiden, 2000)

Course Structure

Two one-hour meetings per week

Assessment 60% examination - one 3-hour paper
40% course work - three pieces of work one of which may be an oral assessment
Learning Outcomes
  • Familiarity with the interplay between archaeological, art-historical and written evidence
  • Awareness of the impact of differing levels of source availability at different periods
  • Understanding of topographical change over a long period
Restrictions None
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