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Late Roman Society and Culture - 40 credits (HST928)

The modern view of the Roman world has been dominated for many years by the late Republic and early Empire, and only recently has the archaeology and history of Late Antiquity (c. AD 250–600) become the subject of extensive academic discussion and debate. The range and variety of material available for the study of the later Roman Empire offers a fascinating insight into this complex period of history, and also provides the link between the Classical and the early Medieval worlds. This module explores the historical and archaeological evidence for Rome and her neighbours from the fourth to the sixth centuries, exploring cultural change as dynamic process, the expression of identity, and regionality in Late Antiquity. The module is taught through weekly seminars each on a specific subject or topic, such as the imperial court and late Roman aristocracy, as well as the rise of Christianity and its effects on Late Antique society and culture. Seminars are led by historians and archaeologists who are leading scholars in the study of Late Antiquity, including Professor Denys Pringle, Dr Nic Baker-Brian, Dr Peter Guest, Dr Josef Lössl and Dr Shaun Tougher.