The Emergence of Barbarian Europe, 250-800 AD

Course Dates: 28/04/22 - 07/07/22
Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Location: Online
In 400 AD, the Roman Empire covered roughly the same area as it had in 100 AD. By 500 AD, all the Western Provinces of the Empire had been overrun by barbarians. Britain had vanished into a long darkness. Rome itself was ruled by a barbarian king. Over the next few centuries, there would be a fusion of Roman and barbarian culture, mediated and often imposed by the Roman Catholic Church. From this fusion, all the modern nation states of Western Europe date their emergence.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: RG037

Started Thu, day, 28 Apr - 07 Jul '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course will seek to describe and explain the changes from Pax Romana to mediaeval kingdoms. Though the main focus will be on the period 500-800, earlier and later periods will be covered as seems relevant. This will be partly a narrative history and partly an examination of the religion, customs and laws of the barbarian peoples.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The collapse of Imperial rule in the West to the rise of Mediaeval Europe will be covered. Provisional lesson titles: 
1. The Barbarians before 378: A Lurking Presence 
2. The Fall of the Western Empire 
3. The Progress of Christianity 
4. The Goths in Italy 
5. The Vandals and Visigoths 
6. Trade, Climate, Plague and Islam 
7. The Lombards in Italy 
8. The End of Britain and the Birth of England 
9. Barbarian Laws and Customs 
10. Educated Barbarians: Bede, Paul, Alcuin 
11. The Birth of a New Civilisation .

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

By the end of the course you should have a broad understanding of a set of political and social changes that continue to shape how the various peoples of Western Europe see themselves and each other. .

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is open to everyone and does not assume any previous knowledge on the topic. As the course is taught in English, please read the outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support with your English skills to help you take part fully in this class. .

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be fully on-line, and there is no preparation work needed. .

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Bring writing material.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Any other Ancient and Classical civilisations course.

Sean Gabb

Sean has been teaching Greek and Latin for a very long time, and he loves what he does. While not doing that, he's made the time to write around forty books. These include twelve historical novels, by "Richard Blake," and published by Hodder & Stoughton. They also include editions of Book VI of "The Aeneid," the "Historia Langobardorum" of Paul the Deacon, and various parts of St Jerome's Latin version of The New Testament. One of his science fiction novels was nominated for the 2015 Prometheus Award.

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