Barbarians In The Mediterranean: Italy And Spain C450-C.750 (Ma(Hons)) HIST4046

  • Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will focus on the transformation of late Roman culture and identity in its Mediterranean heartlands under the impact of barbarian and Arabic 'invasion'. It is concerned not with political history as such, but with investigating questions of ethnicity and cultural identity at a time of great upheaval. It will explore the problematic nature of ethnic identity, the concept of 'barbarian' (using a range of evidence from Gothic myths to modern films including Gladiator) and the fate of imperial cities such as Rome and Ravenna.


Students will also have the chance to recreate the trial of a Roman senator at the court of a Gothic king in a specially devised seminar. 


At least two hours per week. This is one of the honours options in History and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into History, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes.



Coursework - class essay (2,000 words) (20%)

Coursework - seminar presentation (6%) seminar contribution (4%)

Examination - 120 minutes duration (70%)

Main Assessment In: April/May