The Birth of Medieval Europe: Interactions of Power Zones and their Cultures in Late Antique and Ear
|Event Date/Time: Jul 16, 2007||End Date/Time: Jul 27, 2007|
|Registration Date: Feb 14, 2007|
The course will focus on four major issues, starting from the local-regional context of one of the most important power centres of the period (Ravenna and Rome). Until very recently the main emphasis of research was connected to the artistic monuments of Ravenna (mosaics), but recent studies have started to focus on economic and topographic issues and on their impact on the later Medieval period. Second, the local regional aspect will be incorporated into an Italian panorama of the period, with the main questions centering on the interactions of different power zones and cultural centres. In this part, the interaction of Late Antique (Roman) heritage, its Byzantine transformation, and the emergence of the new power centre will also be discussed in the context of "Barbarian" invasions and the arrival of new ethnic groups (Goths, Lombards, etc.) The third main block of lectures and discussions will focus on the general interpretation of the period from a European-wide perspective, and the new research data derived from the archaeological project in Ravenna will be compared with the general historical debates mentioned in the introduction. Finally, discussion will turn to the afterlife of these places and sites, covering the extent to which this Late Antique archaeological and architectural heritage was reinterpreted, transformed, and re-utilised in the Late Medieval period.
The course is designed for postgraduate students and for scholars with previous knowledge gained in at least one aspect of the course (the Roman period, the early Middle Ages, continuity problems, etc.) The course themes and its program structure have been designed for specialists in ancient history, Late Classical and Early Medieval history, archaeology, art history, and/or church history. Academics in the field of religious studies, Byzantine studies, Italian studies, and European studies are also among the expected applicants for the course. As one important aspect of the course is the interpretation of cultural heritage monuments, specialists in this field working in heritage institutions are also potential participants in the course.