20 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: Pass in at least two Level One History Units HST112-119

Aims/Description: This module examines how family concepts and family life were affected by the two phenomena that changed ancient society beyond recognition: Christianisation and the establishment of `Barbarian┐ kingdoms on Roman territory. To study the period of late antiquity from the point of view of the family is a particularly fruitful way of understanding these changes, as for most late antique men and women their family was their most immediate and most important life experience. Throughout the module we will explore crucial aspects of the late antique household: settlement patterns, family finances, intergenerational relationships, marriage, gender roles, childhood and forms of family commemoration. We will pay particular attention to strategies families developed to safeguard their identity and their livelihood at a time of major social and cultural upheaval.

Staff Contact: Rebecca Phipps
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Practical

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