SUN course: Luminosus Limes: Geographical, Ethnic, Social and Cultural Frontiers in Late Antiquity

June 29, 2015 - 09:00 - July 4, 2015 - 16:00
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Marianne Sághy
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Department of Medieval Studies

This course explores the dynamic transformation of classical frontiers between the second and the sixth century from a multidisciplinary perspective: archaeology, social and cultural history, art, theology, and literature. Frontiers have become increasingly significant in the study of Late Antiquity, the fastest growing historical discipline, as scholars recognized the fundamental importance of shifting barriers in the process of transformation that led from the classical to the post-classical world. Frontiers once firmly separating empires, ethnic groups, religions, friends and even the sexes have been intensely crossed in late antiquity – a phenomenon comparable only to the recent transition from modernity to post-modernity (a comparison that we intend to exploit in our methodology). People living in the Roman world between the second and the sixth century tore down many walls demarcating cultures, religions, ethnicities. Offering a groundbreaking approach to the field of border studies including social, gender, ethnic and religious categories with the participation of outstanding scholars in the field, this course will provide students with a solid knowledge of up-to-date international scholarship on frontiers: a strong theoretical background as well as hands-on acquaintance with physical borders and material artifacts excavated along the limes.


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