• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Ancient History
  • Areas of interest Classics and Ancient History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Christopher Bishop
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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Since Gibbon’s publication of "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire", discourse on the later Roman Empire, and the era that followed, has been dominated by narratives of deterioration and decay — and yet a close examination of Late Antiquity reveals a vibrant, innovative confluence of cultures that produced a nexus of philosophical, literary and artistic triumphs.  This was also the period in which Roman laws were codified, promulgated and copied as never before, while Europeans adapted to the new faiths of Christianity and Islam.  In many ways, modern Europe began in Late Antiquity.  This course will offer students a chance to interact critically with that moment when classical civilization evolved into medieval Europe.         

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Read sources from Late Antiquity critically.
  2. Research and write about Europe during Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages.
  3. Construct and criticise arguments.
  4. Effectively present material orally and in writing.
  5. Understand the ways other societies differ from our own.
  6. Understand the ways in which Roman practices (especially law, literature, philosophy and theatre) passed into European culture.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation (10%) — LO 1, 3, 5 and 6.
Tutorial presentation (10 mins) and written report (1–2 pp) (10%) — LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Mid-semester test (1-hr) (15%) — LO  1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
2000-word research essay (35%) — LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
2-hour examination (30%) — LO 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

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Two one- hour lectures and a one-hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study per week over the semester (total 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed a minimum of 12 units of Ancient History (ANCH), Archaeology (ARCH), Classics (CLAS) or History (HIST) courses, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANCH6026.

Prescribed Texts

Roger Collins, Early Medieval Europe 300–1000 (London: Palgrave, 2012)




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9711 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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