• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Ancient History
  • Areas of interest Classics and Ancient History, History, European Studies

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. Yet while the western Roman empire ceased to exist as a political entity after the late fifth century, new successor kingdoms emerged in its place with their own understanding of the Roman legacy. This was also the period which saw the emergence of Christianity as a state religion, prompting major new ecclesiastical building projects, the foundation of new communities, and the rise of charismatic religious figures. This examination of Late Antiquity reveals a vibrant, innovative confluence of political, literary, and artistic cultures.     

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate superior critical skills in reading sources from Late Antiquity;
  2. research and write about Europe during Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages;
  3. construct and criticise arguments, and effectively present well-argued material orally and in writing;
  4. demonstrate a good understanding of the ways other societies differ from our own; and
  5. demonstrate a clear understanding of the ways in which Roman practices passed into European culture.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Tutorial presentation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Tutorial paper (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Research essay (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Final Examination (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  6. Progress Quiz (5) [LO 1,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 32 hours of contact over 11 weeks: 22 hours of lectures and 10 hours of tutorials; b) 98 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANCH2026.

Prescribed Texts

To be confirmed by lecturer via Wattle.


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6.00 0.12500
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2022 $3840
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2022 $5700
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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
7555 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View

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