640008 PS Ancient History: Everyday History in Late Antiquity

winter semester 2021/2022 | Last update: 04.11.2021 Place course on memo list
640008
PS Ancient History: Everyday History in Late Antiquity
PS 2
5
weekly
each semester
German

Students will acquire basic skills that are required when working with sources from antiquity. At the end of the course, they will have experience with analysing and interpreting these sources. They will also be able to use standard techniques of research and writing.

This course is about daily life in mediterranean Late Antiquity, from 300 to 600 CE.


Religion and family, crops and trade, networks and careers are all regular parts of life – in Late Antiquity just as well as today. The identity and living standards of people in the Mediterranean was by no means solely dependant on the usual suspects in ancient history, that is politics, diplomacy, and of course war. This impression presents itself to most casual observers, which is at least partly due to our ancient sources’ primary points of interest. An important distortive factor is the way research is done, with a focus on central actors and events and their supposed importance for the lives of everybody else. We will try to not let ourselves be dragged towards these central points of interest. Instead, we will keep our eyes on long-term developments and a wide range of phenomena. Our goal will be to see life (and death) in Late Antiquity, as it was lived by the whole spectrum of society.


Additionally, we will observe daily life in academia by reading one book as a whole (Kristina Sessa, Daily Life in Late Antiquity, Cambridge 2018) over the course of the semester. We will use it to discuss good writing, the dissemination of knowledge, and other related topics.

Combination of guided reading and discussions, short presentations and group work.

Exercises, participation, written paper.

Kristina Sessa, Daily Life in Late Antiquity, Cambridge 2018

Kate Cooper, The Fall of the Roman Household, Cambridge 2007

461: positive assessment of compulsory module 1

Maximum up to 25 participants.

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Date Time Location
Wed 2021-10-06
16.00 - 17.30 Atrium - SR 4 Atrium - SR 4 Barrier-free Präsenztermin
Wed 2021-10-13
16.00 - 17.30 Atrium - SR 4 Atrium - SR 4 Barrier-free Präsenztermin
Wed 2021-10-20
16.00 - 17.30 Atrium - SR 4 Atrium - SR 4 Barrier-free Präsenztermin
Wed 2021-10-27
16.00 - 17.30 Atrium - SR 4 Atrium - SR 4 Barrier-free Präsenztermin
Wed 2021-11-03
16.00 - 17.30 Atrium - SR 4 Atrium - SR 4 Barrier-free Präsenztermin
Wed 2021-11-10
16.00 - 17.30 Atrium - SR 4 Atrium - SR 4 Barrier-free Präsenztermin
Wed 2021-11-17
16.00 - 17.30 Atrium - SR 4 Atrium - SR 4 Barrier-free Präsenztermin
Wed 2021-11-24
16.00 - 17.30 Atrium - SR 4 Atrium - SR 4 Barrier-free Präsenztermin
Wed 2021-12-01
16.00 - 17.30 Atrium - SR 4 Atrium - SR 4 Barrier-free Präsenztermin
Wed 2021-12-15
16.00 - 17.30 Atrium - SR 4 Atrium - SR 4 Barrier-free Präsenztermin
Wed 2022-01-12
16.00 - 17.30 Atrium - SR 4 Atrium - SR 4 Barrier-free Präsenztermin
Wed 2022-01-19
16.00 - 17.30 Atrium - SR 4 Atrium - SR 4 Barrier-free Präsenztermin
Wed 2022-01-26
16.00 - 17.30 Atrium - SR 4 Atrium - SR 4 Barrier-free Präsenztermin
Wed 2022-02-02
16.00 - 17.30 Atrium - SR 4 Atrium - SR 4 Barrier-free Präsenztermin