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Level 5

5AACHI50 The Late Roman World, AD 337-425

Credit value: 15
Module convenor/tutor: Dr Ioannis Papadogiannakis
Teaching pattern 2019/20: 1-hour lecture and 1-hour seminar (weekly, over 10 weeks).
Teaching pattern pre-2019/20: 2 x 2-hour seminars (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year

Assessment 2019/20: 1 x 2,500 word essay (100%)

Assessment pre 2019/20

2 x essay of 2,000 words (higher marked essay is weighted at 70%, while the lower is weighted at 30%)


Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

This module will introduce you to the history of a hundred-year period from the emperor Constantine’s death to the reign of the emperor Theodosius II. This is one of the pivotal centuries of Roman history, characterised varyingly by historians as a time of transformation, rupture, and continuity.

During this century, Christianity moved from being a sporadically persecuted minority religion to a faith promoted and eventually enforced by emperors; political and economic activities were brought under pressure by the movement of peoples within and without the empire’s borders; and the old rhythms of aristocratic cultural and social life had to accommodate both ascetic and episcopal demands and priorities.

Suggested introductory reading:

This is suggested reading and purchase of these books is not mandatory.

  • A. Cameron and P. Garnsey (eds), The Late Empire AD 337- 425, The Cambridge Ancient History vol. 13 (1998)
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