6AACHI62 The Fall of the Roman Empire
Credit value: 15
Module convenor/tutor 2018/19: Dr James Corke-Webster & Dr Eoin O'Donoghue
Teaching pattern: 10 x 1 hour lectures & 10 x 1 hour seminars (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 3000 word essay (100%) - with formative commentary submitted for preliminary comment.
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 considers the third century of the Roman Empire, from the death of Septimius Severus, the first emperor of the Severan dynasty, in 211AD, to the death of the first Christian emperor, Constantine, in 337AD. This is the period long seen as the "Third Century Crisis", a supposed dark age where our evidence becomes thin on the ground, followed by an administrative revolution, in Diocletian's tetrarchy, and a religious revolution, in Constantine's conversion to Christianity.
The module will consider the changing role and image of the emperor and his family in this period, the evolution of Rome's relationship with the provinces and the provincials, changing cultural and religious standards, the problems the imperial system faced and the solutions it developed. Through detailed analysis of the diverse sources for this period, and engagement with both classic and cutting edge scholarship, students will assess for themselves whether this century is better conceived as the fall of classical Rome, or the birth of late antiquity.