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The Fall of Rome and Its Myth

Informacje ogólne

Kod przedmiotu: 2500-OG-EN-FRIM Kod Erasmus / ISCED: (brak danych) / (0222) Historia i archeologia
Nazwa przedmiotu: The Fall of Rome and Its Myth
Jednostka: Wydział Humanistyczny
Punkty ECTS i inne: 3.00
Język prowadzenia: angielski
Wymagania wstępne:

(tylko po angielsku) None.

Całkowity nakład pracy studenta:

(tylko po angielsku) Contact hours with teacher:


- participation discussion seminar – 20 hrs

- consultations- 30 hrs

Self-study hours:


- preparation for discussion seminar - 20 hrs

- preparation to the final examination - 20 hrs

Altogether: 90 hrs (3 ECTS)

Efekty uczenia się - wiedza:

(tylko po angielsku) Student

W1: has advanced knowledge of the political system of the late Roman empire and of social, cultural and religious transformations characteristic for this period of the Roman history (K_W09)

Efekty uczenia się - umiejętności:

(tylko po angielsku) Student

U1: can search, analyze, evaluate the primary sources on the late Roman history and has the ability to use the secondary literature in an informed and critical manner (K_U01)

Efekty uczenia się - kompetencje społeczne:

(tylko po angielsku) Student

K1: understands the significance of the late Roman history for the development of the European societies and is sensitive to the reception of late Roman empire and the story of its fall in the modern and contemporary culture

Metody dydaktyczne:

(tylko po angielsku) Expository teaching methods:

- participatory lecture

Exploratory teaching methods:

- seminar

- classic problem-solving

Metody dydaktyczne podające:

- wykład problemowy

Metody dydaktyczne poszukujące:

- klasyczna metoda problemowa
- seminaryjna

Skrócony opis: (tylko po angielsku)

The course is devoted to the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century and the historiographical, philosophical, and cultural concepts which emerged as responses and reactions to this event in the Western culture from the Middle Ages to contemporary times.

Pełny opis: (tylko po angielsku)

The complex historical process that transformed the forms of governance and social organization in the West of Europe from the fifth to the seventh century was conceptualized in the European historical, political and cultural traditions as „the fall of Rome”. The idea of the collapse of the great empire was not an innocent description of the „historical facts” but a powerful philosophical and historiographical construct that was variously employed in the following centuries up to contemporary times. During the course, we will investigate four main motives which recur in various retellings and explanations of the „fall of Rome”: a) stagnation and decadence; b) the barbarian invasions; c) Christianity; d) resilience. We will examine the genealogy of these concepts in the primary sources, their development in the modern interpretations and their reverberations in contemporary culture.

Literatura: (tylko po angielsku)

The primary sources:

Ammianus Marcellinus, Res gestae

Augustine of Hippo, The City of God

Orosius, History against the pagans

Procopius, Wars

Salvian of Marseille, On the Governance of God

Theodosian Code

Victor of Vita, History of the Vandal Persecution

also: the Latin chronicles from the 4th to 6th centuries and the selected letters of Augustine, Jerome, Sidonius Apollinaris, Ruricius of Limoges, Ennodius of Pavia, Cassiodorus

late Latin poetry: Prudentius, Orientius, Dracontius, Venantius Fortunatus

The scholarship on the late Roman empire and the fall:

Brown, P. R. L., The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity, Oxford 2003

Cameron A., The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity AD 395–600, London 1993

Geary P., The Myth of Nations: the Mediaeval Origins of Europe, Princeton 2002

Halsall, G., Barbarian Migrations and the Roman West 376–568, Cambridge 2007

Jones, A.H.M., The Later Roman Empire 284–602: A Social, Economic and Administrative Survey, Oxford 1964

Ward-Perkins, B., The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization, Oxford 2006

Wickham, C., Framing the Early Middle Ages: Europe and the Mediterranean 400–800, Oxford 2004

The reception:

W. H. Auden, selected poems and prose

Douthat R., The Decadent Society: How We Became Victims of Our Own Success, New York 2020

Dreher R., The Benedict Option, New York 2017

Duggan A., The Little Emperors, London 1951

Gibbon E., The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman empire, London 1788

We will also look at newspaper articles, tv interviews, comic books and graphic novels, and other cultural texts which showcase how differently „the fall of Rome” functions in the contemporary Western culture.

Metody i kryteria oceniania: (tylko po angielsku)

Assessment methods:

– activity during the class – U1, K1

– written examination – W1

Assessment criteria:

The final grade consists of the assessment of class participation (50%) and the result of the written test at the end of the semester (50%). Both requirements have to be met to receive a grade.

The student is expected to attend class regularly: those that miss more than 50% or more of their classes (unexcused) will receive an F. The student is also expected to prepare reading assignments at home to contribute to discussions in class.

Grading scale of the written test:

fail - 15 pts or less (50%)

satisfactory – 16–19 pts (53–63%)

satisfactory plus- 19–21 pts (63–70%)

good – 22–24 pts (73–80%)

good plus- 24–26 pts (83–87%)

very good- 27–30 pts (87–100%)

Praktyki zawodowe: (tylko po angielsku)

not applicable

Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr letni 2021/22" (jeszcze nie rozpoczęty)

Okres: 2022-02-28 - 2022-09-20
Wybrany podział planu:

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Typ zajęć: Konwersatorium, 20 godzin więcej informacji
Koordynatorzy: Marta Szada
Prowadzący grup: Marta Szada
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