HISTORY OF THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES

Second cycle degree in HISTORICAL SCIENCES (Ord. 2017)

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: First Semester

Lecturer: MARIA CRISTINA LA ROCCA

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 9


Syllabus
Prerequisites: A general knowledge of the problems and specific issues of Medieval History is required. A basic knowledge of Latin language is appreciated as the course will also deal with the analysis of primary sources.A basic knowledge of written French is also appreciated.
Examination methods: Oral exam
Course unit contents: Course Title: Dreams of power and the power of dreams between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (300-1100 ca.)
Sleeping and dreaming were a constant issue of anxiety during the Early Middle Ages. They were important chances for getting in touch with other worlds and realities, but they also were a key of contesting power and rulers. Of course our evidence is composed by written reports on dreams, a genre that was used with a variable frequency and a variety of goals. Since Patristic authors, dreams became both the context of actions, words and even orders that could not take place in the 'material' world, and privileged media for designing real life actions, tht is to project the future. The course is divided in three parts: in the first part (tradition), models of interpreting dreams deriving from Antiquity will be exhamined. In the second part: the setting of dreams,the identity of the dreamers and of the writers of dream will be studied. In the third part (political dreams)the specificity of Carolingian political dreams will be analysed.