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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
HISTORICAL SCIENCES
Course unit
HISTORY OF THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES
SUP7078657, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
HISTORICAL SCIENCES (Ord. 2017)
LE0607, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HISTORY OF THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES
Website of the academic structure http://www.dissgea.unipd.it/
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge MARIA CRISTINA LA ROCCA M-STO/01

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
SUP7080217 HISTORY OF THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES MARIA CRISTINA LA ROCCA IA1862
SUP7078118 HISTORY OF THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES MARIA CRISTINA LA ROCCA LE0612
SUP7078118 HISTORY OF THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES MARIA CRISTINA LA ROCCA LE0613
SUP7078118 HISTORY OF THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES MARIA CRISTINA LA ROCCA LE0611
SUP7078118 HISTORY OF THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES MARIA CRISTINA LA ROCCA LE0616

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-STO/01 Mediaeval History 9.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 03/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

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.
Target skills and knowledge: Developing skills in historically framing the examined phenomenon in terms of the different written and material evidence; in examining the different historiographical interpretations; in analyzing early medieval texts in terms of their vocabulary, textual tradition and various meanings over time; in comparing written evidence to archaeological results.
Examination methods: Oral exam
Assessment criteria: Acquired skills in historically framing the examined phenomenon in terms of the different written and material evidence; in examining the different historiographical interpretations; in analyzing early medieval texts in terms of their vocabulary, textual tradition and their various meanings over time; in comparing written evidence to archaeological results will be evaluated. Finally the proper use of terminology of historiographical debates will be evaluated.
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.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: After a first group of frontal teaching lessons (about 20 hours), the following teaching hours will proceed with a seminar structure that will include the reading of texts by individual students and collective discussions. Texts and sources will be available to students on the Moodle Platform
Additional notes about suggested reading: Bibliography listed below at point'Testi di riferimento' is concerning the students who will not attend the course. Instead Sources and papers for the seminar lectures and the attending students will be available on the Moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Dutton, Paul Edward, The politics of dreaming in the Carolingian empire. Lincoln: University of Nebraska press, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Keskiaho, Jesse, Dreams and visions in the early Middle Agesthe reception and use of patristic ideas, 400-900J. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • Gasparri, Stefano; La_Rocca, Cristina, Tempi barbaricil'Europa occidentale tra antichit√† e medioevo (300-900). Roma: Carocci, 2012.