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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
MODERN PHILOLOGY
Course unit
HISTORY OF THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES
LE07120484, A.A. 2015/16

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2015/16

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
MODERN PHILOLOGY
LE0611, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2015/16
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Degree course track FILOLOGIA E CRITICA [001PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HISTORY OF THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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
LE08120484 HISTORY OF THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES MARIA CRISTINA LA ROCCA LE0607

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-STO/01 Mediaeval History 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 28/09/2015
End of activities 23/01/2016
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 Commissione 2016/17 01/12/2016 30/11/2018 LA ROCCA MARIA CRISTINA (Presidente)
VERONESE FRANCESCO (Membro Effettivo)
DE ANGELIS GIANMARCO (Supplente)
5 Commissione 2015/16 01/10/2015 30/11/2016 LA ROCCA MARIA CRISTINA (Presidente)
BETTI MADDALENA (Membro Effettivo)
VERONESE FRANCESCO (Supplente)

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 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: The making of an early medieval king's biography. Berengar Ist (c.845-924) between the Venetian region, the Kingdom and the Empire: networks, ennemies, powers.
The course will first analyze various recent perspective in building up a biography and its usefulness in historical research. Berengar will be examined through the different perspectives of early medieval sources and conflicting historiographical interpretations. Traditionally Berengar was considered as representative of a very anarchic time (the 10 century), unsuccesful in war, submitted to local aristocracies, symbol of the disintegration of Carolingia public power. This view has been recently challenged, interpreting his actions as a very efficient way for building up a powerful network, using the tools of public power.
The course will be articulated in 3 parts:
1. Meanings and significance of historical biography; why Berengar (historiography; parental group, regional context)
2. Berengar becoming king of Italy: the choice of a capital in the north-east region; the construction of new places and spaces of power.
3. Berengar becoming emperor and his death. An invisible emperor? Berengar the 'martyr' and his memory.
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 debates. Texts and sources will be available 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)
  • Tabacco, Giovanni, Egemonie sociali e strutture del potere nel Medioevo italiano. Torino: Einaudi, 1979. Capitolo 4, par.2, pp. 189-206 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Rosenwein, Barbara H., Negotiating space. Power, restraint and privileges of immunity in early medieval Europe. Manchester: Manchester university press, 1999. Introduction: pp. 1-24; cap. 7, pp. 137-155 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Girolamo Arnaldi, Berengario, in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, 9, pp. 1-26. Roma: Istituto per l'Enciclopedia Italiana, 1967. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Giuseppe Albertoni, Introduzione a: Gesta Berengarii: scontro per il regno nell'italia del X secolo. Pisa: Pacini, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Gasparri, Stefano; La_Rocca, Cristina, Tempi barbarici. L'Europa occidentale tra antichit√† e medioevo (300-900). Roma: Carocci, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo