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Undergraduate Course: Art in Europe 0-1000CE (LLLA07269)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryStudy 1000 years of Art History in 10 weeks. Taking a century per week, this course looks at the later Greek and Roman Empires, the art of Byzantium and the Iberian peninsula, and the effects of migrations, new empires and kingdoms such as the Vikings, Carolingians and Ottonians.
Course description Academic description

This is part of a series of three courses introducing students to 3000 years of European art, with each course focusing on a 1000-year period. The courses can be taken independently of each other, but can also be taken in sequence to provide a wide-ranging overview of art across three millennia. By focusing on 100 years in each class, this series of courses moves away from the traditional art historical emphases, and allows a longer, and more nuanced view of art history.

This course surveys the period from 0-1000CE. Beginning with late antiquity, the course will explore the art of the later Greek and Roman Empires, alongside other significant cultures of the time, such as Iberia and Byzantium. The art of the age of migration will be examined in the context of Germanic and Gothic movements; and the varying styles and subjects of early medieval kingdoms and empires - Merovingians, Anglo Saxons, Vikings, Carolingians and Ottonians. The rich variety of unique and shared developing styles and techniques will be compared across this broad geographical and chronological survey.

Outline content

0-100 Hellenistic period, Roman empire, Iberian culture
100-200 Roman empire, Iberian culture, Northern Roman Iron Age
200-300 Roman empire, Northern Roman Iron Age, Gothic migrations
300-400 Byzantine empire, Germanic migrations, Western Roman Empire
400-500 Anglo-Saxon migration, Visigoth kingdom, Ostrogoth kingdom
500-600 Byzantine art
600-700 Merovingian art
700-800 Insular art, Anglo-Saxon art
800-900 Viking art, Carolingian art
900-1000 Ottonian art

Student learning experience

The course will be taught via lectures combined with class discussion. Students will be introduced to a variety of visual sources and will be guided in close visual analysis and in analysis of sources across a range of times, places and styles.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. conduct a methodological analysis of selected artworks from the period 0-1000CE
  2. recognise and describe the work of various European styles and cultures
  3. discuss broad trends in the history of European art from 0-1000CE.
Reading List
Honour, H. & Fleming, J., 2009. A World History of Art. Rev. 7th. London: Laurence King.
Graham-Campbell, J. & Valor, M., 2007. The Archaeology of Medieval Europe: Eighth to Twelfth Centuries AD v. 1. Aarhus: Lancaster, [England]: Aarhus University Press; Gazelle Drake Academic [distributor].
Johnson, S.F., 2012. The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Cormack, R., Haldon, J.F. & Jeffreys, E., 2008. The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Coulston, J.C., Dodge, H. & Trinity College. Centre for Mediterranean Near Eastern Studies, 2000. Ancient Rome: the Archaeology of the Eternal City, Oxford: Oxford University School of Archaeology.
Arnold, J.H., 2014. The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Analysis of sources
- Debate and critical analysis
- Oral discussion
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Sally Crumplin
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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