Medieval History, History of Christianity and Churches [Sede TN] (2015/2016)

Course code
4S001216
Credits
12
Coordinator
Giuseppe Albertoni
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
STORIA DEL CRISTIANESIMO E DELLE CHIESE 6 M-STO/07-HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY AND OF CHURCHES II semestre sede Trento Vincenza Zangara
STORIA MEDIEVALE 6 M-STO/01-MEDIEVAL HISTORY II semestre sede Trento Giuseppe Albertoni

Learning outcomes

Module: STORIA DEL CRISTIANESIMO E DELLE CHIESE
-------
The course aims relies on the exemplary case of Germanus of Auxerre to show the new and different functions which the bishops’ power had to assume in the V-century Gaul in the context of the increasing decline of the Western Empire and the consolidation of local barbarian peoples.


Module: STORIA MEDIEVALE
-------
The aim of the course is to provide students with the skills to carry out individual research on Medieval History.

Syllabus

Module: STORIA DEL CRISTIANESIMO E DELLE CHIESE
-------
Germanus was bishop of Auxerre approximately between 420 and 450. What we know about him can be read in a biography written by the priest Constantius of Lyon around 480, upon request by his bishop Patiens, in order to celebrate Germanus’s holiness and deeds. Through a critical reading of the biography – one which addresses the specific features of the writing as well as of the ecclesiastical and political context in which it was formulated, considering that this context differs from that of the portrayed character – we aim to reconstruct the possible models and dynamics which partook in shaping the bishops’ power in V-century Gaul.

Basic Reading
Constance de Lyon, Vie de saint Germain d'Auxerre. Par R. Borius (Sources chrétiennes, 112), Paris, du Cerf, 1965.
Costanzo di Lione, Vita di Germano di Auxerre. Traduzione e note a cura di E. Arborio Mella (Collana di testi patristici, 240), Roma, Città Nuova, 2015.
M. Miele, La "Vita Germani" di Costanzo di Lione: realtà storica e prospettive storiografiche nella Gallia del V secolo, in "Atti della Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei", 393 (1996). Classe di Scienze Morali, Storiche e Filologiche. Memorie. Serie IX, Vol. VII, Fasc. 2, pp. 131-242.
L. Pietri, La Gallia, in Le Chiese d'Oriente e d'Occidente. (432-610). A cura di L. Pietri (Storia del cristianesimo. Religione-Politica-Cultura, 3), Roma, Borla/Città Nuova, 2002, pp. 210-243.

Other Information

Program for not attending students:
- Lecture notes;
- Costanzo di Lione, Vita di Germano di Auxerre; Traduzione e note a cura di E. Arborio Mella (Collana di testi patristici, 240), Roma, Città Nuova, 2015.
- M. Miele, La "Vita Germani" di Costanzo di Lione: realtà storica e prospettive storiografiche nella Gallia del V secolo, in "Atti della Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei", 393 (1996). Classe di Scienze Morali, Storiche e Filologiche. Memorie. Serie IX, Vol. VII, Fasc. 2, pp. 131-242;
- L. Pietri, La Gallia, in Le Chiese d'Oriente e d'Occidente. (432-610). A cura di L. Pietri (Storia del cristianesimo. Religione-Politica-Cultura, 3), Roma, Borla/Città Nuova, 2002, pp. 210-243.

Not attending students will have to establish the examination programm with the Professor.


Module: STORIA MEDIEVALE
-------
The lectures will be dedicated to the role of the war in the Frankish Society in the Age of Charlemagne. In particular it will be studied the Military campaigns of Charlemagne and their ideological context.
Bibliography:
S. WEINFURTER, Carlo Magno. Il santo barbaro, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015.
EGINARDO, Vita Karoli. "Personalità e imprese di un re grandissimo e di meritatissima fama", a cura di P. Chiesa, Firenze, Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2014.
One chapter or essay from the following books:
B. S. BACHRACH, Early carolingian warfare: prelude to empire, Philadelphia, University of Pennsilvania Press, 2001.
G. HALSALL (ed.),Violence and society in the early medieval West, Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 1998.
G. HALSALL, Warfare and society in the barbarian West, London et al., Routledge, 2003.

S. GASPARRI, C. LA ROCCA, Tempi barbarici. L'Europa occidentale tra antichità e medioevo (300-900),Roma, Carocci, 2012 (only for students who have never taken an exam in Medieval history).

Assessment methods and criteria

Module: STORIA DEL CRISTIANESIMO E DELLE CHIESE
-------
Oral examination


Module: STORIA MEDIEVALE
-------
Written paper and oral examination. The paper must be sent to the Professor at least three days before the examination.