Course Description

Course Name

Romans and Barbarians

Session: VLNF3423

Hours & Credits

20 UK Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Assessment: essay (2500 words) [50%], oral exam (15 min.) [50%]
The relationship with the ?Other?, the barbarian, the foreigner, was constitutive for the identity of the Romans. Ethnographical literature had already a significant Greek tradition when it was adopted by Roman writers. Reading the texts about the ?Others?, be they enemies, distant and curious peoples or direct neighbours can tell us a lot not only about these peoples on the fringes of the Roman world but even more about perceptions and self-definitions of the Romans. Barbarians were also an important theme in Roman art fulfilling significant functions in public and private displays.

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