Empire: Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Studies

A tapestry depicting Charlemagne and his son, who later became known as Louis the Pious.

Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great, was titled King of the Franks and Lombards and Emperor of the Romans. In this 9th century tapestry, he is shown with his son, Louis the Pious. (Grandes Chroniques de France, BnF Français 73, fol. 128v. This image is in the public domain.)


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21H.007J / 21L.014J

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Fall 2012



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This course is an investigation of the Roman empire of Augustus, the Frankish empire of Charlemagne, and the English empire in the age of the Hundred Years War. Students examine different types of evidence, read across a variety of disciplines, and develop skills to identify continuities and changes in ancient and medieval societies. Each term this course is different, looking at different materials from a variety of domains to explore ancient and mideveal studies. This version is a capture of the course as it was taught in 2012, and does not reflect how it is taught currently.

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Arthur Bahr, William Broadhead, and Eric Goldberg. 21H.007J Empire: Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Studies. Fall 2012. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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