M-STO/01 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff


Course Structure

The course structure will be based on frontal lectures, but students will be expected to contribute actively to the discussion on the topic under consideration with questions. and answers. The frontal teaching will be supported by power point slides and other tools. The material presented in class (PowerPoint slides, sources, essays) will be available for download at the Studium platform.

Detailed Course Content

A. (CFU 2)

Transformation:s from the Roman World to the Middle Ages.

The Longobards.

The Franks.

Justinian I: ‘Last Roman’?

Rise and propagation of Islam.

B. (CFU 4)

Feudalism: historiographical essay topics.

Emperors and Bishops: Conflict of Investitures and Catholic Restoration.

God and War: the Crusades.

An Italian history: the Transformation of Medieval communes.

Norman Conquest of Southern Italy.

The Origins and Ealy History of Nation States.

Textbook Information

1. Massimo Montanari, Storia Medievale, Laterza 2006, pp. 279;

2. Grado Giovanni Merlo, Il cristianesimo medievale in Occidente, Laterza 2012, pp. 205.


Students will have to choose one of the following books:

-V. D’Alessandro, Città e campagne nella Sicilia medievale, CLUEB 2010, pp. 200.

- P. M. Cobb, La conquista del Paradiso. Una storia islamica delle crociate, Einaudi 2016, pp. 347.

- Leslie Brubaker L'invenzione dell'iconoclasmo bizantino, Viella 2016, pp. 172.

- M. Congiu-S. Modeo (eds.), Nelle terre dei normanni. La Sicilia tra Ruggero I e Federico II, Sciascia 2016, pp. 160.

- A. Vanoli, La Sicilia musulmana, Il Mulino 2016, pp. 229.

- C. Frugoni, Vita di un uomo: Francesco d'Assisi, Einaudi, Torino 20012, pp. X+172.

- H. Houben, I Normanni, Il Mulino 2013, pp. 141.


Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

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