M-STO/01 - 9 CFU - 2° Semester

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Learning Objectives

The course provides students with knowledge to understand the main events of the Middle Ages and to develop a critical judgment about the themes related to this age.

Course Structure


Detailed Course Content

Analysis of the main events and the most significant historiographical themes of the Middle Ages, including: the formation of the Roman-Barbarian kingdoms; Byzantine and Lombard Italy; the Carolingian age; feudalism; the Ottonian empire; the development of cities; the religious and political framework of the Reform of the Church; the crusades and the ideology of the holy war; Frederick II and southern Italy; the relationship between temporal power and spiritual power in the late Middle Ages; the Church and Italy in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries; evangelization in the Early Middle Ages; medieval imaginary and symbolism.

Textbook Information

General course:

1) G. Vitolo, Medioevo. I caratteri originali di un’età di transizione, Sansoni, Milano, 2000, pp. 1-510.

2) P. Cammarosano, Guida allo studio della storia medievale, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2004, pp. 3-107.


Monographic course:

3) E. Piazza, Re e santi, pagani e missionari. Itinerari di evangelizzazione nell’alto Medioevo (secc. IV-IX), Bonanno Editore, Acireale-Roma, 2013, pp. 11-37; 75-138.

4) C. Urso, La mentalità medievale fra immaginario e simbolismo, Mario Adda, Bari, 2016, pp. 19-234.


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