M-STO/01 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

The teaching allows students to acquire a picture of the fundamental events of the Middle Ages and to critically analyze the main historigraphic themes of this era.

Course Structure


Detailed Course Content

The formation of the Roman-Barbarian kingdoms; Early Medieval Italy; the Carolingian age and feudalism; the Ottonian empire; the religious and political framework of the Reform of the Church; the Crusades; Frederick II; the relationship between temporal power and spiritual power in the Late Middle Ages; Sicily in medieval imaginary.

Textbook Information

General course:

1) G. Vitolo, Medioevo. I caratteri originali di un’età di transizione, Sansoni, Milano, 2000, pp. 3-179; 228-356; 392-431; 473-487.

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


Monographic course:

3) E. Piazza, Tra l’Etna e Cariddi. La Sicilia nell’immaginario altomedievale, Mario Adda, Bari, 2019, pp. 31-117.


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

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