Undergraduate Units of Study

MDST2616 - Medieval Historians and Historiography

Semester 2, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Vrasidas Karalis


This unit covers the historiographical tradition starting with fall of Rome (410) and ending with the beginning of the Renaissance. It focuses on historians from various traditions, Western European, Byzantine and Muslim and studies their books in detail, within the context of the overall medieval understanding of writing history. It examines various genres, such as chronography, lives of rulers, hagiography, travel writing and history proper. It explores the personalities of specific historians and their appreciation by their contemporaries.


1x3000wd essay (50%), 1x2000wd essay (35%), 1x1000wd seminar presentation and write up (15%)


1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


18 junior credit points from Table A, of which 12 credit points are from one subject area

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