Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

Statues to Saints: The Art of Late Antiquity

Module V4014A

Module details for 2017/18.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

The module begins in 313, with the Edict of Milan, when Constantine the Great declared Christianity to be the official religion of the Roman Empire, and runs until 565, the death of the emperor Justinian I. This period covers what is known as "Late Antiquity" or "Early Christianity" or even "Early Byzantium". These labels indicate that what we are dealing with is a world in transition between "Roman" and "Byzantine", "pagan" and "Christian". The module revolves around the issue of the transformation from a pagan to a Christian Roman Empire in this period of Late Antiquity and asks whether "pagan" and "Christian" are the most useful labels to apply. Works of art from a variety of different media are considered, ranging from mosaics and wall paintings to ivories and manuscripts.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate a broad knowledge of art works and the essential characteristics of art production in this period.

Demonstrate critical evaluation of principal art-historical literature on this period.

Apply underlying concepts to independently researched topic.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT1 Week 9 100.00%
Unseen ExaminationSemester 1 Assessment70.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111111

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Mr George Bartlett

Assess convenor

Dr Anna McSweeney

Assess convenor

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