DSMB11 Late Ancient and Early Medieval Barbaric States II

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
2/2. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
doc. PhDr. Jarmila Bednaříková, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Jarmila Bednaříková, CSc.
Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Tue 14:00–15:40 C32
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
DSMB11/01: Tue 16:00–17:40 C32, J. Bednaříková
! DSMgrB11 Barbaric States II
At least basic knowledge of Latin (for the seminar).
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The student will gain a complex overview of the complicated developments in the Western Europe in the transition period between Antiquity and Medieval times.
He will acquire competences to use metodological procedures in order to independently analyze the development in the early medieval states.
The student will also gain knowledge of certain characteristic features of the transition periods in the human history.
Learning outcomes
The student will:
- better understand the transformation of the Roman Empire in a part of medieval Europe;
- get acquainted with various sorts of sources for the s. c. barbarian kingdoms; he/she will be able to interpret them independently;
- will be able to explain the essence of oth continuity and differences between Antiquity and the Middle ages.
  • 1) The Burgundians between the Huns and the Franks.
  • 2) Burgundian law and society.
  • 3) The Suebs in Gallaecia.
  • 4) The Franks from the 3rd to the 5th c. - Roman enemies and foederati.
  • 5) The Franks and catholic Christianity.
  • 6) The institutions of the early Frankish state (till the end of the 6th c.). the issue of the royal power and the retinues in the early medieval development.
  • 7) The society of the Frankish Empire.
  • 8) Frankish conquests and missions.
  • 9) Legal personality on the territory of the Frankish Empire.
  • 10) The problem of barbarian codes of law.
  • 11) The Carolingian Renaissance and the ancient legacy.
  • 12) The Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes in Britannia, the problem of integration.
  • 13) The history of the Lombards, their society and relation to the ancient legacy.
  • 14) The state and Church in the territory of the barbarian kingdoms.
  • The seminar: Reading sources for the history of the Burgundians, the Franks and Lombards.
    required literature
  • B. BYSTRICKÝ. Sťahovanie národov (454-568). Bratislava: Pro historia 2009.
  • BEDNAŘÍKOVÁ, Jarmila. Attila : Hunové, Řím a Evropa (Attila : Huns, Rome and Europe). Vyd. 1. Praha: Vyšehrad, 2012, 340 pp. Historica. ISBN 978-80-7429-169-2. info
  • BEDNAŘÍKOVÁ, Jarmila. Frankové a Evropa. Vyd. 1. Praha: Vyšehrad, 2009, 335 s. ISBN 9788070219423. info
  • BEDNAŘÍKOVÁ, Jarmila. Stěhování národů. Vyd. 1. Praha: Vyšehrad, 2003, 413 s. ISBN 8070215062. info
    recommended literature
  • Na hranicích impéria. Extra fines imperii. Jaroslavu Tejralovi k 80. narozeninám (On the Borders of the Empire. Extra fines imperii. To Jaroslav Tejral on his 80th birthday). 1st ed. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2017, 446 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-8579-4. info
  • BEDNAŘÍKOVÁ, Jarmila. Sakralita práva a Pactus legis Salicae (The Sacrality of Law and the Pactus legis Salicae). In Daniš, Miroslav et Valachovič, Pavol. Historické štúdie. Medzi antikou a stredovekom. Rímska a germánska spoločnosť v barbraských zákonníkoch. I. Bratislava: Univerzita Komenského, 2013, p. 15-22. Acta historica Posoniensia 13, 2010. ISBN 978-80-89236-87-9. info
  • BEDNAŘÍKOVÁ, Jarmila. Úloha světce ve společnosti 5.-8.století. (The Role of the saints in the Society from 5th to 8th Century.). In Svatec a jeho funkcie v spoločnosti. I. Bratislava: Chronos, 2006, 14 pp. Centrum pre štúdium kresťanstva I. ISBN 80-89027-19-9. info
  • HEATHER, P. J. Gótové. Translated by Lubomír Košnar - Jiří Ohlídal - Petr Prokeš. Praha: Lidové noviny, 2002, 408 s. ISBN 8071061999. info
  • TACITUS, Publius Cornelius. Germania. Translated by J. G. C. Anderson. Repr. London: Bristol Classical, 2001, lxiv, 230. ISBN 1853995037. info
  • ELTON, Geoffrey Rudolph. Angličané. Translated by Věra Kotábová. Praha: Lidové noviny, 2000, 260 s. ISBN 80-7106-305-3. info
  • Von Augustus bis Attila : Leben am ungarischen Donaulimes. Stuttgart: Theiss, 2000, 131 stran. ISBN 3806215413. info
  • THOMPSON, E. A. Hunové. Praha: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 1999, 343 s. ISBN 80-7106-203-0. info
  • JAMES, Edward. Frankové. Translated by Miroslav Košťál. Praha: Lidové noviny, 1997, 275 s. ISBN 8071062006. info
  • Die Franken, Wegbereiter Europas : vor 1500 Jahren : König Chlodwig und seine Erben : [Museum für Archäologie und Völkerkunde, Mannheim, 8. September 1996 bis 6. Januar 1997]. Mainz: Philipp von Zabern, 1996, s. [581]. ISBN 3927774103. info
  • TEJRAL, Jaroslav. Na hranicích impéria (doba římská). In: Podborský, V. (ed.): Pravěké dějiny Moravy. Brno, 1993, p. 424-470. info
  • RICHÉ, Pierre. Die Karolinger : eine Familie formt Europa. 2. Auflage. München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 1992, 480 stran. ISBN 3423045590. info
  • History of the Lombards. Edited by Paul - William Dudley Foulke - Edward Peters. Philadelphia [Pa.]: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1974, xxi, 332 p. ISBN 9780812205589. info
Teaching methods
Lectures; reading and analyzing texts.
Assessment methods
Active participation in class, handing in an essay, written test.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
General note: Předmět je vyučován dvakrát týdně - jednou přednáška, jednou seminář.

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