DSMA09 Introduction to the Methodology of the Study of Ancient History

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. PhDr. Jarmila Bednaříková, CSc. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Markéta Melounová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Marek Meško, M.A., Ph.D. (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
Wed 14:00–15:40 A24
!( OBOR ( DST ) && TYP_STUDIA ( B ))
Knowledge of the basics of all Ancient History.
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
To provide students with instructions for methodically correct solutions of certain basic methodic issues of ancient history. To guide them in individual work under supervision to solve selected minor methodic problem areas.
Learning outcomes
The students will
- be able to independently find and characterize various problems of historic development in Antiquity;
- get acquainted with basic possibilities of their solution;
- get prepared for handling the methodological part of their final theses.
  • The syllabus of the course is subject to change.
  • Basic topics:
  • 1) Definition of the general term ancient state and characterization of different types of states in Antiquity
  • 2) Methodological issues relating the transition from the tribal society to the state in ancient Orient and in classical Antiquity.
  • 3) Definition of terms relating to rule and administration of ancient states.
  • 4) Definition of sacral rule.
  • 5) Characteristization of agricultural and nomadic states.
  • 6) Work with sources that contain terminology pertaining to state.
  • 7) Differences between the Roman Principate and the Dominate.
  • 8) Methodological characteristics of the s. c. barbaric states between antiquity and the Middle Ages.
  • 9) Methodology of research of early and later Byzantine history.
  • 10) Text-critical analysis of ancient sources.
  • 11) Text-critical analysis of Byzantine sources.
  • 12) Text-critical analysis of sources for the Intermediate period between Antiquity and the Middle Ages.
  • 13) The issue of ancient absolutism.
    recommended literature
  • MOMMSEN, Th. Römisches Staatsrecht I-III. 1817-1903.
  • DVOŘÁK, Tomáš, Lukáš FASORA, Bronislav CHOCHOLÁČ, Tomáš MALÝ, Denisa NEČASOVÁ, Zdeňka STOKLÁSKOVÁ and Martin WIHODA. Úvod do studia dějepisu 1 (Introduction to history 1). 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2014. 164 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-7012-7. Digitální knihovna FF MU info
  • BEDNAŘÍKOVÁ, Jarmila. Bič boží-sakrální král (The Scourge of God - Sacral King). In Bořivoj, Marek. Visuque et auditu iuxta venerabilis adrogantiam effugerat. Vyd. 1. Praha: Jednota klasických filologů, 2013. p. 195-204, 10 pp. ISBN 978-80-904945-2-7. info
  • VACULÍK, Jaroslav and František ČAPKA. Úvod do studia dějepisu a historický proseminář. 1. dotisk 3. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2013. ISBN 978-80-210-5683-1. info
  • ČEŠKA, Josef. Zánik antického světa. Vyd. 1. Praha: Vyšehrad, 2000. 277 s. ISBN 8070213868. info
  • ČAPKA, František, Otto ZWETTLER and Jaroslav VACULÍK. Úvod do studia dějepisu a technika historikovy práce (Introduction to the history studies and the technique of the work of a historian). In Úvod do studia dějepisu a technika historikovy práce. Brno: PdF Masarykovy univerzity, 1996. ISBN 80-210-1366-4. info
  • PETRÁŇ, Josef. Úvod do studia dějepisu. 3, Nauka o historických pramenech [Petráň, 1983]. 1. vyd. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1983. 207 s. info
Teaching methods
Combination of methodological training to the lecturers, and supervised, individual solving of selected methodological issues by students.
Discussion to all problems presented or discussed in the form of an essay.
Assessment methods
Participation in discussions, final test.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.

  • Enrolment Statistics (recent)
  • Permalink: https://is.muni.cz/course/phil/autumn2019/DSMA09