The Man of the Century: Cassiodorus between Goths and Byzantines
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This course is intended for PhD students and is open to undergraduate students. Knowledge of Latin and ancient Greek is required.
The lessons will explore the figure of Cassiodorus and his works, by analyzing three crucial stages in the history of late antique Italy: the Ostrogothic domination, the Gothic war and the transition to Byzantine and Lombard rules.
The course aims to develop the methodological skills necessary for the analysis of the written sources, with particular reference to the works of Cassiodorus; and to promote understanding of fundamental aspects of the political framework of Italy between Ostrogothic and Byzantine ages.
For an overview of Cassiodorus' life: J.J. O'Donnell, Cassiodorus, Berkeley, Los Angeles, London 1979.
Further bibliography on specific topics will be indicated during the lessons