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3000 Years of European Arts and Architecture: 0 - 500

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Course Summary

A five-week course focusing on European arts and architecture from 0 to 500CE, a period combining diversity with the classical values established and propagated in the Greek and Roman worlds, and challenged by the migrations of different peoples from Eastern Europe. The Late Antiquity was a period of radical changes, with a new faith added to the cultural mix.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment


Content of Course

1. 0-100 Hellenistic period, Roman empire, Iberian culture.

2. 100-200 Roman empire, Iberian culture, Northern Roman Iron Age.

3. 200-300 Roman empire, Northern Roman Iron Age, Gothic migrations.

4. 300-400 Byzantine empire, Germanic migrations, Western Roman Empire.

5. 400-500 Anglo-Saxon migration, Visigoth kingdom, Ostrogoth kingdom.

Teaching method(s)

The course will be taught via lectures combined with class discussion. Students will be introduced to a variety of visual sources and will be guided in close visual analysis and in analysis of sources across a range of times, places and styles.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Conduct a methodical analysis of artworks;

  • Recognise and describe the work of various European styles and cultures;

  • Discuss broad trends in the history of European arts between 0 and 500 CE. 


Core Readings

Please discuss these with your tutor if you are considering purchasing a book:

  • Honour, H. & Fleming, J., 2009. A World History of Art Rev. 7th. London: Laurence King.

  • Renfrew, C. & Bahn, P.G., 2016. Archaeology: theories, methods, and practice. Seventh. London: Thames & Hudson.

  • Bintliff, J.L. & Wiley InterScience, 2012. The Complete Archaeology of Greece from Hunter-Gatherers to the 20th century AD. Chichester, West Sussex; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Shoemaker, S.J. et al., 2008. The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Johnson, S.F., 2012. The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Cormack, R., Haldon, J.F. & Jeffreys, E., 2008. The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies, Oxford University Press.

  • Beard, M., 2015. SPQR: a History of Ancient Rome. London: Profile Books.

  • Coulston, J.C., Dodge, H. & Trinity College. Centre for Mediterranean Near Eastern Studies, 2000. Ancient Rome: the Archaeology of the Eternal City. Oxford: Oxford University School of Archaeology.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.