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3000 Years of European Arts and Architecture: 500 - 1000

Course Times & Enrolment

(Code AA250-201) • (0 classes) Course location to be confirmed •
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Course Summary

A five-week course examining art and architecture produced between 500 and 1000. Often known as the ‘Dark Ages’, works from this period show that styles continued to develop and change. Explore the artistic output of early Byzantium, the Anglo Saxons, the Vikings and other early medieval societies.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment


Content of Course

1. 500-600 Byzantine art.

2. 600-700 Merovingian art.

3. 700-800 Insular art, Anglo-Saxon art.

4. 800-900 Viking art, Carolingian art.

5. 900-1000 Ottonian art.

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 creators;

  • Discuss broad trends in the history of European arts between 500 and 1000.


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.

  • Graham-Campbell, J. & Valor, M., 2007. The Archaeology of Medieval Europe: Eighth to Twelfth Centuries AD v. 1. Aarhus: Lancaster, [England]: Aarhus University Press; Gazelle Drake Academic [distributor].

  • 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: Oxford University Press.

  • 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.

  • Arnold, J.H., 2014. The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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.