Courses – History

THE VENETIAN REPUBLIC

Renato Ammannati

Venice has a long history as a player on the Mediterranean chessboard. Beginning around 400 AD, when people left the mainland to find refuge in a lagoon, the few miles of water separating and protecting Venice let the city rise as a sea power for nearly 14 centuries until Napoleon Bonaparte invaded the Venetian Republic in 1797 and “la Serenissima” lost its independence forever. This short course explores that glorious history.

Course Code: 03 106       Tuesday 2.00 – 4.00       Starts 8 October – 5 weeks          Fee: £40/£35

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THE SCOTTISH CLAN SYSTEM

Elizabeth McGillivray

What do you know about Scotland’s Clans? What is a Clan, how did they come about and what is their relevance today? What is a Clan crest and what is the role of heraldry in relation to Clans? Who is the Lord Lyon and how important is he, and the Lyon Court to Clans?

Course Code: 03 116       Wednesday 3.00 – 5.00       Starts 9 October – 5 weeks          Fee: £40/£35

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AN INTRODUCTION TO HITLER’S GERMANY

Donald Innes

The impact of the Second World War continues to be felt across Europe and beyond. This 4 week course explores key aspects of Nazism, examining how Hitler came to power, what life was like in Nazi Germany, Hitler and the outbreak of the Second World War, and the Holocaust.

Course Code: 03 113       Wednesday 10.00 – 12.00       Starts 6 November – 4 weeks          Fee: £32/£28

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AMMIANUS MARCELLINUS AND HIS CHRONICLES

Renato Ammannati

Ammianus Marcellinus is considered the last great major Roman historian. Born of a Greek family, he served as a soldier in Gaul and Persia. Living later in Rome, he wrote the Rerum gestarum libri (The Chronicles of Events), a history of the Roman Empire, from the principate of Nerva  (96 – 98 AD) to the death of Valens (emperor from 364 to 378). He began where the Roman historian Tacitus ends his “Histories”. Unfortunately the first 13 chapters of Ammianus’ book were lost but the surviving 18 are of paramount importance in charting the events that took place in the years 354–378, when the Roman Empire was about to collapse.

  • Students are asked to bring a copy of the book below:  

The Later Roman Empire: (AD 354-378) (Classics) Paperback – 29 May 1986 by Ammianus Marcellinus (Author), Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (Editor, Introduction)

Course Code: 03 206       Tuesday 2.00 – 4.00       Starts 21 January – 5 weeks          Fee: £40/£35

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WHAT DID THE ROMANS EVER DO FOR US?

Tony Cox

Imperial confrontations in northern Europe

These five classes examine the course and development of Roman attempts to pacify northern Europe, focusing on their relations with the Gauls, Germans and Caledonians.

Course Code: 03 220       Thursday 2.00 – 4.00       Starts 30 January – 5 weeks          Fee: £40/£35

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See also: Passages from Dundee’s History 

 

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