The Dark Ages: Catastrophe or Continuity?


Course Description

This course will take place entirely on Zoom.

How dark were the Dark Ages? During this era (circa 350–1000 CE), how did the post-Roman world experience “creative destruction”? What survived of Rome’s legacy in that turbulent early medieval world? What disappeared? Radical changes were occurring in virtually all fields of activity: economic, social, political, military, religious, intellectual, linguistic, and artistic. What were the causes and outcomes of these transformations? How have past and present historians interpreted developments in this distant time? 

Investigate the world of late Rome, the Germanic invasions, de-urbanization and anarchy, the Byzantine empire, the Arab caliphates, and the Vikings. How did Christianity and Islam triumph, spread, and evolve? Explore the world of the Germanic kingdoms, of monks and missionaries, of serfdom and feudalism. Encounter Constantine, Attila, Clovis, St. Benedict, Justinian, Charlemagne, Mohammed, Alfred the Great, Gregory the Great, and others. 

Readings include primary sources, classical interpretations, and recent historical studies.

There will be no books to purchase for this course.

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 14 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Thursday 20 January 2022

Course Length: 12 weeks, Thursdays, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Discussion Team: Susan Anastasopoulos, Mary Hughes, Alberto Venturelli

Degree Credit: 3.0 credits

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (standard tuition)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)


Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

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