Ancient Sources (Material Evidence): Barbarian Societies (CLA1359)

15 credits

This module examines the workings of barbarian societies encountered by the expanding Roman empire of the first century BC/AD in terms of culture, politics, economies, and ritual - addressing everything from the barbarians' addiction to wine to the bizarre and cruel practice of head-taking. These themes are explored with a particular focus on material culture and archaeological evidence, although no prior knowledge is required to enrol. As well as historians and archaeologists, Barbarian societies is recommended for humanities and social science students with interdisciplinary interests in the historical and anthropological study of small-scale tribal societies in a globalising context.