University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module examines the constructed images and historical realities of some of the most important non-Graeco-Roman peoples in the ancient world. The three main directions which will be followed throughout the module are: (1) an analysis of the concept of ?barbarian? in the Classical world; (2) an examination of selected Greek and Roman sources on barbarians, especially Celts and Germanic tribes; (3) a study of these same peoples ?from within?, based on archaeological and linguistic evidence. We will investigate the role which the so-called barbarian peoples of northern Europe played in ancient history, from the earliest documented contacts with the Mediterranean during the Early Iron Age, to the collapse of the Roman Empire in the fifth century AD.


    Caesar, The Gallic War, ed. C. Hammond (OUP 1999).

    Tacitus, The Agricola and The Germania, ed. A. R. Birley (OUP 1999).

    A. Barbero, The Day of the Barbarians: The Battle That Led to the Fall of the Roman Empire (Walker and co. 2008).

    E. Bispham (ed.), Roman Europe (OUP 2008).

    Th. S. Burns, Rome and the Barbarians 100 B.C. ? A.D. 400 (JHU Press 2003).

    Th. Harrison (ed.), Greeks and Barbarians (Taylor and Francis 2002).

    J. T. Koch and J. Carey, The Celtic Heroic Age (Celtic Studies Publications 2005 [4th ed.]).

    P. S. Wells, The Barbarians speak (Princeton University Press 2001)

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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