Roman History - The Year the West Was Lost

Ref: C2341903

How exactly did the Roman world reach such a low point that by the year 410 AD, an army of Goths and its leader Alaric were able to occupy Rome itself? This course will look into the circumstances that led up to that particular crisis, and examine some key reasons as to why the Roman government had reached an apparent state of paralysis. In particular, we will attempt to make an assessment of the major characters and leaders of the time, and consider their particular motives. In a wider context, we will also look at the nature of Roman government and the degree and extent of the "barbarian" populations that threatened the west in the early fifth century. We will also make some assessment of the character and extent of early Roman Christianity and its impact upon the populations of the Empire by the early fifth century, and how such cultural associations also had a part to play in the rivalries of Romans and others.

Course aim

This course will look into the circumstances and key factors that were instrumental in the collapse of the western Roman Empire, whilst at the same time challenging some of the older misconceptions about the downfall of the Roman World,

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Make an assessment of the governments of Honorius and Arcadius and their policies
  • Provide an outline of the career of Alaric and his Gothic army in the late fourth and early fifth centuries
  • Make some assessment of the condition of the western Roman Empire up to 410 AD.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Roman History - The Year the West Was Lost

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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