Students from “Cities from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages,” a graduate seminar taught by Douglas Boin, Ph.D., will unveil a first-of-its kind, digital, interactive resource for the study of Late Antique cities at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, in the Academic Technology Commons at the Pius XII Memorial Library. The new site is called “Living Late Antiquity.”
The site will explore just what happened during this dynamic period of urban evolution. For centuries historians and enthusiasts have puzzled over the question of what happed to cities and towns in the Roman Empire after the “fall” of Rome in the fifth century CE. Historiographical debates have raged over whether or not the empire's cities collapsed or underwent a transformation into entirely new entities. Using research from the latest archeological findings, and exploring theoretical ideas of landscape, memory, religion and identity to recover what may have happened to these urban centers and the people who lived in them.
After a presentation by the students and Boin, there will be a forum for discussion and light refreshments.