Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


Continuity or rupture? The early Middle Ages, an era of epochal transformation.
Continuità o rottura? L'altomedioevo, un'era di trasformazione epocale.

A.Y. Credits
2021/2022 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Anna Lia Ermeti In compliance with COVID19 regulations: undergraduates by appointment at their studio, Palazzo Albani, via del Balestriere 2 or via video-chat on the zoom platform. Not graduating exclusively in video-chat through the zoom platform. For appointments: anna.ermeti@uniurb.it

Assigned to the Degree Course

Art History (LM-89)
Date Time Classroom / Location
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The course aims to shed light on a period still partly little known, but rich in transformations such as the early Middle Ages, a period that is often still considered a "dark" period of our time. But there are many transformations that have taken place in this period, epochal transformations that have opened the way to an "other world", a new world that has given rise to modern Europe. Through the study of the characteristics and organization of the cities and the territory, we will try to understand the social and economic transformations that took place between the 4th and 8th centuries. In particular, we will analyze the transformations that took place in the territory with the transition from the society of the villa to that of the village (from villa to village) and the transformation of the ancient city, highlighting the profound difference between the Roman city and then late antiquity (V-VII century) and the early medieval city (VIII-X century).


Introduction to medieval archeology.

Cities and countryside: reading of the transformations between Late Antiquity and Upper Middle Ages.

The city and its transformations from the end of the Roman era to the early Middle Ages.

The fortification of cities and the construction of castles.

The birth of the late medieval castles.

The presence of the barbarians in the countryside.

The seventh century break and the end of the "villa society"

The role of the church and the funerary world.

The birth and role of the late medieval castles.

Study of the finds and architectural structures.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Through the oral exam it will be verified that students possess:

1) a good knowledge of the topics covered by the lessons

2) a sufficient critical elaboration of the topics covered in the course and in the texts in the program

3) a correct logical and formal approach in the communication of the topics dealt with

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Frontal lessons. The lessons will take place through multimedia supports edited by the teacher.


Those present are considered to be attending at least 2/3 of the lessons.

Course books

A.AUGENTI, Archeology of Medieval Italy, Bari 2016 (Laterza Ed.) It is the manual to know in depth.

Texts available on the blended platform:

P. DELOGOU, R.FRANCOVICH, R.HODGES, Medieval Archeology, Archeo, Dossier, 1991.

A.AUGENTI, Archeology of the medieval city, in S.Gelichi (edited by), Forty years of Medieval Archeology in Italy, Florence 2014, pp. 173-182.

M.VALENTI, Archeology of the early medieval countryside: diachrony and forms of settlement, in S.Gelichi (edited by), Forty years of Medieval Archeology in Italy, Florence 2014, pp. 123-142.

S.LUSUARDI SIENA (edited by), Ad mensam. Artifacts of use from archaeological contexts between late antiquity and the Middle Ages, Udine 1994 (passim)

Reference and in-depth texts available at the Archeology library, Via del Balestriere 2.

G.P.BROGIOLO, A.CHAVARRIA ARNAU, Postclassical Archeology, Rome 2020 (Carocci Ed.)

G.P.BROGIOLO, The origins of the medieval city, Post-classical Archaeologies / Studies, Mantua, 2011 (SAP, Mantua)

S.GASPARRI, C. LA ROCCA, Barbarian times. Western Europe between antiquity and the Middle Ages (300-900), Rome 2012 (Carocci Ed.)

A.AUGENTI, Cities and ports from antiquity to the Middle Ages, Rome 2010 (Carocci Ed.)

G.P.BROGIOLO, A.CHAVARRIA ARNAU, Aristocracies and campaigns in the West from Constantine to Charlemagne, Florence 2005 (All'Insegna del Giglio) Further bibliography will be provided during the lessons.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


Non-attending students must agree on the program with the teacher

« back Last update: 22/09/2021


Questo contenuto ha risposto alla tua domanda?

Il tuo feedback è importante

Raccontaci la tua esperienza e aiutaci a migliorare questa pagina.

Se sei vittima di violenza o stalking chiama il 1522

Il 1522 è un servizio pubblico promosso dalla Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri – Dipartimento per le Pari Opportunità. Il numero, gratuito è attivo 24 h su 24, accoglie con operatrici specializzate le richieste di aiuto e sostegno delle vittime di violenza e stalking.

Posta elettronica certificata



Performance della pagina

Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo
Via Aurelio Saffi, 2 – 61029 Urbino PU – IT
Partita IVA 00448830414 – Codice Fiscale 82002850418
2021 © Tutti i diritti sono riservati