Fine Arts | The Medieval City
A426 | 26318 | Diane Reilly
Undergraduate student section:
During the Middle Ages, the city was a constantly evolving
construct. Late antique and early medieval cities often reflected
their roots in the cities of the Greeks and Romans, with their
regular streets, large central public areas, and pronounced civic
and religious axis. With the invasions of migratory tribes and the
flight of their inhabitants, cities were left to decay. Medieval
cities founded after this shift reflect the changed nexus of power,
the need for military protection, the dominance of Christianity and
its institutions, and the physical demands of a market economy. This
course will examine the physical and artistic embodiment of the
medieval city in both East and West from the Late Antique period
through the late middle ages. Walls and castles, churches and
monasteries, hospitals and cemeteries, homes and public buildings,
and artworks will all be surveyed, along with the city plans that
provided the framework for experiencing life in an urban setting.
Issues such as disease, the grown of the university, and the
position of women and persecuted minorities will also be
investigated. Students will have the opportunity to investigate
aspects of an historical city and present their findings in class.
Other class requirements will include mid-term and finals exams and
a research paper.