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Old March 23rd, 2016, 11:47 AM   #1

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Classicist to Medievalist


I know some scholars who first were classicist and then they become Medievalist. Some examples are Herbert Bloch, Peter Brown, Peter Heather. How is that possible? I really love both periods and I want to study both.
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A lot of people do that. I believe there's a bit of a shortage these days in Medievalists who have a decent command of Latin (at least younger ones). Besides there's a lot of crossover between the two subjects if you want to look for it. My Classics degree was a mixture of classical and medieval history/literature.
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A lot of people do that. I believe there's a bit of a shortage these days in Medievalists who have a decent command of Latin (at least younger ones). Besides there's a lot of crossover between the two subjects if you want to look for it. My Classics degree was a mixture of classical and medieval history/literature.
Great! But I don't know how to do that or where to look for guidance.
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The field of late antiquity these days has largely brought down a lot of the barriers between classical and medieval, but with that said if your main interests are, say, late Republican Rome and Capetian Frankia, there's still a bit too much of a gulf to be a specialist in both.
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The field of late antiquity these days has largely brought down a lot of the barriers between classical and medieval, but with that said if your main interests are, say, late Republican Rome and Capetian Frankia, there's still a bit too much of a gulf to be a specialist in both.
You are right but my main interests are Germanization of Rome, foederati, barbarian invasions, origins of feudalism, successor kingdoms after the fall of Western Roman Empire and how they interpreted the legacy of Rome.
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You are right but my main interests are Germanization of Rome, foederati, barbarian invasions, origins of feudalism, successor kingdoms after the fall of Western Roman Empire and how they interpreted the legacy of Rome.
Well, then I'd say you're in a pretty good position these days, since all these topics fall under the field of late antiquity and are currently of a lot of interest to scholars.
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Well, then I'd say you're in a pretty good position these days, since all these topics fall under the field of late antiquity and are currently of a lot of interest to scholars.
Thank you I'm also interested in Late Roman Epigraphy. Too bad Medieval West didn't have an epigraphic habit.
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