Shifting Frontiers XII - The Fifth Century, Age of Transformation
March 23 - 36. In chronological terms there can be little doubt that the fifth century is the pivot point of Late Antiquity. It is arguable that it also represents the major watershed between a monolithic world still dominated by the Roman Empire in the third and fourth centuries and the more tessellated worlds of the sixth and seventh. Whereas the fourth century is still very much an age of continuity with the earlier empire, the fifth can rightfully be viewed as the moment when Mediterranean Eurasia and North Africa witnessed profound political, social, religious, economic, and cultural transformations. Shifting Frontiers XII seeks to investigate the nature and impact of these changes.