The Fall of the Roman Empire and the Birth of Europe

For over 400 years, Germanic barbarians roamed across Western Europe and broke up the decrepit Roman Empire. In these convulsions, new nations were born and Christianity began its ascent as the dominant religious power. We follow the tracks of the major tribes and the outstanding personalities, down to Charlemagne and the idea of a new Empire being raised on the ashes of the old.


Course Author: Jurgen Lawrenz, Caterina Pangallo

Course Code: D222

Supplied Material: Course Booklet

Units & Pricing: 6 units / $78 per person


Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.

Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.

Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.

Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.