The Venetian Republic

Travellers in many parts of the eastern Mediterranean often come across the relics of the Venetian Republic in the form of giant brick walls which are still largely intact, despite repeated attacks and the depredations of people stealing the bricks to build their own houses and fences. This course tells the story of eight centuries of troubled history, which made Venice the greatest maritime power in the region. It’s full of great stories – of battles against the republic’s many enemies, of Doges elected, removed, blinded, exiled and reinstated, of alliances made and broken, of tides of history which cannot be resisted – and more.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The origins of greatness –from islands of refuge to independent Republic. (5th – 7th centuries)
  • The rise to greatness – its enemies confounded (7th-11th centuries)
  • The years of greatness – an empire built on maritime power and trade (12th- 14th centuries)
  • Decline and fall – what the Plague began, Napoleon finished. (15th to 19th centuries)


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify the main factors involved in the rise and fall of one of the world’s great empires.
  2. Explain how far the story of this little empire resembles the story of greater empires.
  3. Recognise the most significant events, and significant people, in the story of the empire.
$145 Limited / $131

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16 Aug

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