This three credit hour course, History 213: Italian City-States, is offered in odd numbered years. After a brief examination of the Etruscan and Roman origins of Italian city-states, the course focuses on the rebirth of Italian city-states in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries and their history until the middle of the 16th century, when for all practical purposes the era of independent city-states had ended. Students examine the political, social, economic, religious, and cultural history of Italian city-states, particularly those in Tuscany with a special emphasis on Siena.
The course features both lecture and discussion-type meetings, as well as field trips in Siena and throughout Tuscany.
The city of Siena is located in central Italy in the province of Tuscany. Its medieval architecture and heritage have been kept beautifully intact over the past several centuries, making it the perfect setting to study Italy's medieval history.
Siena is built on three hills, full of steep, winding streets and is enclosed within the circle of its massive walls, some seven kilometers in length. This exquisite hill town lies within easy reach of Florence (one hour), Rome (two and a half hours), and the Mediterranean Sea (one and a half hours).
Its unique landscape has inspired generations of painters. Many of their works hang in the splendid Pinacoteca Nazionale. The magnificent Gothic cathedral in black and white marble contains, among other treasures, the Library of Pius II, the humanist pope, Eneo Silvio Piccolimini.
Accommodation during the program will be in one
or more small hotels in Siena. Students may expect double, triple, or
quadruple occupancy rooms. All have bathrooms but are not 'luxury'.
Roommates are chosen on a first request basis.