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Damian Fernandez

Current Research 

I am currently working on two different projects related to Late Antique and Early Medieval Iberia. The first project is a monographic study of rebellions and coups in the Visigothic Kingdom between the fifth and the eighth centuries CE. This study analyzes laws, canons, chronicles, and hagiography to understand the transformation of ideas on rebellion and political authority between the late Roman empire and the early middle ages. My second project focuses on the transformation of Roman legal norms under barbarian rulers, in particular in the Visigothic kingdom. I am part of a team working on a translation and commentary of the Leges Visigothorum, a legal code issued in the seventh century by Visigothic kings, which summarizes earlier legislation and enacts new norms for the kingdom’s subjects.

Major Publications

Book

Articles/Book Chapters

  •  “Taxation, Landownership, and the Infrastructural Power of the Visigothic State.” In Infrastructural and Despotic Powers in Ancient States, eds. C. Ando and S. Richardson. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017.
  • “Property, Social Status, and Church Building in Visigothic Iberia.” Journal of Late Antiquity 9.2 (2016): 512-541.
  • “Persuading the Powerful in Post-Roman Iberia: King Euric, Local Powers, and the Formation of a State Paradigm.” In Motions of Late Antiquity. Essays on Religion, Politics, and Society in Honor of Peter Brown, ed. H. Reimitz and J. Kreiner, 107-128. Turnhout: Brepols, 2016.
  • “City and Countryside in Late Antique Iberia.” Antiquité Tardive 21 (2013): 233-241.

Teaching Interests

I teach a wide range of survey and upper division courses in ancient history, from the hellenistic to the early medieval periods. My courses are heavily based on primary source analysis and an understanding of the specific problems raised by ancient sources for historical reconstruction. My graduate teaching focuses on the relationship between historical themes (such as state, aristocracy, and political legitimacy) and social/cultural theory.

Courses Taught

  • HIST 110: Western Civilization to 1500
  • HIST 170: World History I: Problems in the Human Past
  • HIST 302: The Age of Alexander the Great
  • HIST 303: History of Ancient Rome
  • HIST 304: The Fall of Rome and Late Antiquity
  • HIST 305: Europe in the Early Middle Ages
  • HIST 493: Undergraduate Independent Study
  • HIST 610: Graduate Reading Seminar
  • HIST 736: Graduate Independent Study

Interdisciplinary Affiliations

  • NIU Iberian Studies Group

Damian Fernandez

Damián Fernández

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Princeton University, 2010

Ancient

dfernandez@niu.edu
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