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The World of the Vikings

We will examine the Viking Age (ca 750-1100) using various written records, archeological findings and maps ranging from Newfoundland to Byzantium. Our focus will be on the origins of Viking society/culture, their political and Nordic mythological/religious structure, the development of the Viking ship and its vast expansion into the early European world. Foreign contacts via trading, raiding and exploration will be detailed, reasons for such ventures will be considered and the influence that the Vikings had on civilization will be examined. Iconic features such as runic inscriptions, poetry, Icelandic sagas, the Christian conversion of the Nordic peoples and the conquest of England in 1066 will be treated in some detail.

Instructor Bio:

Hal Aaslestad was educated in the biological sciences and has published and taught in the field of microbiology. More to the point, he has had a life-long interest in all things Scandinavian and has read extensively on the Viking Age. He has visited Scandinavia many times and, as a sailor, has a keen interest in the Viking ship in particular. Hal has led various OLLI courses and looks forward to sharing his Viking passions.

Recommended Reading:

For a brief overview and useful maps: Haywood, John. The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings, 1995. For more in depth reading: Roesdahl, Else. The Vikings, 1998.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A607 Hal Aaslestad Sept 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 Fr 10:00-11:30 a.m. The R. R. Smith Center WL

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