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The Fall of Acre and the Lamentation of Biblical and Ancient Cities in Medieval Literature and Historiography.

Project description

A closer look at the narratives of falling cities

Throughout history, the fall of cities has been recorded and narrated as a point of great disturbance and concern. Recently the destruction of ancient cities during the war in Syria attracted global attention. Ancient and biblical sources have lamented the fall of cities in different genres of writing, and have been used to create historiographical thresholds. The EU-funded CITYFALL project will study the role of these narratives in the shaping of political and cultural identities across Europe during the Middle Ages. Taking the reconquest of Acre in 1291 as a starting point, the project will examine texts written around 1300. Specifically, it will review the crucial role these narratives played as they migrated from the Eastern Mediterranean into medieval Europe.


Net EU contribution
€ 203 149,44
Hochschulstrasse 6
3012 Bern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Espace Mittelland Bern / Berne