Romans and Christians: The World of Late Antiquity|
Spring 2016 not offered
RELI 274, HIST 250, MDST 275|
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies, Urban Studies|
The emperor Diocletian's administrative and financial reforms, closely followed by the conversion of Constantine to Christianity, mark a watershed in the history of the late Roman Empire. From AD 284 (accession of Diocletian) until the establishment of the Germanic successor kingdoms (roughly in the 6th century)--the period known as late antiquity--the Roman West presents a fascinating picture of cultural change. In this course we will study the period (4th to 6th century) from three different perspectives: the conversion of Romans to Christians and of Christians to "Romans"; the material world of late antiquity--especially the changes to the city of Rome--and the art, architecture, and literature of the period; and the rise of the cult of the saints and of monasticism and the lives of the holy men and women. The course will conclude with an epilogue pursuing these themes in Ostrogothic Italy and Merovingian Gaul.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Boethius, CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY
Peter Brown, THE CULT OF THE SAINTS
Peter Brown, THE WORLD OF LATE ANTIQUITY
Gerontius, LIFE OF ST. MELANIA THE YOUNGER
Paulinus of Pella, POEM OF THANKSGIVING (Selections)
Prudentius, POEMS ON THE MARTYRS (Selections)
Rutilius Namatianus, ON HIS RETURN TO HIS HOMELAND
Venantius Fortunatus, LIFE OF ST. RADEGUND
Baudonivia, LIFE OF ST. RADEGUND
|Examinations and Assignments: |
A mid-term and a final; two short papers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular class attendance expected. This course fulfills a "Thematic Approach" requirement for the Religion department major.
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