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Emperor, Caliph, King: Comparing the Byzantines, Abbasids, and Carolingians
COL 347
Spring 2016
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: CHUM 315, HIST 327

This seminar investigates a unique "age of empires" in the wider Mediterranean world--the ninth century--during which imperializing political revolutions inspired intense cultural production among the Byzantines in Constantinople, the `Abbasids in Baghdad, and the Carolingians across Europe. Using the cultural artifacts surviving from these "renaissances," we will investigate how political cultures accounted for their own contested identities through myths of rebirth and return: specifically of Greek, Roman, and Persian imperial traditions. The course utilizes a workshop environment that relies on both collaboration and independent research; students will apply skills of analysis, creative thinking, and persuasive communication to presentations, and a (in-translation) source-based research project.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA COL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(MUST-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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