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Constantinople: A Digital Archaeology of Medieval Rome

COL 295
Spring 2020
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: HIST 230, MDST 128
Certificates: International Relations, International Relations Minor
Course Cluster: Christianity Studies

Constantinople was founded as New Rome by Emperor Constantine the Great in 330. From there, its history is that of the heart of the medieval Roman (Byzantine) Empire, which lasted until 1453, when it was succeeded by the Ottoman Empire and the city was called Istanbul. Now, we're making medieval Constantinople come alive again with an interactive map-based digital encyclopedia. In this course--which requires no previous background in history--students will be introduced to the history of Constantinople and medieval Rome. Then, after exploring the textual and material relics of this medieval metropolis, students will pursue their own research interests by collaborating on a public digital database (https://arcg.is/0e4Lb4). At the end of the course, students will draw from this database to craft their own histories, applying both imagination and analysis into believable and reliable stories that convey the diversities and paradoxes of life in The City.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA COL
Course Format: Laboratory CourseGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(COL)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on JUN-14-2024
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