Romans and Christians: The World of Late Antiquity|
Fall 2009 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; 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
Gerontius, LIFE OF ST. MELANIA THE YOUNGER
Paulinus of Pella, POEM OF THANKSGIVING
Prudentius, POEMS ON THE MARTYRS (Selections)
Rutilius Namatianus, ON HIS RETURN TO HIS HOMELAND
Sulpicius Severus, LIFE OF ST. MARTIN
Venantius Fortunatus, LIFE OF ST. RADEGUND
--and brief selections from the correspondence of Ambrose, Ausonius and Jerome, the history of Ammianus Marcellinus, the poems and correspondence of Paulinus of Nola.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
A mid-term and a final; two short papers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular class attendance expected.
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