The Fall of Rome and Other Stories|
Fall 2018 not offered
The fifth-century fall of Rome to barbarian invaders is an idea that slowly crystallized over time. This course will examine the birth and development of this "fall"--one of the most persistent stories in history--using the very texts in which it was first articulated. We will work with a range of authors--Suetonius, Eusebius of Caesarea, Ammianus Marcellinus, Augustine of Hippo, Jordanes, Procopius of Caesarea--to connect the fall of Rome with other attempts to explain catastrophe and change. The course will conclude by surveying the persistence of the fall of Rome as an idea, through the medieval, early modern, and modern periods, right into contemporary discourse.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIR)(CMES)(COL)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
Suetonius, LIVES OF THE CAESARS
Eusebius of Caesarea, ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY
Ammianus Marcellinus, THE LATER ROMAN EMPIRE
Augustine of Hippo, CITY OF GOD
Jordanes, GOTHIC HISTORY
Procopius of Caesarea, BUILDINGS and SECRET HISTORY
Dante Alighieri, DE MONARCHIA
Edward Gibbon, DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
|Examination and Assignments: |
Six papers of 3-4 pages each.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This class will be graded on a pass/no pass basis and students must achieve a minimum cumulative grade of C+ (78.5) in order to pass the course. Students will receive letter grades on all assignments and, while invited to office hours at any time, will also be required to meet with the instructor once around mid-term to discuss progress in the course. In lieu of a final grade, students will receive written comments available also to her/his advisor; the instructor hopes the comments will serve as the basis for a conversation about intellectual growth and curiosity, objectives, and skills and their assessment.