Course Description: Selected aspects of Near Eastern, Greek, or Roman History (e.g. trade and colonization, imperialism, social and political institutions, cultural and intellectual developments). Prerequisites: Minimum Junior standing; twelve hours of History.
Section Description: Later Roman Empire from Alexander Severus to Anastasius. Continuity and change are the usual descriptors of the Mediterranean world in late antiquity. Topics for scrutiny in the class will include the reasons for the near collapse of the Roman empire in the third century CE, its reintegration and reinvention with attendant sociological and economic challenges, changing perceptions of the ruler, the political triumph of Christianity and conflicts between pagans and Christians and between adherents of different interpretations of Christianity, traditional and Christian historiography, the final collapse of the empire in the west and the enduring appeal of the notion of Romanitas.
|TR||11:30 - 12:45||481 MAIN ST 207|
Instructor(s): Barbara Saylor Rodgers
Meeting Dates: 17 Jan 2012 - 02 May 2012