Loyola University Chicago

CLST 277: The World of Late Antiquity

Spring Semester 2017
Dr. Jacqueline Long

Diocletian, portrait head c 284 from Nicomedia, Archaeological Museum of Istanbul, photo J. Long


Schedule of Reading Assignments and Topics

MWF 9:20am - 10:10am
Mundelein Center 406


Texts

W 1/18 Introduction: Entering the Roman World
F 1/20 Empire and Change in the Third Century
  • Cameron, Ch. I "Introduction"
  • Study resource: the Imperial Index of the DIR - dates, most-familiar forms of the names, and links to peer-edited scholarly overviews of the emperors, their reigns, sources, and scholarly bibliography (a good place to start following up on emperors: they make a good sequence of identities to organize chronology around)
  • Study questions
  • Individually, prepare SQ3R Grid for documents in reading assignment for Monday 1/23, to submit in class Monday 1/23; cf. SQ3R for Primary-Source Coursework for fuller explanation of the method1
M 1/23 Old-Time Religions
  • Lee, items # 1.1-14, 8.1
  • SQ3R Grid of today's reading assignment due today! (done thoughtfully and written notes kept in good order, this method of reading-preparation can promote learning, reduce stress, and support successful displays of learning such as on exams; it is always recommended, whether or not it is assigned to be checked)
  • Study questions
W 1/25 Christian Conversion in Roman Society
F 1/27 Religious Enforcement by Decius
M 1/30 The Formation of the Tetrarchy
W 2/1 Imperial Care for the Economy
F 2/3 The Great Persecution
M 2/6 Christian Polemical History: Persecuting Emperors
W 2/8 Christian Polemical History: Evidence and Spin
F 2/10 Christian Polemical History: Assessing Evidence
M 2/13 Constantine: Documentary Snapshots
W 2/15 Constantine in Context?
F 2/17 Exam I
M 2/20 The "Rhetoric" of Imperial Capitals
W 2/22 Imperial Power and Roman Religion, after Constantine
F 2/24 Junior Emperor
M 2/27 It was a Dark and Stormy Empire: Contemporary Narrative History
  • Ammianus Marcellinus, Books 14.1-15.6 (part review)
  • SQ3R Grid of today's reading assignment due today!
  • Study questions
W 3/1 The Subject in Roman History
  • Ammianus Marcellinus, Books 15.5 (review); 18.4-19.9; the very last paragraph of 31.16
  • Study questions
F 3/3 Roman Society and Its Discontents
M 3/6 - Sa 3/11 Spring Break: no classes
M 3/13 Catch a Rising Star
W 3/15 Julian the Retrograde
F 3/17 A Boy's Life in Roman North Africa
M 3/20 Monnica and Women's Christianity
W 3/22 Late Antique Aesthetics and Culture
F 3/24 Swimming with Manichees
M 3/27 Exam II
W 3/29 Imperial Transitions
  • Cameron, Ch. VII "The Late Roman State"
  • Lee, items # 5.9, 5.10, 6.1
  • Study questions
F 3/31 Rome's Army
M 4/3 Bad Neighbors: Violence and Corruption in International Relations
W 4/5 The Controversial Altar of Victory
  • Symmachus, Referral 3 (Vanderspoel's "Relation" in the title here Anglicizes the Latin, relatio, a technical term for a magistrate's letter referring some matter to the emperor's central administration for official advice - it has nothing except etymology to do with the current English word "relation")
  • Ambrose, Letters XVII and XVIII (again, Vanderspoel)
  • Study resources - visualization:
    • Victory, marble, between 240-190 BC, from Samothrace, now in the Louvre: in modern times the most famous image of Victory from the ancient Greek or Roman world (Wikimedia Commons, posted by Marie-Lan Nguyen)
    • Victory, marble relief, AD 315, Arch of Constantine, Rome (photo Roy Winkelman, ClipPix ETC, Florida Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of South Florida)
    • pagan worship, ivory diptych of the Nicomachi and Symmachi (WikiMedia Commons, posted by user "Marsyas")
  • Study questions
F 4/7 Ambrose the Bishop
  • Lee, items # 12.1, 12.2, 14.6, 14.10
  • Ambrose, Letter XX (Vanderspoel)
  • Study questions
M 4/10 Augustine in Milan
W 4/12 Giving it up for God
Th 4/13, 4:15pm - M 4/17, 4:15pm Easter Holiday: no classes
W 4/19 Platonic and Desiring Christianity
F 4/21 Christians and Jews
M 4/24 Holy Places: Contact and Transcendence
W 4/26 Ambrose and Theodosius: Articulating the Powers of Church and State
F 4/28 Legacy of the Later Roman Empire
W 5/3
9:00am - 4:15pm
Study Day.
See Loyola's Final Exam Schedule.
Sa 5/6
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Final examination.
See Loyola's Final Exam Schedule.
Loyola University's Undergraduate Studies Catalog provides that instructors do not have authority to re-schedule final examinations under any circumstances; if your course-schedule results in your facing four (4) final exams on a single day, you may petition Assistant Dean Manzano to have one (1) of the four re-scheduled on the authority of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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