[Loyola University Chicago]

CLST 277: The World of Late Antiquity

Tier 2 course in Historical Knowledge, University Core Curriculum

Fall Semester 2013

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

This Tier 2 course in the Historical Knowledge Core will investigate what happened to the Roman Empire between the 3rd and 5th centuries C.E. Nobody told the people of the Mediterranean basin and Europe the Classical period was over, yet in hindsight it's clear they moved on in several important ways, even while they continued to identify with their ennobling cultural past. Medieval and later modalities and mentalities began to emerge.

Students will practice the work of historical inquiry directly, on literary, documentary, and material sources. By integrating different approaches they will better understand the interaction of historical forces and the complexity of lived experience.

Developments in Roman government establish a framework for our study: why did the Principate's administration of the Roman Empire spin out of control? How did emperors, administrators and generals, amid chaotic rivalries, evolve a new system? As later Roman governments switched from persecuting to promoting Christianity, how did religious sensibilities change - and what remained constant? How were Classical cultural ideals like piety, family, public service, and education maintained and re-colored? How did individual men and women, Christians and pagans and Manichees, emperors and soldiers and citizens and sophists, martyrs and bishops and monks and philosophers see their world? Do we agree?

Our work will pursue five main aims or Learning Outcomes (as well as having fun with them):

Monday - Wednesday - Friday, 10:25am-11:15am
Dumbach Hall 231
Dr. Jacqueline Long

Office Hours: MWF 11:30am-12:30pm, Sullivan Center 228, or by appointment
phone: 773-508-3511
e-mail: jlong1@luc.edu


Policies and Assessment

Schedule of Reading Assignments and Topics

Additional Resources

Studying, Research, and Writing Basics

Academic Honesty, the Only Way to Go Late Antique History, Literature, Archaeology, and Culture
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Revised 7 August 2013 by jlong1@luc.edu