CLST 277-16-016: The World of Late Antiquity

Vatican tetrarchs
The century and a half following Diocletian's accession in 284 saw the Roman empire rescued from near-collapse and reinvented to meet new challenges. The legacy of Classical antiquity to both the Greek East and the Latin West took its form. At the same time, the Christian religion institutionalized itself and integrated its culture with Classical traditions. We will read (in translation) literature of the period in various genres, so as to explore how contemporaries saw these momentous changes occurring, and how new forms of literature developed to interpret them. We will see historiography, autobiography, political rhetoric, religion, philosophy, education, and daily life. Visual sources will introduce late antique numismatics and art: the broad spectrum of the culture as a whole will provide context for the responses of individual writers.

MWF 11:30-12:20
Damen Hall 733 (NOTE ROOM CHANGE)
Dr. Jacqueline Long

Office Hours: MWF 9:30-10:20 or by appointment, Crown Center 553, 773-508-3654


Schedule of Reading Assignments and Topics
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Projects for collaborative research and presentation in class

Policies and Assessment

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