CLST 277-16-016: The World of Late Antiquity
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.
Damen Hall 733
Dr. Jacqueline Long
MWF 9:30-10:20 or by appointment, Crown Center 553, 773-508-3654
- Ammianus Marcellinus, The Later Roman Empire, tr. W. Hamilton
- Augustine, Confessions, tr. R. Pine-Coffin
- The Emperor Julian: Panegyric and Polemic, ed. Samuel N. C. Lieu
- Course packet
- Internet links
- Averil Cameron, The Later Roman Empire, AD 284-430
Schedule of Reading Assignments and Topics
The electronic syllabus contains links to online reading assignments and other resources.
Projects for collaborative research and presentation in class
Policies and Assessment
This page last updated 1/25/99.