Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016
HST 322 The Late Antique World
4 hours; 4 credits
This course addresses aspects of the history and culture of Late Antiquity (285-641 CE). It examines the historical watershed known as the "End of the Ancient World" and the "Birth of the Middle Ages" by analyzing the transformation of the Later Roman Empire into the medieval worlds of Germanic Europe, Byzantium, and Islam. Particular emphasis is placed on concepts of monotheism and universalism in an age of diversity and innovation; the synthesis of Christianity and Classical culture; imperial autocracy and the Christian church; social and intellectual changes; the nature of the economy and problems of imperial defense; and the collapse and transformation of the Roman State and emergence of its successors. For History majors and minors, this is designated as a pre-1700 history course.
Prerequisites: Any 200-level history course and ENG 151
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