HIST104 CM - Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages: 284 - 888 CE

Described as Late Antiquity or the Early Middle Ages, the period from Constantine to Charlemagne (roughly 300 to 800 AD) represents an age of vibrant and dynamic cultural transition sometimes viewed as a crucible for the blending of Roman, barbarian and Christian cultural elements. Using the major primary sources and the standard modern accounts for the period, this course will examine the key categories in which cultural change presents itself to the historian-the movement of migrant peoples, the political development of "successor" states, the consolidation of diverse religious practices and the rise of the Catholic Church, material and social changes in urban society, reorientation of economy and land use, and the transmission of an intellectual culture through art and literature that was both heir to Classical tradition and aware of its own novelty.

Offered: Every other year

Credit: 1

Course Number: HIST104 CM

This course information is from the 2021-2022 Catalog. View this catalog.

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