21H.230 Barbarians, Saints, and Emperors


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Explores the late Roman Empire and its transformations during Late Antiquity (c.300-c.700). Questions the traditional decline and fall narrative of the period, which argues that Christianity and barbarians destroyed classical civilization and ushered in the Dark Ages. Explores such topics as Romans and barbarians, paganism and Christianity, politics and war, Rome and Constantinople, and bishops and saints. Discusses the influence of such characters as Constantine the Great, St. Augustine, Attila the Hun, and the prophet Mohammed.

This class has no prerequisites.

21H.230 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by E. Goldberg.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS H.

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