RELIGION 476 - Pagans and Christians in the Roman World
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Religion (RELIGION)
Department: LSA Studies in Religion
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR
Other:
WorldLit
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this course we will try to understand the conflicted, difficult, but profoundly fruitful dialogue that can be described under the rubric of Pagans and Christians. Mostly this will be an intellectual adventure; as much as possible, we will try to reconstruct the evolving picture of spiritual transformation presented by the teachers and sages of this era, from ca 70 C.E. to 529 C.E., the date when Justinian closed the doors of Plato's academy for the last time. In addition to the politics of spirit — the heresies, formation of canon, literary inclusions and exclusions and apart from the strife of martryrdom and persecution, we find an amazingly rich epoch. Above all, we shall study the meaning of wisdom as it existed in the dialogue between Christians and pagans, though of course it is equally true that sometimes people died and killed over the meaning and dissemination of this wisdom.

RELIGION 476 - Pagans and Christians in the Roman World
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
27968
Open
11
 
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MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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ISBN: 0140435263
Early Christian lives : Life of Antony by Athanasius, life of Paul of Thebes by Jerome, life of Hilarion by Jerome, life of Malchus by Jerome, life of Martin of Tours by Sulpicius Severus, life of Benedict by Gregory the Great, Author: transl., ed. and with introd., Publisher: Penguin Books 1998
Required
ISBN: 0192817795
Confessions, Author: Saint Augustine ; translated w, Publisher: Oxford University Press 1991
Required
ISBN: 0195162234
Desert Christians an introduction to the literature of early monasticism, Author: William Harmless., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2005
Required
ISBN: 9780879078348
The lives of the Desert Fathers : the Historia monachorum in Aegypto, Publisher: Mowbray 1981
Required
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