HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar in the Humanities
Fall 2022, Section 008 - Monks, Demons, Hermits: On the Edge of Early Christian Practice
Instruction Mode: Section 008 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Description

In this discussion-based seminar, we will consider together the history of early Christian practice that took place outside of churches and cities: who fasted? who lived in caves or abandoned tombs? who gave away all their possessions? who committed to celibacy? and what did these practices of the body do or mean to the people who adopted them? We will read ancient letters, sermons, inscriptions, archaeological reports, and hagiographies in English translation, along with scholarly essays that use and analyze these sources.

Our goals are to understand the diversity of what Christian practice looked like in the first five hundred years of the common era, and to investigate broader questions what how early Christians thought about humanity and its relationship with other beings in the cosmos, including animals, angels, and demons. As we study these materials, we will also practice how to read a primary source, how to take notes and do preliminary writing to prepare for class discussion, how to participate well in class discussion, how to make an evidence-based argument in a paper, how to critique one another's writing, and how to revise one's writing—in short, the skills that transfer to other humanities courses.

Intended Audience:

First year students, need not be a major

Class Format:

Seminar

Schedule

HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar in the Humanities
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