HISTORY 496 - History Colloquium
Section: 003 Christian Egypt, 2nd-7th Centuries A.D.
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

The Coptic Church of Egypt today traces its origins back to St. Mark in the 1st century A.D. For the early history of Christianity, Alexandria was both the seat of the Bishop of Egypt and one of the leading centers of Church authority and theological formation in a Christian Mediterranean world. In the deserts and villages of Egypt, Christian monasticism had its earliest models. The Christianization of Egypt was also bound up with the economic and social lives of the people, with theological controversies which divided Egypt, the Church, and the Byzantine empire, and with the contentious decline of ancient philosophy and paganism. The study of Christianity in Egypt between the 2nd century A.D., when the documentary record for a Christian presence in Egypt begins, and the 7th century A.D., with the Arab conquest of 640-642, is therefore an entry into the social as well as religious history of Egypt. This seminar will consider individuals who were revered as saints by some, vilified by others; the Church’s role in the economies of land and commerce, where spiritual aspirations and material needs intersected or were at cross purposes; and the theological controversies which would culminate in the Christian Church of Egypt becoming the Coptic Church, out of communion with both Rome and Constantinople.

Course Requirements:

This is a research seminar, so students will be expected to read closely both primary and secondary sources and to participate actively in discussion. In the first half of the term students will write weekly essays (3 pages) based on the readings. In the second half of the term a longer research paper will be required.

Intended Audience:

The course is open first to junior and senior history majors. Depending on seat availability, other students need the permission of the instructor to register.

HISTORY 496 - History Colloquium
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
1LSA Jr>
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: All sections of 496: These courses fulfill the colloquium requirement for History Majors, and seats may be restricted. Students missing the first class may be dropped for non-attendance. Students interested in a particular section should contact Sheila (sheilaw@umich.edu) for seat availability or override.
002 (SEM)
Tu 3:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (SEM)
9LSA Jr>
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9780521145879
Egypt in the Byzantine world, 300-700, Author: edited by Roger S. Bagnall., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 1. paperba 2009
ISBN: 9780870612794
On first principles, Author: Origen ; foreword by John C. Cavadini ; introduction by Henri de Lubac. 2013
ISBN: 9780879078737
Besa : The Life of Shenoute., Author: Besa. Introd., transl., and notes by David N. Bell., Publisher: Cistercian Publications, Incorporated 1989
ISBN: 9780881412567
Four desert fathers, Author: translated, with introductions by Tim Vivian ; with the assistance of Rowan A. Greer ; preface by Adalbert de Vogue., Publisher: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press 2004
ISBN: 0141907290
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, Publisher: Penguin Books 1998
ISBN: 0873529863
MLA handbook for writers of research papers, Author: Joseph Gibaldi., Publisher: Modern Language Assoc. of America 6. ed., 2. 2004
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