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Fall 2017-2018
CLA 547 / PAW 503 / HLS 547 / HIS 557   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Problems in Ancient History - Transformations of Culture in Late Antiquity

Helmut Reimitz
Alberto Rigolio

Relying on material and textual evidence, the seminar explores the cultural history of the Mediterranean World in the Late Antique period by focusing on continuities and transformations in fields such as literate education, transmission of knowledge, religious change, formation of identity, and legal practice. We discuss key concepts such as Romanization, paideia, religious conversion, democratization of culture, centre and periphery from the early Empire to the emergence of post-Roman cultures and societies. Attention is paid to past scholarship as well as to innovative approaches based on new evidence and methods.

Sample reading list:
H.I. Marrou, A History of Education in Antiquity
P. Brown, Power and Persuasion in Late Antiquity
E.J. Watts, The Final Pagan Generation
See instructor for complete list

Papers - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Other information:
The seminar includes a trip to Northern Italy (Milan, Venice, and Ravenna). Students enrolled in the Seminar participate in the Princeton-Oxford Exchange in Princeton during January 2018.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21852 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   East Pyne Building   161   Enrolled:10 Limit:12