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090098 VO Introduction to Culture, Literature and Society of the Late Antique (2017W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 9 - Altertumswissenschaften

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max. 140 participants
Language: German

Examination dates

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Monday 02.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 09.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 16.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 23.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 30.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 06.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 13.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 20.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 27.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 04.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 11.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 08.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 15.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Monday 22.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8

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Aims, contents and method of the course

This lecture-course will be based primarily, though by no means exclusively, on Latin texts from the Later Roman Empire. It is intended to provide an introduction to various aspects of Late Antique culture, literature, and society. The sources will be mainly literary, but not the approach, which will tendto the historical and, above all, the religious historical. We’ll begin with an overview of the concept of “Late Antiquity,” and then go back to Ancient Greece and Asia Minor to study Greek inscriptions (in English translation) that document the healing and judiciary functions of two pagan deities. After setting up ancient polytheism, we’ll be examining the concepts of mission and conversion and the arrival of Christianity in the Acts and texts related to the 1st and 2nd C. persecutions. We’ll move on to the Crisis of Empire in the 3rd C., Constantine and the Christianization of the Roman Empire, the barbarian invasions and the Fall of Rome. Time permitting, we may cover other topics such as monasticism.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will do best who attend the lectures and read the required texts attentively in advance. The teacher enjoys a pro-active audience, so students are encouraged to ask questions. Careful philological preparation of the readings as well as critical thinking about general issues will be required to do well on the exam, which will include short identifications, an essay, and translations (or a “gobbet” (interpretation of a text in translation) for those enrolled for the course as Erweiterungscurriculum). Most of the required readings will be in Latin, but it should be possible to follow the course without ancient languages provided one can read both English and German. If you plan to take the course for Erweiterungscurriculum, please notify the instructor right at the beginning of the course!

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