Special Topics in Ancient History: Augustine's City of God

History 100AP

Fall 2014
78 Barrows
Day & Time: 
TuTh 930-11A

This course will focus on Augustine’s City of God.  A classic of “Western Civilization” as well as “Christianity,” this is a challenging text. We will use it as a guide-line to investigate “on the ground” how Augustine saw the transformation of the later Roman empire into a Christian empire and how he himself contributed to that transformation. We want to investigate how Christianity changes membership in the ancient city, what it meant for Augustine to be a Christian “citizen,” and how he thought about Roman history. In doing all this we will address recent scholarship positing (once more) the decline of the Roman Empire.

Requirements are: one final seminar paper and one in class book review.