Topics in Ancient History: From polis to oikoumene

History 280A.001

Fall 2007
Instructor: 
Elm
Location: 
3104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Thurs 12-2
CCN: 
39666
Units: 
Units

This course will focus on Augustine's City of God. But we want to use the text as a guide-line to investigate ";on the ground"; the transformation from polis to oikoumene in late antiquity. Augustine's text will be supplemented by recent studies on the evolution of the late Roman city, on aspects of material culture, archeological findings, but also a number of theoretical approaches to space, mappings, and geographical perspectives. We want to investigate how Christianity changes membership in the ancient city, whether the polis as a concept continued to play a role in the discourse on ";citizenship"; in the oikoumene and if so what that role looked like, and address recent scholarship positing (once more) the decline of the Roman empire.

Notes: 

This course is co-taught with Professor Rebecca Lyman