(Roman) North Africa from 300-500 CE

History 280A

Fall 2012
Instructor: 
Location: 
3104 DWINELLE
Day & Time: 
Th 1-3P
CCN: 
39744
Units: 
4

North Africa has long been considered a space apart in the Western Roman empire, not least because of its long periods of peace and prosperity. As Brent Shawís 2011 book on Sacred Violence stresses, however, peace and prosperity were achieved in a context of strive. What then was going on in this province? What does recent research, including archaeological research tell us? How did this part of the empire transform itself into a Christian part, and what are the repercussions? And how different was Africa? Tracing the history of the region between (roughly) the rule of Diocletian and the end of the Vandals should shed some light on a number of important questions, from rural settlements to the decline of Rome even if, inevitably, the figure of Augustine will tower over all else.

Course Books

Optatus: Against the Donatists by Edwards,M. Liverpool University Press. ISBN: 978-0853237525 Required
Donatist Martyr Stories: The Church in Conflict in Roman North Africa by Tilley, M. Liverpool Press. ISBN: 978-0853239314 Required
Augustine: Political Writings by Augustine; Dodaro, R. Cambridge. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0521446976 Required
Peasant and Empire in Christian North Africa by Dossey, L. UC Press. ISBN: 978-0520254398 Optional